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Monday
Jul302012

Westboro Church Protesters Confronted By…Zombies?

Stockphoto/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket at a Seattle-area military base last week, but were confronted with an unusual counter-protest: dozens of people dressed as zombies.

Eight members of the church, known for frequently picketing military funerals and other events as a protest against the progression of gay rights, found themselves confronted with the counter-protest while picketing outside of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Friday. The playful counter-protest was launched by Spanaway, Wash., resident Melissa Neace, who spread the word of her idea on Facebook.

“We wanted to turn something negative around, into something people could laugh at and poke fun at,” Neace told The News Tribune. “It was the easiest way to divert attention from something so hateful.”

The Facebook group that Neace launched was called “Zombie’ing Westboro Baptist Church AWAY from Fort Lewis!” Soon after its launch the group gained hundreds of members, with many coming out on Friday to let their opposition to Westboro’s position be known.

Though it’s unclear exactly what was officially being protested by the Westboro picketers, a quote announcing their plan appeared on the group’s website, godhatesfags.com.

“When you goofy, unthankful, flag-worshipping fools decided that you would declare war against the Lord and against His anointed, you put yourselves in the cross-hairs of a raging mad God. We will come to tell you a few things, to wit,” it read.

Picketers dressed as zombies on Friday said that their affiliations with their military and what they called the church’s “hateful” message prompted them to come out to the counter-protest.

Westboro’s next picketing is tomorrow at the funeral of Army Sgt. Erik N. May in Valley Center Christian Church in Valley Center, Kan., according to their website.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
May192011

CDC Prepares for Zombie Apocalypse...Kind Of

Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a government agency -- hasn't outright predicted a zombie apocalypse, but rest assured, if one should occur, the CDC says it's prepared.

In a post that caught the attention of geeks and politicos alike, the CDC this week posted a guide, called "Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse," to ensure public safety in the event of a zombie uprising.

"The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen," the CDC says in a blog post. "In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.  The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder 'How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?'"

As you may have guessed, the post isn't all that serious (Editor’s note: We are not denying the possibility of a zombie apocalypse); it's merely intended to prepare the public for more practical emergencies, like hurricanes or wide-spread illness.

The page was developed to remind people to assemble emergency supply kits with items like water, food, and both prescription and non-prescription medication. This, they say, will "get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp," or, perhaps more realistically "in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored."

The agency also suggests that families map out an emergency plan. "This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step." But of course, "You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency."

[READ THE FULL POST ON THE CDC WEBSITE]

And don't worry. If zombies do take over, the CDC says it "would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak."

No word on what they've got planned for Judgment Day.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio