Standing up to Hate

I was there

More than 1,000 gather to rally against Westboro

Ralliers counter hate; Students, community deliver own message to fringe church

"a crowd of more than 1,000 people assembled at the Fort Lewis College Ray Dennis Memorial Field on Tuesday to protest the scheduled appearance of members of the Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Fred Phelps Sr."

No one from the church ever showed up

Westboro Baptist Church
About WBC

The Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a small virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group that regularly stages protests around the country, often several times a week. The group pickets institutions and individuals they think support homosexuality or otherwise subvert what they believe is God’s law.

Incorporated in 1967 as a not-for-profit organization, WBC considers itself an “Old School (or Primitive)” Baptist Church. WBC’s leader is Fred Phelps and several of his children and dozens of his grandchildren appear to constitute the majority of the group’s members. WBC has no official affiliation with mainstream Baptist organizations.

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