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Westboro Baptist Church Start Protest Rally at Radiohead Show

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Radiohead were the latest targets of the Westboro Baptist Church’s protest squad during their show in Kansas City, MO. Members of the controversial group picketed outside the Sprint Center where the U.K. rockers were scheduled to play last night (March 11).

Radiohead are in the early stages of their extensive North American tour, selling out venues night after night. This apparently did not sit well with the Westboro Baptist Church, who are known for their extreme stance against homosexuality and picketing activities at funerals. Radiohead’s unofficial “sixth” member, producer Nigel Godrich, posted a photo of the protest on his Twitter page.



As to why the Westboro Baptist Church felt compelled to publicly display their disdain for Radiohead, the hate group gave their reasons on their official website.

You have stolen the Word of God from your people and children, and as a sorry substitute, you prop up lightness and lies.  You try to get the people to look at the nonsense and not at the wrath of God that abides upon them.  “Look at the circus monkey over there and the fluffy setting, blah, blah…” Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkey’s with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.

Those are some heavy words. This isn’t the first time Westboro has clashed with rock figures. A protest was held at a Foo Fighters show in Kansas last September. As always, the Foos found humor in the situation and responded with an impromptu performance in front of the protesters. Wearing redneck beards, wigs and trucker hats, Dave Grohl and company took to the back of a pick-up truck to sing the specially penned “Keep It Clean”, their tribute to same-sex loving. Watch a video from that day below.

Radiohead will be on the road through June, which include headlining gigs at Coachella and Bonnaroo. The band will finally return to Michigan after a 15-year absence when they come to the Palace of Auburn Hills on June 11.

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