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article imageWestboro Baptist Church plans to picket at the Super Bowl

By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 5, 2011 in Sports
Arlington - Westboro Baptist Church members will join the Terrible Towels fans, the Cheeseheads and football fanactics at Cowboys Stadium this weekend to picket Sundays Super Bowl featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers.
The church announced the protest on its website by saying "WBC will cover the Super Bowl with a huge wet blanket! We have no good news! Your destruction is imminent, you reveling, drunken, whoring perverts! You have no money, jobs, homes or hope, but you got your football!"
The Westboro Church group, led by the Rev. Fred Phelps and daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper, have packed their bags, a few adults and handful of small children into their church van for the drive from Topeka, Kansas to Arlington, Texas to bring their bible-thumping, in-your-face style of picketing to the National Football League's Super Bowl pre-game events.
Whether they will get any reaction from the fans who have one thing on their mind, Football, has yet to be seen. Unlike many of Westboro's protest around the nation this one has not drawn the attention of local counter-protesters, seen in past national disaster and events on the news and active on social-media sites like Facebook, organizing the efforts to counter the Phelps family.
A rambling press release by the church offered the following explanation to football fans:
God has blinded your eyes and stopped up your ears so you do not even see or hear your destruction coming upon you, like the world before The Flood! For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Mt. 24:38-39.)
You are in this condition because you would not hear or obey your God or His servants He sent to warn you. Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed: Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit. (Isa. 55:12-14.)
Destruction is WBC's prayer for Doomed america!
The Kansas church, known for picketing the funerals of slain military servicemen, political and public figures and even children, choose to blame these deaths on the country's tolerance of homosexuality, may be wasting their time on this cross-cross roadtrip.
This years Super Bowl protest, sponsored by the Westboro Baptist Church, may go down as the first public picketing event of 2011 that goes unnoticed by football fans, allowing the church members to do what most Americans will be doing on Sunday, watching the football game and its halftime show, enjoying their favorite cold beverage and critiquing the commercials.
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