Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wondering About Westboro Baptist Church
The folks at Westboro Baptist Church showed up at a mosque near my house this morning to protest Islam as a religion, before going on to another event on the campus of Wayne State University where they were scheduled to protest Judaism. For those not familiar with Westboro Baptist Church, this is the group that is famous for protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers.
To say that these folks live for controversy is an understatement. They adore controversy even more than I adore scantily dressed beautiful women who bring me sandwiches.
Anyway, the Westboro Baptist folks were in my neighborhood this morning. I shot a short video of them with my BlackBerry. I posted it on YouTube and on my neighborhood blog.
In the past 12 hours, that video has been watched 134 times between the two sources. To put that in perspective, no other video that I've ever done has ever gotten more than 50 views in any 24 hour period.
This one has gotten almost three times that much traffic in half the time. I guess, I shouldn't be too surprised. It's a national story anytime the Westboro Baptist Church shows up. Their flair for creating controversy does drive traffic.
For anyone who might be interested, my video report from the field is embedded below.