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*Love against Hate

Just two examples of “Not in Our Town”–communities mobilizing against hate.

When the Kansas hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps’ family) announced they would picket Bay Area schools and Jewish institutions, students at Gunn High School decided they could not sit quietly.

When anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church announced the hate group would picket Newark Memorial High School’s production of “The Laramie Project,” [about reaction to the murder of a gay university student], community members like Gail Nelson couldn’t sit quietly. Borrowing from a scene in the play, concerned citizens dressed as angels to block from view Phelps’ followers and their hateful placards.

More here.



Lilian is the author of Web of Angels, a novel about a mom with DID (multiple personalities). She's also the author of the historical novels, The River Midnight and The Singing Fire, about secrets, friendship and motherhood in 19th century Poland and London.

10 thoughts on “*Love against Hate

  1. Thanks, Lilian, it was great to see that show of support. I just remembered as I watched those clips about our local reports here about “corrective rape” of lesbians in SA. Apparently it’s widespread. Just sickening. I tend to take note of those stories and then just mentally switch to the next story (equally distressing often). But I think a response such as this one which reaches out would be a lot better.

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