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Students at Santa Monica High School and members of the community approached the Westboro Baptist Church picket with a peaceful and positive response Monday morning before classes began.
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Students at Santa Monica High School and members of the community approached the Westboro Baptist Church picket with a peaceful and positive response Monday morning before classes began.

News, Samohi, Santa Monica

Santa Monica High School Community Steals Spotlight From Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church members on the south side of Pico Boulevard. Santa Monica High School students and their supporters lined the north side of Pico.
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Westboro Baptist Church members on the south side of Pico Boulevard. Santa Monica High School students and their supporters lined the north side of Pico.

Posted Feb. 25, 2013, 9:43 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

A group of just six members from anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church were met by several hundred members of the Santa Monica High School community this morning who stole the spotlight from the controversial group.

Samohi students and their supporters came out in numbers after the Kansas-based group announced earlier this month they would picket outside Samohi to “tell students the Gospel truth which their parents, teachers and preachers try desperately to hide from them.”

Santa Monica Police Department Sgt. Richard Lewis said 25 officers were assigned to patrol the high school this morning at 7 am, but there were no incidents during the peaceful protest.

The small group of Westboro members, mostly women, posted photos on Twitter, showing off their signs that read “God H8s The Media,” “You Eat Your Kids,” “God Hates Fag Enablers,” and “Same-Sex Marriage Dooms Nations.”

Meanwhile, the students and their supporters waved rainbow flags and held their own signs that supported gay marriage. One poster read "God hates people who say they know who god hates."

Here is amateur footage posted of the Samohi community rallying against Westboro Baptist Church: https://path.com/p/2dvOaK.

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Feb. 25, 2013, 10:16:26 am

Stef U said...

Bravo to the hundreds of SAMOHI Community PEACE counter-protesters! Support the Gay Straight Alliance by making a donation in the name of the WBC. Follow the link http://www.crowdrise.com/fundraise_and_volunteer/donations/samohigsa/gaystraightalliancen and thank editor-in-chief Brenton Garen for covering this!

Feb. 25, 2013, 1:06:51 pm

Ruth Punt said...

Kudos to all of the Santa Monica students and residents who participated in this peaceful rally. There is no room for hate in our lives!

Feb. 26, 2013, 1:15:12 pm

David said...

F U C K Religion. Why can't we just be decent human beings with good intentions and live our lives?

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