If you aren’t familiar with Westboro Baptist Church, they are a hate group known for targeting their hatred towards gays and lesbians. They are led by Fred Phelps, from Topeka, Kansas and according to the site’s picket schedule; they plan to picket several spots in Tampa in the next few weeks.

On Westboro Baptist Church’s radar is the Bon Jovi concert that will take place on April 17, 2010 at the St. Pete Times Forum. The hate group announced that they will picket from 6:45-7:30 p.m.

On April 18, 2010, Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Without Walls International Church, on 2511 N. Grady Avenue between 8:15 and 9:00 a.m. That will be early Sunday morning and according to the group; they are picketing because Pastor Paula White, who leads the church, is a female.

Later that day, Westboro Baptist Church will head to Gainesville, Florida to picket the Trinity United Methodist Church, the University of Florida Hillel congregation, the Queen of Peace Catholic Church, and the Saint Augustine Catholic Church. After their day of spreading hate to the various congregations, they will head back to Tampa.

On April 19, 2010 from 6:55 am-7:25 am the Westboro Baptist Church will return to Tampa, Florida and will picket at the H.B. Plant High School. From 7:40 a.m. to 8:10 a.m., the hate group will target Tampa Catholic High School on Rome Ave. The group will move on to the University of South Florida Hillel and picket between 9:15-9:45 am, before ending their Tampa tour at the University of South Florida Catholic Student Center on 50th Street. The group plans to protest at 9:15-9:45.

According to the ‘’ website, Westboro Baptist Church will finish up their Tampa protests and set out for protests on April 22, 2010 in Boulder, Colorado.

Counter protest idea:

From SeaCoastOnline:

Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes: Life and Language in the Amazonian Jungle
Daniel L. Everett
PantheonThe Pirahã are the “Show me!” tribe of the Brazilian Amazon. They don’t bother with fiction or tall tales or even oral history. They have little art. They don’t have a creation myth and don’t want one. If they can’t see it, hear it, touch it or taste it, they don’t believe in it.

Missionaries have been preaching to the Pirahãs for 200 years and have converted not one. Everett did not know this when he first visited them in 1977 at age 26. A missionary and a linguist, he was sent to learn their language, translate the Bible for them, and ultimately bring them to Christ.

Instead, they brought him to atheism. “The Pirahãs have shown me that there is dignity and deep satisfaction in facing life and death without the comfort of heaven or the fear of hell and in sailing toward the great abyss with a smile.”

In theaters this Friday:

This may turn out to be an interesting show:

From the History Channel website:

They are one of evolution’s most useful and prevalent inventions. Ninety five percent of living species are equipped with eyes and they exist in many different forms. Learn how the ancestors of jellyfish may have been the first to evolve light-sensitive cells. Discover how dinosaur’s evolved eyes that helped them become successful hunters. Finally, learn how primates evolved unique adaptations to their eyes that allowed them to better exploit their new habitat, and how the ability to see colors helped them find food.

Schedule (Check local listings):
Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 PM
Wednesday, July 30 at 02:00 AM

MC recommends the book What Happens When People Think by Gene Korienek, Ph.D. and Tom Wrensch, Ph.D.

From the book website:

We wrote this book as a collection of short stories about a group of people who hang out in a coffee shop. The stories take place in the Pacific Northwest because that is where we live. Besides getting up too early and drinking too much coffee, this group talks about the issues that confront all of us every day of our lives.

It is our desire—our mission—to make some of the most effective thinking tools and techniques available to everyone interested in thinking more effectively and more successfully in our fast paced and often overly complex culture.

We did not invent or ‘make up’ the techniques we talk about in this book. They are not new. Most of them have been around for decades, some for centuries. They come from many sources, most notably the fields of psychology, computer science, engineering, philosophy, and mathematics. Many of these techniques are taught only in advanced undergraduate or graduate level university courses. Some are not taught anywhere. The people who use them have acquired them from other people through conversation and by observing them being used by other practitioners in their field. We take these tools and techniques, strip them of unnecessarily technical jargon, and translate them for your day-to-day use.

The other part of our lives—the other force that drove this book—is coffee. We, and others like us, can be found in coffee shops all around the country drinking cappuccinos and talking with people about issues that are important to us all.

Fortunately, the two go together rather well. Coffee shops are a great place to think. Maybe it’s the caffeine, maybe it’s snatches of overheard conversation, or maybe it’s just a habituated response to the environment. Whatever the reason, some of our best ideas were born in a mix of steamed milk and hot espresso.

Read more and find out how to purchase the book here.

And be sure to check out MC’s own recently released book, Sideways in Sarasota.