Westboro Baptist Church skips "Laramie Project" protest in Hastings
|Not in Hastings.|
Maybe the haters seen cruising town in their van with Kansas plates took a look at the hundreds of counter-protesters and figured there were better things to do on a warm winter's day in Minnesota.
"The Laramie Project" is a dramatization about the life and 1998 beating death of gay man Matthew Shepard in rural Wyoming, produced as a way to promote a better understanding of LGBT folk. It was chosen as the school's winter play.
Westboro is a tiny church composed of preacher Fred Phelps, his family, and friends. What it lacks in numbers it makes up for in anti-gay sermons, pickets, and speeches. The church protested Shepherd's funeral, and has become obsessed with the play. When it found out Hastings High School was staging a production, it issued a press release about a planned protest on Saturday.
God Hates Fags! God Hates Fag-Enablers! Ergo, God hates fag-infested & fag- enabling doomed america and all having to do with spreading sodomite lies via The Laramie Project - a tacky piece of cheap, lying, fag propaganda masquerading as legitimate theater.
Those are big words, but the protesters never showed up in Hastings. As a result, hundreds of counter-protesters found themselves standing outside the high school, waving signs at passing motorists--but not at members of Westboro Baptist Church.
Inside the school, the show went on as scheduled.