Monday, February 09, 2009

Fred Phelps Group Hated at Home


What surprises me most is that this story comes from Phelp's back yard; Kansas:

When Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church picket a soldier’s funeral, a cadre of Patriot Guard riders typically shows up to protest the picketers.

But when the Westboro group showed up this afternoon at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, hundreds of students and adults gathered on three corners to show their disdain for the church’s anti-gay message.

The Phelps group was confined to the fourth corner at 75th Street and Mission Road.

Westboro church members believe that God is punishing America for tolerating homosexuality. They have drawn harsh criticism across the nation for picketing at funerals of servicemen and servicewomen.

Their message didn’t sit well with many students at the high school where, according to student Jake Davidson, there is a Gay and Straight Alliance at the school and students elected a homecoming king in 2007 who was openly gay.

“Everyone is equal whether you’re gay or straight,” said Davidson, a 16-year-old junior from Leawood and an organizer of the student protest


Read the rest from the source, special thanks to Kim over at Christians For Equality for the heads up on this story.

2 comments:

Kim Schultz said...

Thanks for posting this on your site as well. I hope you have been keeping up with my personal blog "Christians For Equality" and also my website "OutInWisconsin.org". I haven't seen much of you around lately. Nice to see you posting to your site again.

John Hosty-Grinnell said...

I'm spread kinda thin lately, but I'll make my rounds for sure. See you then...