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Westboro bigots protest at NBA finals over league’s policy against gay slurs

Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Westboro Baptist bigots brought their special brand of hate to game three of the NBA Finals on Sunday to protest the league’s policy against gay slurs.

Members of the Topeka, Kan.-based church, demonstrated outside American Airlines Center in Dallas, displaying their familiar “God hates fags” posters, along with others that included NBA Commissioner David Stern’s photo.

KDAF-TV

Westboro member Steve Drain

The anti-gay extremists were protesting a new NBA policy that prohibits the use of hate speech, including gay slurs — Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah were recently fined for using gay slurs.

“Now David Stern, the tyrant commissioner of the NBA is jamming a message down the throat of America that not only is it okay to be gay but you don’t even want to use the word gay in a negative connotation,” said Steve Drain with the church.

“God hates fags. God hates fag enablers. Therefore God hates David Stern and the NBA.”

The demonstrators didn’t get much support from the fans, who seem puzzled by Westboro’s lack of “constructive things to do,” and mostly pitied the children who appeared forced to participate in the spectacle.

Watch a news report here from KDAF-TV:

The Westboro church, led by founder Fred Phelps, is not affiliated with the Baptist denomination or any other Baptist church. According to news reports, almost all of its members — fewer than 100 — are related to Phelps by either by blood or marriage.

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26 more reader comments:

  1. lol o

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:54pm
  2. ok then

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:55pm
  3. i hate the westboro baptist church. someone should beat them up.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:56pm
  4. lets hold a protest against WBC breathing our air!!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:57pm
  5. Not funny @steph. No violence for us, no violence for anyone. Regardless of how bigoted a group and/or person is.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:57pm
  6. I would say something to make them look ridiculous
    But…
    Um…

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:57pm
  7. … really? they have NOTHING better to do then fight pro-slurs?

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:58pm
  8. if they protest my uncle’s military funeral, i WILL freak out.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 8:59pm
  9. These people need to get a life. Seriously.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:00pm
  10. I love how fantastic religious people can be… O.o “We are loving and caring, join us!!! EXCEPT FOR GAYS, TRANSGENDERS, HUMANS, …” Bleh… Fuck you religion… really…

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:00pm
  11. the only way we can get rid of them is banning the westboro form news papers, online articles, tv. lets pretend they dont exist. lets all get together so the media dont acknowledge them. the true is that they’ll never stop doing what they’re doing, hate to admit it…but its true. they feed off our feelings towards them. The Media Needs To Stop Giving Them The Attention They Don’t Deserve.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:00pm
  12. they will find a “logical” reason for them to protest anything.. its getting so far fetched now NO ONE should take them seriously anymore

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:00pm
  13. Basketball is obv one of the many tools of the devil.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:00pm
  14. @tatianna and jessica- yes!!

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:03pm
  15. People should have thrown food and drinks at them.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:03pm
  16. Annnd the WBC gets some nice juicy free advertisement…thanks guys…

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:11pm
  17. wow these people really need to get a life..

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:13pm
  18. I just need to say that not all christians are like this… I’m a christian and I fully support gay rights. These are just a bunch of crazy hateful people.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:52pm
  19. Good point, we should not use violence. But, what we should do is make it illegal for them to buy posterboards. That’ll teach em.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 9:56pm
  20. Exactly what cindy said. Theres a huge difference between christians such as myself, and “christians” who spread hate and intolerance. WBC just needs to be forgotten about. They merely seek media attention to spread their hate speech and cruelty.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 10:07pm
  21. They’ll never learn. God will punish them for their actions, not the LGBT community’s actions. Same for the straight allies.

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 10:19pm
  22. well if the WBC is protesting then the NBA must be doing something right!

    Posted on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at 10:59pm
  23. U mad bro? Lol Fred Phelps wasn’t held enough as a child that’s GOTTA explain the sharp stick he’s had stuck up his ass for the past 60 years

    Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 3:23am
  24. What really kills me about the inbred morons of the WBC is that the cowards use their own children as human shields. I saw it firshand when the yellow-bellied idiots came to Ft Bragg a few years ago.

    Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 4:22am
  25. So incredibly sad…

    Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 5:08am
  26. I’m sure God loves hate…yup, that makes total sense…

    Posted on Monday, June 6, 2011 at 5:19am