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Disgusting! Church Plans To Picket Constance's Graduation!

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There are truly no words for this.

As if poor Constance McMillen hasn't been through enough with the deplorable and disgusting discrimination she's faced regarding her school prom, the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church announced that it plans on picketing her graduation!

The press release says:

“[We] will picket the graduation of Itawamba Agricultural High School to remind the parents, teachers and students of this nation that God said 'Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination.' This generation has been raised to believe that they can live for the devil and still go to heaven, that God has no standards and the biggest lie of all – that God loves everyone.”

It truly saddens us to think that there are people in this world who could be capable of this kind of hatred and believe that is all in the name of a higher power.

Stay strong, Constance! You've already come this far!

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253 comments to “Disgusting! Church Plans To Picket Constance's Graduation!”

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  1. 1

    religion is bad, mmmkay

  2. 2

    of course they are *rolls-eyes*

  3. 3

    what a bunch of idiots!!!!

  4. 4

    /b/ should RREALLY take a break from scientology and picket THAT church!

  5. 5

    wow i can't believe her church did that shit!
    some people are so mean

  6. 6

    This is so wrong! Leave this poor girl alone!!!

  7. 7

    Church should be in quotes- just sayin'. "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

  8. 8

    i think those people are assholes and she go to hell! this poor girl has done nothing wrong and what happen to god loves us all? and forgives? those dumb fucks!

  9. 9

    Someone needs to invite the Patriot Guard to picket WBC.

    Crazy fuckers.

  10. 10

    It seriously saddens me to see that so many people are against this poor girl and the way she is.
    Leave her alone, let her graduate in peace and with the people who love her, not with those who don't.

  11. 11

    This absolutely sickens me. I feel so bad for this girl, her senior year has been hell! This is an important milestone in her life. She won't be recognized for what she's accomplished, but for her sexual orientation. She can't even enjoy it because of these idiots. Well, you have my congratulations, Constance!

  12. 12

    What a sick, sick pack of people, those protesters. Burn in hell.

  13. 13

    it sickens me how these people are! it makes me ashamed to be a christian with dumbfucks like this in the world!

  14. 14

    unbelievably disgusting

  15. 15

    is there no way to stop them? i mean i get that the school has been very unsupportive but they surely cant want this on their grounds?
    it does make me so proud that i live in a country where none of this could happen. the law protects us in britain, it makes it clear that no one should ever be treated differently because of their sexuality.

  16. 16

    it seems more like the devil has overpowered them! not Constance's…
    I bevelive in God but not in relegion, religion is Man made… and man will always desagree! #TeamConstance's

  17. 17

    There is a fantastic group of bikers called the Patriot Guard Riders who will show up to an event like this (mostly they work the funerals of soldiers who the westboro baptist church protest) but they are the bomb! I encourage you Perez and all your readers who stand for injustices such as this to support and get involved with their local chapter of the Patriot Guard Riders and visit their website, they are a cool bunch of people.

  18. 18

    These are a horrible bunch of people. They came to my town twice to picket funerals of marines, one who died serving the country and Maria Lauterbach's funeral. They have no right to hurt this poor girl too.

  19. 19

    The gay and lesbian community should rally the troops and attend the graduation for support.

  20. 20

    God does love everyone. The spokesperson (and whoever believes what this person is spouting) of the Westboro Baptist Church is/are the true sinner(s).

  21. 21




  22. 22

    WoW… I'm Speechless. I'm all about going and protesting her courage and awesomeness. Stay strong girl!

  23. 23

    Once again this is hate disguised as religion. Some dumbass followers reading a fiction book pulling out bits of a "story" to suit their dumbass thinking. Religion is the root to all evil.

  24. 24

    Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind, it is abomination.'

    She not laying with mankind, she is actually laying with womankind. So I guess its ok

  25. @v@ says – reply to this


    Westboro would do better to remember the phrase 'Judge not, lest ye be judged.'

    I see hateful people. This is a polarizing, judgemental and completely negative thing to do to a young girl, and will not serve to sway anyone to their ministry. Cherry picking passages to suit your questionable motive does not consider the entire message of the good book. Theology does not bear this single passage out. Look deeper.

  26. 26

    thank god, i'm an atheist!

  27. 27

    They must be really bored with their lives to pick on an innocent girl…on her graduation day???? Seriously?

  28. 28

    Not surprised. Westboro Baptist Church, they're crazy and they picket everywhere. They even picketed at a soldiers funeral before.

  29. 29

    all this ist just disgusting. these days, i am more ashamed than proud to be a member of the catholic church.

    i, too know of course that you should not, and could not, judge a religion by some fucked up pieces of garbage that also represent this religion,
    but man, it's getting hard!
    more and more scandals about sexual abuse, yet that is easily excusable with "if you regret truly, god will forgive you /god loves everyone, even the sinners' etc etc.

    well what do you say to that, kansas? engaging in same sex molesting is easy to forgive and even easier to explain,
    but a young girl expressing her true, unharmful feelings for another human being is a sin, devilish even?

    i try not to be a pessimist and hold on to some of the idealism all of us had while being young(er), but i'm afraid shit will hit the fan sooner than later.

  30. 30

    Wow..I'm speechless. I think if anything people should go to protest & stand up for her courage and awesomeness. Stay strong girl!

  31. 31

    why do people do this? a graduation should be a time to celebrate a major academic accomplishment… not to listen to bigoted assholes demonstrate a fucking ridiculous, religious belief. and why is it that most people still act upon that particular principle in the bible and choose to ignore the others which they believe are outdated? it's because they are hypocritical, homophobic chauvinists.

  32. 32

    I think people understand this, but if some don't i'd like to point out that Westboro Baptist Church does NOT represent christians everywhere.. The hate that they spew is not from God. As a christian i am disgusted by the way this church is treating this young woman and the way they have treated others in the past. This is not a church of God this is a church of HATE. God does love everyone and it makes me so sad they these people have been lead to believe other wise. My heart goes out to this very brave young girl and i a christian woman support her fully.

  33. 33

    Though I do not at all agree with the crazy picketers my head spun with this statement: "…As if poor Constance McMillen hasn't been through enough…"??? REALLY???

    "Poor Constance", as you are choosing to label her, has voluntarily brought this attention on herself. We ALL wanted attention at this age. Some dye their hair. Some join a band. Some kill themselves. Some kill others. We ALL had our various ways of doing it. I sure did! In this case, she wanted it so bad she was willing to take away a once in a lifetime opportunity for the other students that may have actually wished to attend this prom. Better than killing herself or others but I don't see how she's a "hero".

    You have your right to view "Poor Constance" as a hero of our time. A young girl who, like Martin Luther King I'm sure, stood against oppression heroically and changed our history for the better so much so as to have a national holiday named in her honor.

    I, likewise, have my right to view "Poor Constance" as an attention-seeking selfish little brat that may or may not regret what she has done to her fellow classmates. An attention monger THRILLED to see herself all over the internet despite what her attention-seeking is doing to others.

    As numerous posters have commented, it will make me laugh a little when (if) someone posts a newsbyte about her marriage to a man and she "kinda feels a little bad about wrecking prom for everyone else". (too be cont'd)

  34. 34


    My comment here is ABSOLUTELY NOT for or against homosexual equality. My comment here is simply to voice a personal frustration over a high school kid wanting attention and the damage it has done to the rest of her class.

    By labeling this girl a "hero", you are minimizing what a TRUE hero is.

    Harvey Milk: A true hero that fought and died for gay rights
    Constance Mcmillen: A high school kid that merely wanted attention (and got it costing the rest of her class a prom they were entitled to)

  35. 35

    Westboro, if you guys know, is one of the most corrupt churches in the country…The oppose gay marriage, they hate soldiers, they basically hate everyone (Go to their website) When I first saw it, I thought it was a joke but it is not. Religion isn't bad….just sometimes the churches are corrupt

  36. 36

    Those people are carazzy! I think we should get a large group together and attend the graduation ceremonies in support of our girl. If they showed up at my kids graduation I would go to jail for assault.

  37. 37

    "It truly saddens us to think that there are people in this world who could be capable of this kind of hatred and believe" Wow are you ever backwards were you not thrashing Vanessa Hudgens a couple of post back for no reason? You really are the worst person to speak out against hate it doesn't fit you…I see no point in this the church should back out it's a graduation for christ sakes.

  38. 38

    As a Christian this is embarassing no wonder people think we're crazy. I hope she applied to college far, far away from there.

  39. 39

    WOW! I myself am Mormon, and I, nor my Church would ever do something like this, I mean yeah we did the hole prop 8 thing here in CA, but this is NOT the same. I say leave the poor girl alone.

  40. 40

    Wow what a bunch of losers picketing a young girl. THese are the same fools who picket the family of dead soldiers. It really is time for this group of subhumans to get a dose of their own medicine. Burning in hell is to nice for the Phelps Family.

  41. 41


  42. 42

    Hope the kid can stay strong but this is a lot of pressure for young person to handle. I wish someone would rescue her from that town and help her to start college and work somewhere else.

    She needs people that support her to be at her graduation.

  43. 43

    My comment here is ABSOLUTELY NOT for or against homosexual equality. My comment here is simply to voice a personal frustration over a high school kid wanting attention and the damage it has done to the rest of her class.

    By labeling this girl a "hero", you are minimizing what a TRUE hero is.

    Harvey Milk: A true hero that fought and died for gay rights
    Constance Mcmillen: A high school kid that merely wanted attention (and got it costing the rest of her class a prom they were entitled to)

  44. 44

    Does anyone even care about the Westboro Baptist Church anymore? Seems like they're in my city picketing something every week. They just love the attention and the money they make from the lawsuits. It's a cult of attorneys disguised as a "church"

  45. 45

    ridiculous. the bible also says not to eat shellfish or let pregnant women into church… but ummm.. does anyone listen to those parts? funny how those parts come from the EXACT same part of the bible that says god looks down on man laying with another man. people are always going to be ignorant.

  46. 46

    Wow. What the fuck is in the water at that church??
    They actually believe that god doesn't love everyone??
    Thats exactly why i don't go to church. I may be christian, but the garbage some people pass off as religion is disgusting.
    Stay strong constance! Hold your well deserved diploma up high!!

  47. 47

    Re: miafrea – They're not a Catholic group…

  48. 48

    They shouldn't even be considered a church. The entire Westboro Baptist freaks are all inbred relatives with a few lonely retards in their group. I would love to piss in their eyes.

    Technically what they are doing is going to get them on the V.I.P list to hell. I bet those ignorant morons don't realize that.

  49. 49

    Seriously — being from Kansas I hear so much about this "church". In reality — it's a cult! It brainwashes weak people to do their bidding. The people who run the Westboro Baptist CHurch are all lawyers who prey on people in emotional situations to get attention. If they upset certain groups enough, people will react and then they get slapped with a lawsuit. They do this intentionally to keep their cult funded and in the media spotlight! I really wish media would stop promoting this organization…they're doing these things to get attention…and apparently they keep getting it.

  50. 50

    W.T.F. This 'Church' needs to get its head out of its ass and READ the Good Word!!! "and the biggest lie of all- that God loves everyone."

    Who are THEY to judge…Obviously they do not practice what the claim to 'beleive'..people like this give Christians a bad name:(

  51. 51

    it' ok.. everyone knows westboro baptist church r a bunch of inbred idiots

  52. 52

    Re: Duh Truth Hurtz

    You're the fucking attention whore. A pathetic one at that. I think you're a tad bit jealous. Poor thing. Be a little less ugly and maybe you'll get that attention you so badly NEED.


  53. 53

    Fred Phelps and Co. are awful awful people. As a student at the University Of Kansas which is a liberal arts college with a diverse crowd of students with very different sexual orientations, the Phelps clan is ALWAYS picketing something at our school. Gay pride week was a great example. A drag race on campus was competed with signs of gay bashing and homophobic quotes.(drag racers 1 Phelps 0) He protested at my graduation and many others before me and in our district. He is a disturbed man that deserves to be exiled somewhere far far away.

  54. 54

    If Im not mistaken-this is the same group of wack jobs that pickets military funerals for some kind of anti gay reason.Constance-ignore these assholes and take it from where it comes!!

  55. 55

    As a Christian, I am APPALLED at this statement. God DOES love everyone and that's what our entire religion is about. Anyone who doesn't believe this doesn't understand Christianity or God at all.

  56. 56

    really? God doesn't love everyone?what kind of Christian are you?this sounds like a Salem witch hanging…………….

  57. 57

    I live in Kansas City and grew up having to listen to the stories about these evil people. My father was a piano professor at a college here in town and when one of his students died these people protested at the cemetery during his burial service. However, the city knew had advance warning that the protest was going to happen and created some kind of emergency bill keeping the horrid people 300 feet from the cemetery. Despicable is what these people are!

  58. 58

    Re: Hillybill – you said/wrote it much better than me.
    thank you! it calms me a bit to read other christians' opinions which help me to not lose faith completely in our religion today.

  59. 59

    This people manage religion as they want. They respect what THEY WANT, not everything. What about respect. They forgot the basis: only God can judge! They spread hate, they ruin a teenager's life, and of course they think that are the good ones……it is awful, alarming, desgusting and more……

  60. 60

    Its 'churches' like this that made me lose both faith and respect for organized religion.

  61. 61

    I hate church groups who can think they can stick their noses and everybody's business and judge them and start bringing crap up about god and heaven and hell. I seriously think they should make a law banning church groups from protesting graduations, funerals how about everything.

  62. 62

    these people are so clearly homosexuals who are unwilling to embrace it…so they lash out at gay people because they are scared and closed minded….i guess i should feel bad for them…and i do…their lives are truly without purpose or meaning…

  63. 63

    "For God so loved the WORLD, that He gave his only begotten Son, that who so ever believes in Him shall not parish but, have everlasting life" John 3:16

    It saddens me to see this church behaving like this! The amount of hatred they have is unbelievable. They need to be bringing ALL people closer to God, instead they are pushing them away. Maybe they should re-read the Bible! God loves EVERYONE, thats why he died for ALL of us!! This church needs to get on there knees and repent!!

  64. 64

    Good, little pervert

  65. 65

    These are the same bunch of idiots that picket at soldier's funerals… I wouldn't call them a church!

  66. 66

    Re: Duh Truth Hurtz – people like you are the reason kids rebel, they have to because small minded people put them in boxes. this girl deserves the right to live the way she wants to live, her sexuality is not a life choice and for her to stand up and be proud is admirable. i left high school a year ago and only now are girls in my class willing to be as brave. feel free to spread your hate because Constance McMillen and kids like her are comfortable with who they are and dont care what you have to say.

  67. 67

    you can't pick and choose which quotes from the bible to take as truth

  68. 68

    Re: h8terboi – do you know what website you are on?

  69. 69

    These idiots are crazy. They said that God sent Katrina as a message to America. Because New Orleans was a cest pool of gay people and all kinds of yada yada crap. They also, last month threatened to picket Dutchtown High School for performing the play "The Laramie Project" because it was about the boy Matthew Shepherd. They didn't show up for that one though. They are just stupid.

  70. 70

    Dear Westboro Baptist Church folks.
    You are a sad bunch of fucks with no lives please drink some poison and die…
    Go meet your "god" why wait ?
    You will not be missed!

  71. 71

    I've been writing a paper on the Westboro Baptist Church, and they are an awful group of people. They came to Boston University, where I go to school, and our students held an anti-protest and drove them out of the city. They are avidly against gays and they say that our soldiers in Iraq are dying because God is punishing the US for all of our gay residents. They are really a crazy bunch and it's truly awful what they do. Hopefully, some how they're protests will be stopped

  72. 72

    Of course they are, they protest anything that will get them a little attention…which obviously it has. Damn inbreds.

  73. 73

    And people wonder why this is becomming a godless country.

  74. 74

    Seriously? GET EDUCATED LOSERS! Homosexuality is a lesser sin meaning a homosexual can repent their sin at anytime even on their deathbed and be welcome into heaven by God himself. JFC What a bunch of dumb ass hatemongers!

  75. 75

    Meh. These idiots only get power by people continuing to talk about them… let's be smart.. ignore them and eventually…. they will be irrelevant. STOP WRITING ABOUT THEM. (the church, not the girl)

  76. 76

    take note its also important not to sink to their level by using hate to express how you feel about this church group…any reasonable person would be upset with this story but honestly they are just really sad, delusional people…maybe they deserve to be yelled at and sent hate mail but dont be like them that's letting them win

  77. 77

    Ummm…..I am not sure which bible these fucktards are reading but the last time I checked, God absolutely loves EVERYONE!!! WTF????

  78. 78

    Re: niveacreme
    good one!

  79. 79

    wow, these people are horrible and clueless. This church is definatly not christian. These are the people who give Christians a bad image.

  80. 80

    that girl needs to move the fuck out of kansas.

  81. 81

    I am not gay, but do have gay friends. I live in "the Bible Belt" in East TN and I know so many people like this. It is a sad day in this world when people get shit on because of what? Choosing to love someone of the same sex. This is despicable. I can not believe that in this day and age there are still people who act like this. And a "religious" group none the less. Last time I checked, GOD says we were not supposed to pass judgement onto others. I am so sorry this young lady has gone through all of this. There are people that love you Constance! Hopefully one day, your fight will not be in vain and everyone can love who they choose to love. I am cheering for you girl!!

  82. 82

    You should be advised that Westboro Baptist Church and the Phelps clan are also posting videos on YouTube about such important items as the death of Michael Jackson. The sluttiness of Lady Gaga. And all the soldiers who gave their lives so they could spew their hatred. I hope someone pickets their church. I hope that the whole clan finally are reminded in some real way that their hatred and bigotry has no eternal reward. When I go to hell, they will be at the end of the block.

  83. 83

    go on the Westboro Baptist Church website and checkout their FAQ, these people are delusional!

  84. 84

    Every group has a group of extremists within — religions are not exempt. I am a Christian but have many gay friends who are proud to call themselves Christians also. The good Lord above made us all — in many varieties — and all of us need to strive to do better. I have enough to do to worry about my own soul.

    Are these the same Baptists that show up at the funerals of soldiers to protest — because the Lord is supposedly punishing the US for tolerating homosexuality? It is hard to follow that line of "reasoning."

  85. 85

    Dear Westboro Baptist Church folks.
    You are a sad bunch of fucks with no lives please drink some poison and die…
    Go meet your "god" why wait ?
    You will not be missed!

  86. 86

    I'm sorry but please don't call westboro a "church." They are a family/hate group- most with law degrees- so that they constantly toe the line of free speech protections. They also picket US soldiers' funerals and claim that our soldiers are dying because our country supports gay people. So. I repeat… this is NOT A CHURCH and I wish they would quit holding themselves out to be one. **True Christians don't hate anyone.**

  87. 87

    Let me just say go watch "A Letter From Hell" on you tube.. I will not judge…there is a higher power and he is GOD!!! I love him and Praying for her.

  88. 88

    Come on, any true Christain who has a relationship with Jesus knows this part of the bible has been manipulated and changed to fit the minds of people who have a problem with gays. Let the girl graduate in peace. On my graduation day I took 2 pills of XTC and an 80 mg tablet of OxyContin and no one gave me shit. Live and let live.

  89. 89

    Religion, yes all religions, are simply ridiculous, to say the least.
    They do nothing but give people false hope, ridiculous ideals and a holier than thou attitudes. Ugh.
    Leave the poor girl alone, all she's done is fight to have the same rights as any other teenager in her school.

  90. 90

    Re: miafrea – Just remember it's not what God, Jesus or Mary did or taught that has changed. It is how people preach it and view it that has.

  91. 91

    This is the same jerk who just had a lawsuit overturned making the family of a slain solider pay all the court costs, which amounted to over 15,000.

    They are a bunch of racist, self centered jerks. Fred Phelps is a hated man in Kansas, and definately in Topeka where his "cult following" is located.

  92. 92

    Re: co&co19 – word

  93. 93

    Re: SkullCandy – mmhhmmmm

  94. 94

    Re: HungUpBoyToy – exactly

  95. 95

    Re: Hillybill – It's called the silent majority and the loud minority. 95% of Christains feel the way you and I do, it's just that pathetic 5% that need a catscan. My younger brother and I are Catholics in New York and he is gay, yet me never miss a Sunday Mass and I'd say 99% of the people we attend church with are completely cool with him and his life style. You have to understand that when you truely are a christains it's not all about reading the bible and doing and believing 100% of what it says. You have to have an open mind and be able to interpret what God and Jesus were saying metaphorically. This can be tough for some insecure people.

  96. 96

    i'm from mississippi and i have 2 gay friends and i attend church; i'm so disappointed that this so called "church" believes that god didn't loved everyone because he did! he walked with sinners people!!

    If you don't know much about this church i suggest you read about them on wikipedia. They are very horrific.

  97. 97

    WOW IGNORANT!!!!!!

  98. 98

    As a student at the University of Kansas (about 30 min from where this church is based) I have experienced their protests many times, and I most likely will again at my graduation this year. But I hope that no one takes the fact that Fred Phelps is from Kansas and applies his ideals to my entire state. Of course Kansas is part of the bible belt, but I don't know a single person here who supports that church. It is a very small church, essentially made up of Fred Phelps' family members.
    Obviously what they do is awful, but nearly every time they come to campus, there is a counter protest. For example, standing next to them and raising money for planned parenthood, an organization that they hate. So if people in this girl's community do something similar for an organization that they believe in, at least some good may come of the situation.

  99. 99

    I'm sorry people are just ridiculous. God does (If there actually is a god) loves everyone. I thought it was all about accepting ones neighbors and care for everyone… some crap like that. And if there is a god…. he wouldn't give two shits about who you really are, whether its your skin colour, what you do in privacy, or even your sexual orientation, he probably does care about everyone… for crying out loud did he create us?! If he didn't like us the way we are… he wouldn't have made us like that. Just saying.

  100. 100

    Are you kidding me…what bible are they reading out of. GOD LOVES ALL OF HIS CHILDREN AND THAT'S WHAT WE ALL ARE…CHILDREN OF GOD!!!!

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