God followed through with his promise to incessantly harass the Westboro Baptist Church this week with the unveiling of a brand new “God Loves Gays” billboard in the hate group’s hometown of Topeka, Kansas.
We reported in August that the user behind Twitter’s humorous “God” account had been raising funds on Indiegogo with the intention of taunting the WBC with a year-long billboard campaign that stood in direct opposition to their infamous “God Hates Fags” slur.
Well, the Indiegogo page had raised over $86,000 at time of posting, and Mashable reports that the first billboard was erected and unveiled on Monday morning. Though the billboard has only been reserved through March 2015, it’s just as colorful, eye-catching, and downright gay as anyone would’ve expected.
— Planting Peace (@Planting_Peace) September 8, 2014
Ever the social media savants, WBC blasted the billboard on Twitter with a Photoshopped image featuring their own rebuttal billboard.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) September 10, 2014
In an email to Mashable, Shirley Phelps-Roper praised the “lying billboard”:
“Thank God for that lying billboard! Every soul that sees it will either rejoice for the lie and the vain hope of afflicting the servants of God at WBC. Or, they will sigh and mourn for that awful sin and all the parts of it, knowing that every single soul that weighed in with money or words, in favor of that lying billboard, will stand before God in the Judgment, so very ashamed. Knowing also, that when they stand before God in the judgment, it will be TOO LATE for repentance, and eternal torment will follow.”
According to God, the national advertising company that sold him the billboard space was hesitant at first:
“They seemed a tad nervous. Thus far they have only let Me purchase the billboard through March of 2015. I wanted to purchase the full year. I also wanted to investigate other bigger billboards around town. But before they’ll do that the billboard company wants to see if the community accepts it and likes it first.”
But a spokesperson from Lamar Advertising says that’s not the case:
“We support the First Amendment right of advertisers and believe that it is in the best interest of our company and the communities we serve to accept advertising copy openly. We do not accept or reject copy based upon agreement or disagreement with the views presented. We are firmly committed to our copy acceptance policy.”
No overwhelming opposition to the billboard has been reported since its unveiling Monday. Now with nearly $40,000 in excess funds from an overachieving Indiegogo campaign, God has promised to erect similar billboards in other anti-gay cities across America.