Bozeman High School and Montana State University were the scene on Monday, September 9th, of what is becoming a regular sight. The hate-mongering poster children for intolerance known as the Westboro Baptist Church has once again sparked an anti-hate rally in favor of acceptance and appreciation. Montana State University and Bozeman High School were singled out by the church for teaching their students that being part of the LGBT community is not only not wrong, but accepted, and that students should not fear to be who they are. In response to this, a handful of members of the WBC reportedly attempted to hold a rally in a park in town. The response to their meager message of hate was for hundreds of counter demonstrators to show up.
Jamie Greer, one of the organizers for the counter demonstration which consisted of multiple separate demonstrations is quoted in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle as saying, ‘We wanted to have a peaceful and productive response. It was important that everything that happened today reflects our values of dignity, fairness and security.’ This is precisely the opposite effect of what the group presumably is trying to do, and is a great example of the good still present in this world. Despite all of the vitriol in the name of God and all of the people trying to put others down, there are still whole communities of people out there who are more interested in sowing love and not hate.
Although the church has been around for a while, it wasn’t until the last ten years that they really made a name for themselves. At first it seemed like all of the stories regarding them were all about their message of hate. However, in the years since it appears that the shoe is on the other foot. Rather than focusing on the Westboro Baptist Church’s vitriol, most reports about them more recently have more to do with people’s reactions to them than their own message. This can be seen here, here, and here. A search today for the Westboro Baptist Church under Bing’s news tab only brings up this particular story and articles about country singer Vince Gill confronting the WBC at his recent concert in Kansas City. In fact, according to local sources, the city of Topeka, Kansas, the city that the WBC calls home, is considering an ordinance that would protect LGBT citizens. It just goes to show that even such a negative group can bring about good things when they cause the rest of us to unite against them.