Fred Phelps, the founder of the vehemently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, passed away in March 2014. His church was famous for protesting funerals with signs reading "God hates fags" and other horribly offensive and bigoted statements.
You may remember their signs. They look like this:
Not so nice, not so great. Downright crappy and offensive.
So when some people decided to counter-protest the church's first protest since Phelps' death, it turned out rather ... well, wonderful. Instead of sinking to his level by picketing them with hate, these folks came out and gave the world a massive example of how to fight bigotry with compassion instead of with more hate.
Have a look at their signs below. Kindness ftw.
What a wonderful way to counter-protest a hateful protest: with messages of condolence, hope, and awesomeness. I hope more people take note of this.
Here's a video report on the protests, too. I love what the guy says at 0:46.