UPDATE: Video of the protest/counter protest at The White House.
The Rotting Cryptkeeper's family made a whirlwind tour through the National Capital Region today and indirectly raised money for the causes they hate. The best part is, the Phelps' family will recieve a lovely thank you card with the amount he raised from everyone who donated. From Kellen Baker via the Bilerico Project (profiled here):
This upcoming Monday, March 30, Phelps and his clan from the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) will be bringing their so-called "Love Crusade," also known as "God Hates Fags" or "God Hates America," to the DC area to picket Fairfax High School, George Mason University, several embassies, and the White House. Phelps and WBC have gained notoriety over the last fifteen years by waging a publicity war against America, which Phelps calls a modern-day Sodom and Gomorrah. WBC takes every opportunity to protest events ranging from LGBT Pride Weeks to the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it's our turn – and I can't wait.
On Monday, join us from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM in front of the White House for one of the DC area's three Phelps-A-Thons. Started by Boston-based LGBT activist Chris Mason, Phelps-A-Thons are an easy way to harness the voices of hatred in support of a good cause. The way it works is simple: for every minute that they spread their hate, they'll be raising money for organizations that support LGBT rights through your pledges and the pledges of supportive friends and family members.
The event at the White House will be raising money for Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, a local DC group that opposes hate-based violence in all its forms, and the events at Fairfax High School and George Mason University will benefit each school's Gay-Straight Alliance and Pride Week, respectively.
If you can't be there in person at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave at 11:30 on March 30 to keep an eye on the scoreboard as the WBC crowd racks up the minutes, get some good karma by turning hatred into a positive contribution to our community. Pledge any amount that you like, from $0.01 to $1 a minute or more – every little bit helps. Pledge your support for equality at www.Phelps-A-Thon.com/whitehouse.html!
I can't say how much this is a really clever idea. Turning hate into something positive for the community. I encourage everyone no matter where you live, to keep an eye on the godhatesfags.com website (sorry, no link love here) and organize other Phelps-A-Thons for every protest they make. If they protest a church, raise money for the church. If they protest a school, raise money for the school or GSA. If they protest a funeral, raise money for the family, care packages, or local VFW, USO chapters.
Again, great work Kellan!