By Beth Spotswood, SFGate.com
Angels really do exist — at least in Orlando. When the reviled hate group Westboro Baptist Church announced that it would be picketing the funerals of the victims of the Orlando gay bar shooting tragedy, a group of actors decided to fight back in a decidedly heavenly way.
Per American Theatre, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Angel Action Wings Project have teamed up to clothe local actors in massive white linen angel wings in the hopes of blocking the 40-member “church” group and their hate-filled signs, the most startlingly recognizable of which is “God Hates Fags.” Thanks to donations, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is building each of the angel ensembles in their costume shop.
“Volunteers will be wearing these large, white angel wings to show their support, proclaim love, and block the view of mourners from potential protesters,” said artistic director Jim Helsinger.
The Westboro Baptist Church proudly pickets at least five spots every day, mostly in the Topeka, Kansas, area. For high-profile memorials, however, by its own insane account, the hate-group has traveled to all 50 states, picketing the funeral of the 9-year-old girl killed in the Arizona shooting most known for injuring Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, as well as the service for Steve Jobs. It is also known for organizing a protest against the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
The WBC posts its daily protest schedule on its website. Today’s begins, “No coincidence that God is smacking Orlando with grievous sorrow, killing your children with shooters and alligators, when you are about to belly up to ‘father’s day’!”
The hate group actually has a counter on its website with an ever-increasing number of “people God has cast into hell since you uploaded this page.” (We’re at 264.)
We’re confident this is not WWJD. Um, yea, Jesus would definitely not do this.