Prior to this story, we could have easily accused the Westboro Baptist Church of having all the maturity of a nine-year-old schoolyard bully.

Except, as we now see, that’s an insult to nine-year-olds. Witness this photo of nine-year-old Josef Miles, of Topeka, KS, staging a one-man anti-Westboro counter-protest, courtesy of Gawker:

9 Year Old Josef Miles Succeeds in Making Westboro Baptist Church Look Stupid With Handwritten Counter Protest Sign

Well played, kid

The Augusta Chronicle brings us backstory on the incident:

The way Patty Akrouche tells the story, her Mother’s Day gift arrived a day early Saturday when her young son mounted a quiet counter-protest to the pickets of the Westboro Baptist Church.[...]

After reading WBC signs proclaiming God’s hatred for homosexuals and other assorted groups, Josef asked Akrouche if he could create his own sign proclaiming his different view of God’s outlook.

His sign, written in pencil on a small sketchpad, read simply, “God Hates No One.”

And from his mother’s facebook comment about the incident:

I have never been prouder. Those people are scary but he stood strong, was respectful and stood by his convictions. He will be a good man, I have no doubt. I got my Mothers Day present early.

So hats off to Josef for putting these freaks in their place. Just one more piece of evidence that they will have precisely zero effect on anything.

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