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News :: GLBT/Queer : Human Rights
Westboro Baptist Church Outnumbered 50 to 1 by Counter-Protestors at BU
02 Dec 2009
Tuesday, December 1 - Four members of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), protected by two small children and several Boston police officers, held anti-Semitic and homophobic signs for about 30 minutes outside Hillel House on Bay State Road this afternoon. At least 200 counter-protesters gathered to oppose them. The WBC has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Assisted by their allies in police departments nationwide, WBC members regularly travel the country picketing such events as the funerals of gay-bashing victims.
At the BU counter-protest several students from a university gay and lesbian organization encouraged the crowd to adjourn to a party at nearby Marsh Plaza for cookies and hot chocolate in an attempt to defuse the action. One man questioned claimed that large counter-protests helped the WBC by giving them free publicity and thereby bringing in donations. However, another observer argued that the WBC actually gets most of their money by suing people who oppose them.

After the protest the WBC members left in a dark greyish-blue Toyota Sienna LE minivan with California license plate 6GQV436.

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