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The Westboro Baptist Church will protest at Reddit’s headquarters, but first, they’ll do an AMA


At this point, the anti-gay shenanigans of the Westboro Baptist Church are well known. Their penchant for protesting any and everything makes them predictable and predictably boring.

At the same time, you might get a kick out of this one:

After a former Westboro Baptist Church member did a tell-all Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Monday, the group has decided that Reddit is yet another spawn of sin that they must righteously protest.

They’ll picket outside the Reddit headquarters in San Francisco on August 12th. But not before they host their own Reddit AMA on August 10th.

So, to clarify, they will use Reddit software and servers to digitally reach internet users and then physically stand outside the corporate offices shaking their fists. But, then again, with the Westboro Baptist Church (famous for picketing funerals, praising the murder of elementary school children, and other vices), this lack of coherence of thinking or consistency in actions is fairly standard.

Or as they put it:

“Westboro Baptist Church will use the Reddit platform, which is usually filled with vanity, science falsely so-called, and other sundry lies; to instead preach righteousness & spread the gospel,” they wrote.

On the other hand, if you are actually interested in something that won’t melt your brain, take some time to read the more fascinating answers from former Westboro Baptist member Zach Phelps-Roper’s AMA.

Phelps-Roper, who is a grandson of the Church’s leader Fred Phelps, left the church earlier this year for less hate-mongering pastures.

He has come out of it with an admirable amount of perspective and some interesting tidbits about life in the church — and life in the Phelps family.

Among other things, he discussed the Westboro Baptist Church member who uses Reddit to spread Church propaganda.

Jael Holroyd has participated in a Westboro AMA in the past, but has also become a regular troller user of the site, dutifully submitting links to starting posts like this: Why would Westboro Baptist Church picket Reddit headquarters?

So far it seems that the Reddit community has reacted to Holroyd and the attention-seeking “church” with yawns and downvotes.

Abby Phillip is a general assignment national reporter for the Washington Post. She can be reached at On Twitter: @abbydphillip



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