|Steve Drain and Gabriel Phelps from the Westboro Baptist Church protest Thursday morning near the Islamic Center of America on Ford Road. The three prosetors from Westboro were outnumbered by those objecting to their message.|
Because the Phelps are protesting an Islamic center ~ it then takes on another level of significance ~ never mind the funerals of soldiers.
The three prosetors from Westboro were outnumbered by those objecting to their message.
Some there said they were representing Muslims upset about what they saw as a hateful attack on their faith...
So you want special treatment ~ under the law? A law protecting the Muslim faith from criticism and protest ~ similar to the laws in the Islamic world??
DEARBORN -- A Kansas church group known for protesting soldiers’ funerals was here this morning, holding an anti-Muslim demonstration at the Islamic Center of America.
As parents dropped their children off at the Muslim American Youth Academy next-door to the mosque, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church stood on a grassy median along Altar Road, carrying signs that said, “Imams are pedophiles,” and “God hates Muslims.”
On the other side of the driveway was a larger counter protest of about 25-30 people. The group and the causes they identified with were diverse.
Some there said they were representing Muslims upset about what they saw as a hateful attack on their faith.
Others wore their Christian caps and for the most part said they were there to denounce what they consider to be an “un-Christian” message.
There were secular types, too. Michigan militia members lined up with the counter protesters and said they were there to “keep citizens safe.” Some people identified themselves only as residents that disagreed with Westboro’s stance, which is most often anti-gay.
Dearborn police provided security for the protest, keeping the two groups separated throughout. The protest lasted only a half hour, from 8-8:30 a.m.
When the demonstration finished, the Topeka-based Westboro members entered a Chrysler 300C and were followed by a police escort east down Ford Road.
The day before the Westboro website carried an announcement that they would be protest at the funeral in Marine City, Michigan for a soldier killed in Afghanistan, but they apparently never showed up.
After leaving Dearborn the three representing the Kansas church went to Wayne State University, where they protested a Jewish student group. The church’s website expresses anti-Jewish as well as anti-Catholic sentiments.
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