Monday, April 27, 2009

Fred Phelps Protests RENT At High School

I've written pretty extensively on Corona del Mar High School's struggle to perform the musical RENT. First, they had to convince their bigoted Principal Fal Asrani to even allow a production of the heavily-edited school edition. Now, they've had to deal with famed bigot-nutcase Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, who flew across the country to protest the show.

The picture above is a church-member in front of the high-school with a bunch of amazingly nutty signs and below is text from the flyer they distributed to their congregation.
The Westboro Baptist Church protest flyer states: “Those who enable fag filth by such projects as Rent are also worthy of death (hell). (Ro. 1:32.) God Hates Fags and Fag-Enablers; Ergo, God Hates Corona del Mar High School!”
Dealing with such crazies can be difficult, but the students handled the protest perfectly, launching a 'Silent Counter Protest' along with other local peace organizations. I applaud them for their continued courage in the face of hate.

Here are some pictures from their successful protest, which outnumbered the bigots many times over.

I love the "God Hates Signs" sign.

1 comment:

  1. It was a big party on the CdM side. A lot of kids ditched class to come out and show their enthusiasm (which, by the way, was anything but silent). As you can see, the Kansas church people couldn't decide who or what they were protesting: they brought a variety of signs to cover the bases, just in case.

    Meanwhile, 'Rent' opened to the approval of the audience (except for the "bigoted principal" who begrudgingly showed up to show her "support." She looked like she would have rather sat through a root canal)