Westboro Baptist Church haters drowned out by social-media-fueled forces in Boulder: Does God hate Facebook?
The infamous clan of gay-hating, anti-Semitic demonstrators of the Westboro Baptist Church kept its promise to harass schools in Boulder Thursday -- an almost rare follow through for the group that appears to have found their obnoxious presence garners about as much attention as not showing up at all.
The man who loves to hate: WBC pastor Fred Phelps.
But this time, the group's messages of hate were drowned by a successful counter-protest of students and others organized through Facebook. As the Boulder Daily Camera reports, the WBC picket line outside Boulder High School was dwarfed by a much larger demonstration of peace, love and acceptance.
The lovey dovey stuff -- it's not a far cry for liberal Boulder. But as the hate group is poised to continue a three-day tour in metro Denver, day one suggests their hate mongering is losing steam.
Kameron Martinez, a freshman at Metro State, organized the counter protest through Facebook earlier this month. The event, which plans counter protests at more than a dozen supposed Westboro destinations, has lined up more than 4,000 potential attendees.
Check out the rest of WBC's protest schedule and the Camera's day one videos below:
FRIDAY, APRIL 23, 2010
-- 6:45 to 7:15 AM ~ Standley Lake High School in Broomfield
-- 8:10 to 8:40 AM ~ Denver Academy of Torah (6825 E. Alameda Ave.)
-- 9:00 to 9:30 AM ~ International Jewish News (1177 Grant St. [Denver])
-- 9:45 to 10:15AM ~ Mosaic National Jewish Center (2222 S. Albion St. [Denver])
-- 2:50 to 3:20 PM ~ Mountain Range High School in Denver (12500 Huron St.)
-- 5:30 to 6:00 PM ~ Hebrew Educational Alliance (3600 S. Ivanhoe St. [Denver])
-- 7:00 to 7:30 PM ~ Comedy Works South (5345 Landmark Pl. [Greenwood Village])
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2010
-- 8:30 to 9:00 AM ~ Temple Sinai (3509 S. Glencoe St. [Denver])
-- 10:00to 10:30AM ~ Temple Emmanuel (51 Grape St. [Denver])
-- 1:00 to 1:30 PM ~ Jewish Community Center (350 S. Dahlia St. [Denver])
-- 5:00 to 6:00 PM ~ EXDO Event Center (1399 35th St. [Denver])