The Westboro Baptist Church was out-protested by Zombie picketers.
When the Kansas-based church announced its plan to picket Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military base south of Seattle, Melissa Neace organized a counter-protest.
However, she decided to create something out of the ordinary.
“We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at. It was the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful,” she told the News Tribune.
Neace launched a Facebook group titled “Zombie-ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!” She was able to gather 300 counter-protesters in zombie costumes.
They outnumbered Westboro’s picketers.
One of the protestors who joined the Zombie picket told KIRO, “I think that their message is very hateful, and Jesus was not a hateful person. He loved everybody.”
Westboro Baptist Church had been picketing military funerals for months. They believe that soldiers who die in Afghanistan and Iraq are God’s punishment for the United States’s tolerance of homosexuality.
The controversial efforts of the group had been shunned by counter-protesters like the zombie picket that Neace organized. A few weeks ago, thousands of people in red shirts formed a human wall around a soldier’s funeral to block the Westboro protestors.