When Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps died Thursday, many discussed what would be the best way to picket his funeral for a change. Cooler heads have prevailed, and “counter-protesters” outside a Lorde concert met Westboro picketers with a sign reading simply, “Sorry for your loss.”

  • Billie Slash

    Ted Cruz needs to borrow this sign for the Hillary supporters in 2016.

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      I wonder how the libs will react when Hillary doesn’t even make it through the Primaries? Many libs may be yelling “Hillary 2016”, but it looked like she was set to make a clean sweep in 2008. And we all know what happened there. And she didn’t have Benghazi and her other failures as SOS hanging over her head. The other Democrats are going to want the Oval Office as well, and they are going to bury her with Benghazi.

      Political parties may show a united front most of the time. But when they are fighting for the same office, they will eat eachother. And it’s going to be hilarious watching members of her own party tearing her apart in the Democrat Primaries over Benghazi.

      • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

        They’ll get a real kick in the proverbial crotch if voter ID ever becomes a thing and we can get some bean counters to verify vote integrity.

        • Billie Slash

          Voter ID IS a thing now, and not a minute too soon.

          • H50 ✓RAT

            Its catching fire, but its not everywhere and DOJ is still fighting tooth and nail. Needs to be tho!

      • H50 ✓RAT

        Totally agree with her not making the cut in favor of another again, but the only one that I can think of that wont make people auto-barf is Chris VanHolland (sp?). Who else can they run who can make it thru the primaries do you think?

  • BAW

    This is exactly how you tell the truly good and decent people. Their response is not an attack. Like Christians when attacked responding with, “I’ll pray for you.” I only wish I could always be so nice. (It’s not actually a “wish.” I had a friend I actually fussed at for making me be nicer than I wanted to be. I’m naturally feisty. Not mean but not that “nice.” I think it comes with the red hair.)

    • Matthew Koch

      GINGER!

      • BAW

        I was going to agree “ginger” and I’ve been told “cheeky.” But that doesn’t caption your cartoon well. I’m not short and fat, just short and old.

  • $98442859

    :)

  • H50 ✓RAT

    They are better folks than I and so I applaud them.

    • Sean Barrentine

      Same here, Hana. I’d be more likely to wear a shirt from Grunt Style that says something rather impolite regarding WBC. I try to be nice, but with as much military in my family and friends as I have, it’s easier said than done. Class act response, though. Who knows? Maybe they’ll figure things out with this.

      • H50 ✓RAT

        Doubt they will have an epiphany, but hope does spring eternal.

  • https://youtu.be/h82D5ZvcALM CrustyB

    The actual Christian response.

    • Happy Dragon

      Well, Christ did overturn tables in the Temple.

      But no, this is what Jesus would do in this scenario.

      • Chris

        He turned tables over because the people were making a mockery of the holy place. He didnt turn them over to cause a scene.

  • Matthew Koch

    Very nice. Fred Phelps wasn’t a nice man, but I certainly won’t celebrate his demise either.

    • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

      Off topic-
      Do you get a lot of crap from liberals when they see your last name? They seem to be obsessive about the “Koch bros”, and alternate between obsessing over them and yelling their name for no apparent reason.
      I knew people with that last name in school, but it was pronounce “Cook” in MN at the time.
      Just curious if your name alone sends liberals screaming away.

      • Matthew Koch

        My name is pronounced the same as theirs. No one has ever said anything to my face yet though. If anyone ever does ask if I’m related my plan is to lie and say yes just to see how they’ll react.

        My guess is anyone that has Koch Derangement Syndrome is probably too stupid to realize that Koch is a very common German name.

        • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

          Or you could tell them you were related to former NYC Mayor Edward I. Koch, pronounced “cotch,” only he didn’t even know how to pronounce his own name.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    If I could be persuaded that the “counter-protesters” were completely sincere in this (not saying they aren’t– I just don’t know), I’d say they were standing up for common decency a helluva lot more than Fred Phelps ever did.

    Even if, as I suspect is possible (however remotely is anyone’s guess), these people were merely trying to poke a sharp stick in the eyes of the Westboro zealots, still, the sign bespeaks common decency. One would really need to know the hearts of these people to judge. In this case the judge-not-that-you-not-be-judged maxim ought to prevail, and I applaud the message in any event. Cynicism may have a time and a place, and I don’t think it’s here and now, when most people’s takeaway from seeing the photo will be positive whatever the motives of the “counter-protesters.”

    • Kickass Conservative

      “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” — Romans 12:19-21 (NIV)

      • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

        THAT is the quote I was trying to think of.
        Thank you for posting it, with reference.

    • Harlan Hikaru Fox

      I mostly agree that their motivation is more along the “internet troll” sort of reaction, that they’re just, as you said, poking a stick in the eyes of the Westboro Cult. If the intent wasn’t to taunt, they wouldn’t hold up signs at all, or even be there.

      • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        But if that’s true, what do you think they would say if someone thanked them (sincerely) for their kind gesture? Would they call that person stupid, for not realizing they were trying to take the piss outta WBC? Would they dissemble and thank the person for having said something kind themself? Would they slyly wink at the person and ask if that person was playing games, too? Would they say, get lost, take your game elsewhere?

        If they WERE in fact being “Internet-troll”-like, just like WBC was, they may only have succeeded in engendering something they likely didn’t intend, just as WBC did. Some people are just blinded by their spite and malice to the consequences of what they say and do.

      • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

        My thoughts exactly. Not there’s anything wrong with getting under the WBC’s skin.

  • felicityva

    There is still a shred of hope for humanity.

  • junkbondtrader41

    Never let it be said I don’t give credit where credit is due.

    The lefties here are displaying a class and a decency the Westboro mouthbreathers never did.

    Though a darker part of me wants a gang of burly veterans to pound the crap out of every identifiable male in that “church” as justice for all the soldiers’ funerals they defiled over the years!

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      Then there’s the story of the hard-ass sergeant who told the private, “I’ll bet, if you make it out alive and I don’t, that when the war’s over, you’ll find where I’m buried and pee on my grave!”

      The private answered, “Hell no, Sarge, not me– once I’m out of the Army, I ain’t standing in any long lines if I can help it!”

      Some of the vets might feel the same way, you’d hope. No sense their getting into any trouble in scrapes with any people THIS pissant.

    • Worship Dancer

      i sincerely doubt these people are lefties.

  • $29520529

    Good to see. Nicely done.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Even if ol’ Fred doesn’t deserve it, for the earthly things he and his group have done, he deserves it, just to show how (really) classy real people are. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • http://twitter.com/starwarsfan107 Hayekguy

    It’s always nice to see some class being portrayed. They’re better than I even.

  • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Ugh.

    *sigh*

    “Yet, the message meant nothing to Steve Drain a longtime Westboro member.

    “I don’t even know what they’re saying,” he said.”

    http://www.kshb.com/news/local-news/westboro-baptist-church-protests-lorde-concert-first-protest-since-phelps-passing

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      “… ‘I don’t even know what they’re saying,’ he said.”

      Sorta like with MSM reporting on Tea Party types; there are none so blind as those with glassy-eyed stares, uncomprehending of what is directly in front of their very eyes if it isn’t what they were trained to see.

      • $98442859

        Spiritually blind, if he really knew what they were saying he’d understand.

      • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

        I kinda wonder if it could be an allusion to Fred having been kicked out of the church, therefore the remaining members didn’t “lose” anything ’cause Fred no longer existed to them.

  • Super Marsupial

    Their loss of what. their sanity? That happened a long time ago.

  • Chip

    Hopefully, we can stand in Harry Reid’s yard on the 5th of November with the same sign….

    • Hey, That’s Pretty Good

      I’m leaving class at home and holding up a great big “SUCK IT” sign.

      • Worship Dancer

        nah more like WE WON GET OVER IT!

        • Ms. Abigail van Beagle

          Hmmm…where have we heard that one before?
          I think between cries of “You’re a racist” and “Bush was worse”, every frickin time a liberal runs out of ammo.

          • Worship Dancer

            yep AND every time we tell them obummercare needs to be repealed.

        • bungopony

          You guys are gonna be sooo disappointed.I hope I’m wrong.

          • Worship Dancer

            what that hairy roid gets fired? yea you’re probably right sadly.

  • Guest

    Please. These are opportunists hoping to gain sympathy from the easily fooled.
    Oh look at how compassionate and ‘classy’ they are, aren’t they just wonderful..
    They’ll be back to spewing their venom at anyone who isn’t famous before Fred Phelps is even in the ground.

  • agentm0m

    Classier than I would have managed. Applauds for their ability to keep it classy.

  • Happy Dragon

    I like Twitchy’s (really) in the title.

  • DeadlockVictim

    Now that is some PhD-level trolling.

  • Ralph_Gizzip

    How sweet would it be if GLAAD was the group behind (NPI) the banner?

  • Chris Hightower

    Classier than me. I would’ve had quotes around the word sorry. :)

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    Apparently, Phelps got excommunicated from his own cult. Hopefully this means he saw the errors of his ways before his death.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Wow. So these people took the high road. Good for them.

  • LochGates44

    I think it’s better to just ignore these people.

  • John Kenner

    Over the long term, all forms of collectivism depend upon plunder and require certain people to decide who gets what, when, and how.

  • sizemorew

    Much, much classier than what I would’ve done. Kudos to those counter protesters.