Westboro Baptist Church: Government Psy-Op
Written by Katin for IPCRESS Blog
This essay was written in July, 2006, shortly after the Westboro Baptist Church came to my town in order to protest the funeral of a soldier who had died in Iraq. While the activities of this bizarre group are discussed all over the Internet, the local populations of these small towns are unfamiliar with them and their appearance is often a complete surprise. It’s one thing to read about them, but you really have to be there to experience the psychological impact which results from their antics. At one point, a man standing not far from me seemed to break down and began shouting, “Shut up! Just shut up! Why won’t you shut up?”
The Westboro Baptist Church is back in the news. It seems that someone is trying to sue them for “intentional emotional abuse” and “invasion of privacy,” and perhaps some other charges as well. By now, most people are familiar with the WBC and their leader, Fred Phelps. These people travel the country, disrupting soldiers’ funerals with their loud protests. They claim to be protesting the godless, “homosexual culture” of the USA, and so, they protest these funerals, as the troops died defending this culture. These people showed up at my hometown last summer, and I was able to see them in action. This is a small town just north of Boston, and most of the people here were familiar with the soldier who had died. Several days before the funeral, rumors began circulating that an “anti-war” group was going to come and protest the funeral. Nobody seemed to have any idea just who these people were, and most of the local papers described them as “war protesters” or “anti-war.”
The Westboro Baptist Church is a government Psy-Op (Psychological Operation.) After seeing them in action, I have no doubt of this.
The government is very sensitive about the bodies of these soldiers coming back to these small towns. All the coffins come into the country through only one air base, and they are careful not to allow anyone to photograph them. These small-town funerals are breeding grounds for anti-war sentiment, as people will naturally ask “Why did this person have to die?” These events have a strong impact on small towns. Nothing fuels anger towards the war more than these funerals: and the government knows this. Into this reflective, politically-charged atmosphere comes the WBC to work their magic. Here are pictures as they protested outside the church.
The first thing that happens is that they divert any possible anger against the government, and direct it upon themselves. People who might have been angry about the war are now angry at the three nitwits calling the local hero a “fag” and describing how he will “burn in hell” because he fought for a “fag country.” As I walked through the crowd, you could really get a sense that these people were galvanizing the patriotic spirit of everyone around there.
Second, the WBC attracted an enormous police presence. Riflemen were in buildings, there were armored vehicles, SWAT teams, mounted police, and police from several different towns. It was a “show,” being put on for the benefit of the townspeople. The massive display of arms was to reassure people that they would be protected from these fanatics. In fact, the police were there to protect the WBC and prevent a riot from breaking out.
Third, their presence is spun to reflect our “Freedom of Speech,” and how the government tolerates any sort of dissent… no matter how ridiculous it may sound.
Fourth, The people are led to believe that these people are “war protesters,” and many of the local papers described them that way.
Fifth, this fits perfectly with The Establishment’s ongoing effort to discredit all world religions in preparation for its eventual implementation of a secular State Religion, similar to Orwell’s prediction made many years ago. Remember that the Iraq War is now being described as a “religious conflict,” and this bogus explanation is used with great effect to disguise our true imperialistic goal of establishing a ground force in the Middle East to use as a staging area for further operations. The WBC provides the perfect “Anti-Christian” image to compliment the ravings of Pro-Establishment Atheist mouthpieces, such as Christopher Hitchens, who forward the theory that religious people are the real enemy in the world today .
When they notified the town that they were coming, there was no place to put them. There was simply no available space across or near the church, so the police decided to put them in a parking lot some distance away, where they would not be seen. Strangely, the State Police notified the local police, saying that the Westboro crowd HAD to be placed front-and-center, no matter how inconvenient. As the top photo shows, the local cops were forced to rope-off a tiny piece of the sidewalk for the WBC to have their protest. I thought it was kind of strange that the police went to such ends to accommodate these people. A special detachment of Boston Transportation Police escorted the WBC into town, where they were allowed to stay somewhere (no one knows where this was) for some time before and after the funeral. At the church service, people were not even allowed to approach the WBC protesters or exchange words with them. They received amazing police protection. They left several hours afterwards with full escort and at high speed, so that no one could follow them.
According to the WBC “Myth,” local law enforcement has to bend over backwards for the WBC, because the Church has the habit of filing all sorts of lawsuits against the police, the town officials, residents, and anyone they can. I think this is bullshit. These people are on constant “tour,” and may visit a dozen funerals in a week. Their travels are well-coordinated and they are in locations all over the country. How would it be possible for them to maintain nuisance lawsuits in all of these faraway locations? Also, why can’t the local police departments tell them that they are unable to provide adequate police protection for them? If some ordinary person showed up at one of these funerals with a legitmate anti-war message, or just stood outside Town Hall, they would be immediately arrested for disturbing the peace. I can’t imagine them winning any sort of lawsuit against authorities. It seems odd that throughout ALL the massive anti-war protests of the past that no one until Fred Phelps discovered that all you had to do was simply sue the police to make them treat you nicely.
And, who finances the WBC? The internet says they have over 100 members who all donate money out of their own pockets. How do they know this? Did Phelps give them this information? Fred Phelps was invited to BOTH of Bill Clinton’s Inaugural Balls. Huh? These people have this strident “Anti-Fag” position, but they support Liberal presidential candidates? Huh?
Fred arose from total obscurity and poverty. According to the story, he maintained his large family for almost 10 years by sending his children out selling candy door-to-door… if you believe that.
They are not associated with any other religious groups, Aryan Nations, white separatists, the Klan… no one.
Phelps is a lawyer, as are most of his children. They travel around the country and do whatever they want while threatening everyone with nuisance lawsuits if they are denied permission to protest or inconvenienced in any way. I’m just not buying that. Look at all the bullshit which went down at the RNC in 2004. Could THESE people have sued the city of New York for being placed in faraway “free speech zones?” Why aren’t the WBC loonies placed in off-site “free speech zones?” Why is the WBC provided with extensive police protection and the right to protest as close as possible to the event, while established anti-war organizations are harassed and inconvenienced in all sorts of ways?
The last time Fred was in Canada, the Canadian authorities threw him in jail, and released him with a warning never to come back (he did not.)
This latest lawsuit against the WBC is going to fall on deaf ears, I can guarantee that. These people are Establishment shills of some sort, and their little stage play serves the interests of the government very well. Several friends here came to the same conclusion, claiming these people were obvious government stooges. These people travel the country and, along with their police escorts, put on this little “event” at all the soldiers’ funerals. Some people believe that these off-the-wall religious groups are the products of government mind control programs, and there may be some truth to that.