Gawker memo: Just smile at the picketers from Westboro Baptist Church

“God hates Gawker,” according to a Westboro Baptist Church press release announcing plans to picket Gawker headquarters from 3:15 to 3:45 this afternoon. They “roll out scores of blogs daily, full of mocking, irreverent, vulgar, base, worthless bilge … and lack the sense to think about eternity, and have an awful end coming.”

Here’s the editorial director’s how-to-behave memo to Gawker staff:

From: Joel Johnson
Date: Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 8:58 AM
Subject: WBC
To: [Gawker staff]

bagsThe Westboro Baptist Church may protest in front of 210 [Elizabeth St.] today for a few hours. Whether they speak from a place of genuine concern about society or just really love to trawl for lawsuit opportunities, we will comport ourselves with the may-careness and loving kindness that both the devil and Christ would ask of us. No yelling, definitely no touching, and lots of smiles and compassion for people who must truly be scared and miserable.

Also, if they arrive by today, Jane-Claire grabbed a few commemorative totes [at right] that will be awarded for good behavior.

* Westboro Baptist Church has some hurtful words for Gawker (
* Huffington Post is ready for Westboro Baptist Church, too (@noahmichelson)