WBC Pickets High School., UCLA
Posted by Robert Meyers on Nov 9, 2012 - 6:14:26 PM
Westboro Baptist Church—known for its extreme ideologies, especially those
against homosexuality— picketed two educational institutions in the greater Los
Angeles Area on Friday, November 9. WBC sent two of its members to picket
Loyola High School -- a Jesuit preparatory school for young men before moving
on to picket at the University of California Los Angeles.
Timothy Phelps Picketing outside of Loyola High School. Photo by Robert L. Meyers
to picket the high school in “Order to remind you that priests rape boys,”
according to the organization's website, “You teach them G-d is a liar every
time you put money in the collection plate.”
website also had this to say regarding the picket at UCLA, “The only things
these brutes are learning in college is how to get drunk or high - or both, and
how to fornicate their brains out.”
picket of Loyola High School was met with a small counter-protest unaffiliated
with the school itself. “As Christians we just came out here to tell
people that the bible does not say that G-d hates anyone, it says he loves
everyone and gives salvation,” said Briana Calvin, one of the counter
protesters, “and we came out to show them [WBC] what we believe.”
Phelps—son of the Church’s Patriarch, Fred Phelps and one of the two church
members picketing the schools—stated, “[WBC] is protesting because the children
of this generation are being lied to about the standards of God, by these
LGBT members and student body at UCLA, Counter WBC Protest, Photo by Robert L. Meyers
University of California Los Angeles, the picketing by the Westboro Baptist
Church would have gone widely unnoticed by the student body, except for a last
minute rally organized by the Campus LGBT community. “It was not so much a
protest as taking a moment to stand together in solidarity,” said UCLA student,
Sirus Sinai. “We want people around us to know that we are not going to just
let them [WBC] come onto our campus and say these things," she added.
WBC members were here protesting,” says third-year UCLA student, Guillermo
Cisneros. “It was really inspiring to see everybody come together.
We really want to keep our campus tolerant and excepting of everybody, not just
the LGBT community. I think there protest of the institution itself was just an
excuse to come onto the campus," he added.
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