Signs of tolerance dwarf feeble protest attempts of Westboro Baptist Church
2010-02-20 · By Barbara Holbrook
Proving that anyone can put out a press release, earlier this month the Westboro Baptist Church announced their intentions to protest the “pervert-run” Long Beach high school, Wilson Classical High School. What the Kansas-based church didn’t anticipate is how Long Beach would respond.
Residents were outraged to learn that WBC’s vile messages of intolerance would be brought to a school. It wasn’t long before the community was also planning to show up in protest.
Councilmembers Gerrie Schipske and Robert Garcia responded saying, “We stand in strong support of the peaceful demonstrations against the Westboro Baptist Church. The anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti-American views of this organization are in stark contrast to the diversity and strength of our City. We will be joining our fellow citizens is a peaceful counter-protest at Wilson High School on Friday.”
When the day arrived, Westboro sent 7 representatives with signs. Long Beach showed up with 4,500. The peaceful rally was watched over by the Long Beach Police Department and attended by several councilmembers, including Garcia (see video).
Claims that LBPD officers “yucked it up” while watching the greatly outnumbered WBC try to spread their anti-gay message, Westboro says they will add a protest at the Long Beach Police Department today. The also plans several other Long Beach demonstrations for this weekend.
* Editor’s Note: While still news, it would be inappropriate to pretend this article is not influenced by my own opinions. So, rather than try to present objectivity, this article is hereby labeled “Commentary.” Be sure to watch the video after the jump.