This could be one of my favorite things ever. Certainly, a Top 3 blogging moment that, personally speaking, might end up ranking above Jonathan Waud’s promise to hold my hand in Central Park.
Okay, we all know of the Westboro Baptist Church’s remarkable ability to hold multiple signs during their many protests. A single WBC members can hold simultaneously hold signs that say “Bitch Burger” and “God Hates Fags” and “God Hates Gaga.” It’s a remarkable feat that one cannot take for granted. In fact, Megan Phelps-Roper said in a recent interview that all the sign holding is so difficult, so taxing that each of the WBC members follows a workout routine tailored specifically to building sign holding strength and endurance. Megan says of the workout routines:
[They are] for the purpose of physically preparing ourselves to do this job, so that we have the strength to do it right, and so we’re not carrying around a bunch of unnecessary baggage (literally) that makes us less effective. Everyone does whatever they prefer. I happen to prefer yoga, biking, weighted jump roping, lifting weights and volleyball (<3!). Others prefer elliptical machines (which I happen to despise). Plus, remember that my madre first perfected the art of holding four signs, which many of us do now and it is no mean physical feat: it requires practice and lots of strength in your arms, shoulders and fingers, and is an excellent workout.
The strength, skill, and perseverance required to be an effective Westboro Baptist Church sign holder have not gone unnoticed. In fact, the District Weekly has created an illustrated guide to breaking down the secret techniques of the WBC sign holder, a guide complete with individual illustrations and informative captions. Now, you, too, can learn how to let go of the excess baggage and get your message across in the most effective way possible!
On to the gallery . . . .