Vancouver B.C. Pastafarians: counter-protest on November 28th

Published November 26th, 2008 by Bobby Henderson

[Previous counter-protest to Westboro event. Photo cred – Brian Chilson]

This Friday, November 28th, 7pm-8pm, at the Havana Theatre in Vancouver, B.C., there will be a Pastafarian counter-protest to the Westboro Baptist Church protest at the same location.

For those who do not know, Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group out of Kansas, best known for picketing funerals of soldiers killed in the Iraq War. From wikipedia:

The church runs numerous websites such as GodHatesFags.com, GodHatesAmerica.com and others expressing condemnation of homosexuality, Roman Catholics, Muslims and Jews, as well as populations it believes are supporting the aforementioned groups, including Chinese, Swedes, Canadians, Irish, British, Mexicans and Americans.

A few weeks ago, the Central Arkansas Pastafarians staged a counter-protest to another Westboro Baptist Church event, causing it to be cancelled. The picture, above, is from this counter-protest. Read more about it here.

Please come if you can, and help put these assholes in their place. Please be civil, we are simply countering their protest with one of our own – don’t get arrested or cause bad press for Pastafarians.

Please spread the word. Dress in pirate regalia if you can. Take pictures.

What: Pastafarian Counter-Protest to Westboro Baptist Church hate event.

When: This Friday, November 28th, 7pm – 8pm

Where: The Havana Theatre in Vancouver, B.C.
1212 Commercial Drive Vancouver, British Columbia

Contact: Pastafarian Ben – he is the man behind this operation. You can reach him at: [email protected]


What exactly is the Westboro Baptist Church protesting? On Friday, the Havana Theatre in Vancouver is staging a play called The Laramie Project. The Laramie Project is about the reaction to the murder of a gay student named Matthew Shepard in 1998. Matthew Shepard was beaten to death by a hate group because he was gay. He was tortured, tied to a fence and left to die. The Westboro Baptist Church contends the actions were justified and is protesting the play.

In their press release for this event, WBC says “Matt Shepard has been in Hell now for ten years, with eternity left to go on his sentence – without appeal, parole, or time off for good behavior. All else about Matt is trivial and irrelevant. You may join him soon. Deal with it.”

So, who’s coming to ruin Westboro Baptist Church’s day?

Important message from the comments:

If anyone does go, be very careful – Phelps LOVES to antagonize people into physically attacking him and/or his followers, and then sues the hell out of them.

83 Responses to “Vancouver B.C. Pastafarians: counter-protest on November 28th”

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  1. capekicks says:

    Who went to the Protest. I don’t see any reports here what happened? any news?
    Any links?

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  7. nun sequitur says:

    every time i c peoples pictures posted here @ these demonstrations, it makes me smile (nearly- that its not all the way hasnt to do with site/ movement)…

  8. neighbourhood says:

    i’m sending a message to everyone in the church. we do have a noise problem for our area. we are living at renfrew height, the noisy owner had a baking plate at the back of the house. we do not know what is the purpose of this plate. seems the plate cannot do anything to protect our area. you guys can take a look at morning and afternooon and night too
    the plate owner is living at 3249 e23rd ave vancouver bc v5r1b6 canada
    please send a note to the plate owner if you can do something about it
    we do not wish to hear anything from the plate, the plate is attached next to a post. when winds blow, the plate usually hit the post and create noises that we cannot rest/sleep/study/meditation or other stuff.

    thank church people we love you
    God loves all of us Thank you

    • The Sauceror says:

      First there were talking snakes. Then there were talking donkeys. Now there are talking plates. What will they come up with next?

    • Keith says:

      No problems, neighbourhood. I’ll just nip over on my flying saucer and collect the plate and any other teacups and cutlery that may be banging away in your area.

      • Rasputin says:

        Dear neighbourhood, smother the plate with pasta. You’ll never have noise problems again.

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