Defend Joe’s Honor: Don’t Fight WBC
Instead, try going to one of the counter protests across campus. In this Facebook event, students have called for a White Out to Defend Joe’s Honor. This is a relatively peaceful protest meant to block the WBC from the family out of respect. This protest calls for Nittany Lions everywhere to bring white anything to help shield the family from the protesters. Bedsheets, posterboards, signs, etc. are all welcomed to create a barrier of white for JoePa.
There’s also this event, “Help the Westboro Baptist Church Support the Gay Community.” Organizers of this group has asked that for every hour that the WBC are in Happy Valley, $1 be donated to the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GHMC) in their name, and by doing this, you would be helping the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, as well as advocacy. So for example, if the WBC were here for five hours, and at least 20 people donated $1/hour in the WBC’s name, then that’s $100 right there for a really good cause.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you don’t feed the trolls. It’s better to just leave them alone, and use your time that could have been spent arguing your views with them to “defend Joe’s honor.” He deserves it.