The odious Westboro Baptist Church will hold a protest outside East Lansing High on Thursday, November 18. Their news release explains that they are protesting against the “spoiled brats” who attend the “fag-infested” and “pervert-run” school.
(Click here for the church’s schedule of events.)
The “church” is well known for holding anti-LGBT rallies near military funerals. A court case brought by Albert Snyder against the church for protesting at his son’s funeral will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court this session. Adding to consternation about the case was the appeals court ruling against Snyder that ordered him to pay $16,000 of the church’s legal fees.
The sect consists primarily of Preacher Fred Phelps and his large family. This new round of protests aimed at the Islamic Center in Dearborn, Hillel at Wayne State and East Lansing High suggests the Phelps’ family is expanding its sights beyond military funerals.
Tom Rico of the Peace Education Center , Reverend Kathryn Bert of the Unitarian Universalist Church and Angela Waters Austin of One Love Global have been instrumental in organizing community meetings to devise strategies that keep ELHS students safe, while educating them about the issues of free speech versus hate speech. The community strategy session will be held:
- Tuesday, November 16 – All Saints Church, 7 p.m.
Check back often for updates. A suggestion from Nathan Triplett is that the community should organize a counter-protest at a different location, to deny the Phelps family the attention they seek.