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Westboro Protests at JTS

Westboro Baptist Church members, purveyors of, well, controversial ideas, were protesting at the Jewish Theological Seminary at 122nd Street today.

Their chants were protested by members of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, silently holding signs.

The whole awkward affair was watched over by several police officers, who kindly told Bwog to “move along” before they pounced on an onlooker who shouted “Can’t hear you, brah” at the protesters.

JTS WBC protest 1

Update, 4:42 PM: David Fine, CC ’13, sent in his pictures and video of the protest.

More uncomfortable photos after the jump.

Photos by Anish Bramhandkar

JTS WBC protest 2

JTS WBC protest 3

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  • more support for says:

    @more support for killing all people associated with the western religions.

    1. #1: says:

      @#1: I hope this is satirical. I can’t tell.

    2. red says:

      @red Agree with #1 and hope this is satirical. Also, is it lost on you that the people on the right (counter-protesters) are from the InterVarsity CHRISTIAN Fellowship.

      This is like saying that all Muslims should be killed since a few extreme “muslims” used a perverted interpretation of the Koran to justify the 9/11 attacks.

      1. red says:

        @red Sorry, that should have been “Agree with #2”.

        1. Blue says:

          @Blue Hey RED, my Pokémon looks a lot stronger.

          1. .... says:

            @.... Trolling is an science, not a art.

  • pokemon says:

    @pokemon references. golden.

  • Does that sign says:

    @Does that sign in the first pic say “Bitch Burger”? What does that even mean?

  • was says:

    @was there a specific reason for the protest?
    or were they just bored today and couldn’t think of another way to enjoy the sunshine?

    1. they says:

      @they dont enjoy the sunshine. i think they would enjoy things like the rapture.

  • way to be says:

    @way to be intervarsity christians, much love from your Jewish brethren here.


  • urban dictionary... says:

    @urban dictionary... 1. bitch burger
    an insult directed toward people who are mean or rude to everyone for no reason. someone you want to smush into a burger and fry them up nice and good.
    joe: oh my god! Karlie is pissing me off!

    Perhaps the irony is lost on them…

  • snarky procrastination says:

    @snarky procrastination Today on Ultimate Smackdown to the Death (and consequentially eternity in paradise)!

    In this corner, serving up brimstone and bitch burgers, Christians who love God who hates! (Cheers!)

    And in this corner, looking dapper but ever so clueless, Christians who love God who loves! (Huzzah!)

    (Jesus Christ, it’s the blind leading the blind…wasn’t there a parable about that or something?)

  • no kidding here... says:

    @no kidding here... Unfortunately, they are totally serious. No sarcasm at all. If you don’t believe me, check wikipedia or youtube.

  • credit says:

    @credit where credit is due.

    The Christians were able to use the series of tubes to find JTS. I went to columbia for a few years before I knew JTS existed. Bravo you have outdone me.

  • move says:

    @move Yea Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, rock on. Show ’em what Christianity is really about. Love is the movement

  • yaimen says:

    @yaimen fuck these cocksuckers.

  • clg says:

    @clg The BBC’s Louis Theroux did an excellent and telling documentary (all his docs are great, though) on the WBC a few years ago. Actually stayed on the compound and got to know the members. Ultimately, it’s very sad. I feel for the children who got sucked up into this clusterfuck of irrationality against their will. Aboslutely a must watch.

  • clg says:

    @clg pardon my previous linkage…it works but, like the wbc, is irrational.

  • westboro baptist says:

    @westboro baptist are basically just a bunch of real-life internet trolls. the whole church, which is basically just one family, just tries to come up with the most hateful things they can say just to get people mad. their theology, and this is no joke is basically, the world will save all eight of us, and everyone else is going to hell.

    they are a total bunch of assclowns.

  • yaimen says:

    @yaimen fuck your daughter’s father’s mother.

  • gay pride parade says:

    @gay pride parade at the westboro baptist church? every week? Sunday mornings?

    all in favor, say aye

    1. ALERT says:

      @ALERT The problem with doing that is that they’ll probably respond with firearms…

  • news says:

    @news According to what I’ve heard, if I’m not mistaken, this very same group has been granted a permit to deliver its self-styled brand of hatred to a string of synagogues and, amazingly, a public middle school tomorrow in a Long Island town with a large Jewish community– causing so much anticipated disruption for the schoolchildren that their school day may effectively be cut in half. This, in any event, is what I heard several days ago. I don’t suspect my sources realized just how few crooked souls this organization can cobble together for a “demonstration.” Then again, perhaps the prospect of taunting schoolchildren, rather than seminary students and the occasional passersby in a hitherto hidden corner of the upper-west side, will be a greater lure for the types of crooked souls in question.

  • Ben says:

    @Ben Where are the pictures of the intervarsity group?

  • I was there says:

    @I was there But can’t be seen in the pictures (I’m at the bus stop). Watching a child wear a shirt that says “God hates fags” was quite disturbing. Also, it was odd to watch the whole family jump into a family minivan with bloody flags of Israel and an American flag apron.

  • this says:

    @this is the same group that protests the funerals of american soldiers killed in iraq with t-shirts that say ‘god loves dead soldiers’ and also came out with ‘god loves hurricane katrina’ and ‘god loves 9/11’ a while back.

    1. they're says:

      @they're real life trolls. and in-bred. they’re literally like a big actual family, or not so big. trolling is an science, not a art.

  • Lucy Sun says:

    @Lucy Sun I’m so glad our own campus Inter-Varsity Christians were there. Honestly, I cry when I look at the second picture, especially when I see the rainbow flag.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Lets go Columbians! We’ll give them a nice chat on tolerance just like that Iranian chap whose arse we fixed… oh wait, he’s worse than before. Smug intellectuals of the world unite to crush superstition! Hang on sec, I just received a blinding insight that says when self-righteous so-called intellectuals battle with self-righteous idiots it emits fallout that turns brains to pudding.

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