A protest arranged by Westboro Baptist Church was overshadowed when demonstrators dressed as zombies gathered at DuPont, Washington military base to counter the radical group’s efforts.
After the protest was announced by the controversial Kansas-based church at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a military base south of Seattle, 27-year-old Melissa Neace leapt into action and decided to organize a counter protest that she launched with the help of a Facebook titled "Zombie'ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!"
According to the organizer Melissa, “We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at," she said. The counter protest organized by zombie gang took lead when over 300 counter-protestors showed up in varying degrees of zombie grab completely outnumbering the picketers from Westboro.
Many of the protestors agreed on the fact that the message being propagated by Westboro is very hateful. The Westboro Baptist Chruch believes that deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are God’s punishment for the United States tolerance of homosexuality.
They decided to quadruple their protests after it was announced by the Supreme Court that such demonstrations are protected under First Amendment.
However, the protest by Westboro turned into an utter failure in front of the increasingly popular zombie counter protestors.
Even before, thousands of people dressed in red shirts formed a human wall to block any anti-gay protests.