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by Brian Leubitz

Hillsdale High's play poster
The poster for the Hillsdale High Production of Laramie Project. The play runs until this evening, and tickets can be bought online
Laramie Project

On Monday, I mentioned Hillsdale High School. The theater program there was performing the Matthew Shephard tribute play, the Laramie Project, and the hateful Westboro Church of Topeka, Kansas was supposed to show up.  You know these people, the ones who show up in front of soldier’s funerals saying that they were dying because America tolerates the LGBT community.  Even going so far as to say “Thank God for IEDs.”  They are truly a disgusting hate group, and no amount of religious cloaking should get them any sort of pass.

But a curious thing happened when the play opened.  The hate group was nowhere to be found. Instead, over 400 supporters of the play and the LGBT community showed up for what became a celebration.

The gathering Saturday evening was supposed to be a counterprotest to an out-of-state group’s planned picketing of the school’s weeklong production of the gay-themed play “The Laramie Project.” Instead it turned into a festive rally calling for tolerance and equality when members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas did not show up as scheduled before a performance of the play.

“It’s amazing,” Hillsdale Theater Director Allison Gamlen said, looking over the streetside crowd numbering at least 200 strong from throughout the Bay Area. “I have goose bumps. I’m extremely proud.”

Another 200 Hillsdale students and colleagues rallied inside the school for what was dubbed the “Lovefest.” They then quietly walked hand-in-hand outside and through the campus, with supporters on the sidewalks applauding.

“Hillsdale doesn’t approve of hate,” said senior Casey Anderson, 17, a stage crew member for the play, which is about the Wyoming town and the aftermath of the beating death of gay university student Matthew Shepard in 1998. (San Jose Mercury-News)

I was going to write another post about foreign bigotry, but that can always wait.  Sometimes you just need some good news.  And more often than not these days, it’s coming from the youth. Why is it that our high school students can be so much more mature than their parents and grandparents? To many young people, it isn’t even a question anymore. It is simply wrong to discriminate. It’s just natural and obvious what the right thing to do is.

The play’s run ends tonight, so if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, perhaps consider supporting Hillsdale High’s production. You can even buy tickets online right here.


  • 1. Sheryl Carver  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I attended last night's performance with a family whose daughter attends Hillsdale High. The production was very well done, and was incredibly moving. It was amazing that high school students could do such a professional job with such difficult material.

    Maybe the Westboro fanatics are running out of operating funds, or maybe they're tired of the focus at their protests shifting to the supporters of tolerance & diversity, Whatever the reason, I was glad they weren't there, & uplifted by the folks who showed up on the side of love.

  • 2. Marlene Bomer  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:04 am

    That's been the usual tactic of the phreaks from the Phelps cult. They make all these threats and they come up empty — just like their supposed "Christianity".

  • 3. Waxr  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:13 am

    It feels good to see news like this for a change.

  • 4. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:28 am

    "And more often than not these days, it’s coming from the youth. Why is it that our high school students can be so much more mature than their parents and grandparents?"

    The technology/information age and a blend of evolution…..the Hateros can't hide the truth anymore….and they are struggling to do so…"I love living in the future"…Haggie says nothing is inevitable….I say she's full of shite….Look at the history of rights movements everything is inevitable…..I guess she also thinks death is inevitable…since she says nothing is….dumb Hatero…bwaaaaa……I called her dumb….because she is…hhehee….<3…Ronnie

  • 5. Dan Hess  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Lol, wouldn't it be funny if the Westboro Baptist Church was actually on our side all along? I mean, they've campaigned around the country getting everyone pissed at fundamentalist Christianity, and now they're giving out protest threats and not showing up, so that a massive counterprotest bands together. Maybe they're just trying to get us to actually stand together and we should actually be thanking 'em.

    …or maybe they're just bigoted douchebags.

  • 6. Straight Grandmother  |  March 28, 2010 at 4:14 am

    Worse, far worse than bigoted douchebags

  • 7. CeeVee  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Funny, I've thought that too…certainly they've done a lot to galvanize the LGBT community! My only conclusion is: methinks ye (Fred and Company) doth protest too much. Have you seen Fred in his cute running outfit!?

  • 8. Matthew  |  March 28, 2010 at 3:36 am

    I feel so sorry for the poor children in the westboro church. I cried when I watched the video on their website that had a 3 or 4 year old singing 'god hates the world'. Their hateful brainwashing should be considered child abuse. Not to mention those childrens family trees are missing a few branches.

    Here in anchorage we don't have anyone as bad as them but the largest church here is close. The Prevos church is our westboro.

  • 9. Richard W. Fitch  |  March 28, 2010 at 3:49 am

    The targets of WBC hate are wising up, especially when it is a school production of "The Laramie Project" or "Rent". Many have counter-protested by having contributors pledge $$$ for how many minutes WBC will hold on. The funds are then given to local GSA, LGBT Youth support groups, etc. Kudos to those who can turn vinegar into honey.

  • 10. Waxr  |  March 28, 2010 at 4:03 am

    For a first hand account of what the Westboro church really is, go to Nate Phelps website:

    Nate Phelps managed to excape from his father's control when he was 18 years old, and is now in opposition to the church.

  • 11. Straight Grandmother  |  March 28, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Nate's website is okay. gowever for a really FULL description then go here and be sure and read all 10 chapters. There are links at the bottom for the additional chapters

    – here is just some of the facts on the vermin about th pastor Fred Phelps This story is not on Nate's website in full like the website I show above.

    Phelps was editor of the Law Review and star of the school's moot court. He is remembered by some of the faculty as perhaps the most brilliant student ever to pass through Washburn Law. If the public performance was impressive, however, the private life grew even more dark.

    "It was a very rare occasion," says Mark, "when he would come anywhere in the house that the kids were. While he was studying the law, he'd fly into rages because we were making noise. Mom would hide us-for the good of all." In fact, Phelps began to spend more and more time in his bedroom, cut off from his family except when they were needed to run errands for him; cut off except for his wife, whom he forced to remain with him in his bedroom for days at a time. Apparently the pastor's sexual appetites were voracious, and his emotional dependency even greater: Says Mark, "Mom had to spend the major portion of her day sitting next to him in bed, trying to say the right things to keep him calm, while he bitched and moaned and complained and railed and carried on. "He left the older children to take care of the younger ones while he monopolized our mother's time and attention. We were literally left on our own for the major portion of our childhoods." While the pastor lolled now grossly overweight in his bed like some Ottoman pasha, rolling in his law books and 100 pounds of excess blubber, lecturing the wife and walls on the evils of the reprobate, wallowing in gluttony and goat-like sexual appetites, he resembled, not so much the John Brown of his earlier ambitions, as he did an esquired Jabba the Hut.

    "The kids would sit in grime and scum and filth for hours at a time," says Mark, "tied into their high chairs or strollers by mom, for their safety, until she could sneak away from him to give them a diaper change, redo their ties, and set it up for the older kids to feed them, so she could get back to him.

    "I remember when she'd come downstairs, all the kids would cluster around her like a swarm of bees, just to touch her and talk to her." Mark goes on: "I started doing most of the grocery shopping, by bike, with my brother Fred when I was only seven or eight, because our mom had such a hard time getting away. We had baskets on our bikes. We were given money but it was never enough. It was humiliating because we would hold up the line at the checkout while the cashiers would ask us what we wanted to keep or take back, and then they'd do the figuring for us," Mark sighs in the phone: "When he wanted a chicken dinner, he'd stay in bed and have me ride my bike two miles each way to get him one. He never thanked me. "We'd run errands for that, or he'd send us out for a piece of apple pie with cheese on it. And we had to get back fast. Damn fast, or he'd complain his apple pie wasn't hot enough. "It was a mile or two back, the pie riding in a mesh basket, and we had to get it to him hot." Mark pauses. "It's pretty unbelievable when I think about it. At breakfast, my father got bacon and eggs; the kids got oatmeal and grits. At dinner we'd have beans and rice while he ate chicken or hamburger. Now that I'm a father myself, that just seems incomprehensible to me. "My father had to take care of us each year when my mom went into the hospital to give birth. Whatever he had to do, he'd always lose his temper and start screaming.

    "We'd be too scared of him to eat-and then he'd beat us for not eating. My saliva would not work when he was in the room and mom was gone, so, to clean our plates, we'd throw our food under the table or into our laps and flush it down the toilet later. "When he took care of us, I tried to stay out of the same room with him at all times. He would be real hard on the little ones when he dressed them. He'd push and jerk and tug real hard. My father was so impatient and unpredictable. You never knew what to expect or how to act." When the children did run into Jabba-the-Dad out of his bed, it was usually unpleasant. Mark tells of one such time: "The day my brother, Tim, was born, Fred, Jr., and I were in the dining room fooling around and Fred started to chase me out the back door. I ran right into my dad."

    According to Mark, the pastor started screaming at them not to horse around. He punched both boys several times and ordered them outside to work in the yard. On his way out, Mark rounded a corner and inadvertently stumbled into his father a second time. Enraged, the pastor connected with a hook to the side of his son's head. Mark fell down dazed and stunned. The pastor began to kick him, and kept kicking him, but Mark couldn't get up. His father screamed at him to go out in the yard, but the boy's legs felt like jello and "the room was rolling in vertigo". Finally, his father left him there, sprawled and dazed like a defeated boxer. When Mark could stand up, he joined his older brother already at work.

    This is barely nothing- Just read it all and get your eyes opened!

  • 12. David Kimble  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Geesh! I couldn't bring myself to go the website to read anymore – there is an eerie similarity to my years growing up – minus the pastor of course! <3 David

  • 13. Kathleen  |  March 28, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Glad to see they didn't show up.

  • 14. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Posted on March 28, 2010
    CNN Confirms Antigay Slur Hurled at Frank
    By Editors

    While Sarah Palin campaigned for Senator John McCain on Saturday, she denied Tea Party members were responsible for inciting violence at gays and blacks. But according to CNN's Candy Crowley, a CNN producer confirmed at least one person affiliated with the Tea Party recently yelled "faggot" at Congressman Barney Frank.

    CNN also has video of a Tea Party member spitting on Congressman Emmanuel Cleaver, an African-American man.

    (me) Oh Sarah…Sarah….Sarah…don't you know that we live in the technology/information age?…..the video was bound to pop up eventually……you stupid conservative reich Hatero B!tch……although you can't hear it….I believe it….and how much do you want to bet that that producer is getting death threats as I post this…..

    The video is attached to the article on……OH SHITE PWND…..<3….Ronnie

  • 15. Ben  |  March 28, 2010 at 8:38 am

    I was in Logan Airport at Boston when they announced that on CNN. Then they questioned how political the statement was, running a clip of Cantor chiding the Dems for using these attacks politically. I thought to myself, “Silly Republicans. If anyone from the Democrats hurled insults like that at you — nevermind that we wouldn't — you would be crying foul before the whole world, if you could.”

  • 16. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Posted on March 28, 2010
    DADT on Sunday Morning TV
    By Editors

    CBS’s “Sunday Morning,” featured a 12-minute report from correspondent Kimberly Dozier on the personal impact of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The story hits especially close to home for Dozier, who was rescued after an attack while reporting in Iraq by a soldier who was later discharged for being gay.

    (me) sooo….she rescues someone…saves somebodies life…..sure she got a medal for the act of bravery and heroism ….. but then what do they do to her in return when the find out she's a lesbian?…. our armed forces treats her like a criminal and dishonorably discharged…..ok….point taken….only straight people can be heros…..pft…give me a break….REPEAL NOW!!!…..JUST DO IT!!!……

    There's a video of an interview with the soldier who saved Kimberly Dozier's life as well as her partner who was also discharged……along with some other very good and very strong interviews to support repeal of DADT……NOW!!!……JUST DO IT!!!……<3….Ronnie

  • 17. David Kimble  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:16 am

    This is just creepy and makes no sense. We have good, well-trained personnel, who do remarkable things and even their bravery is not enough to repel the witch hunts! Whoever is in charge should be ashamed! <3 David

  • 18. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 9:22 am

    and shunned from society….if not stoned (because that would be wrong)…..JMHGO…..<3…Ronnie

  • 19. Ed C  |  March 29, 2010 at 2:32 am

    @David, the person in charge is Obama as commander-in-chief. No shame there, and no action, either, just words and promises.

  • 20. dieter  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:14 am

    AHHHH,,Religion..what a beacon of morality:

    This Week In Holy Crimes

    Over the last seven days…

    Texas: Pastor Dean Richard Tarkington found guilty of possession of child porn.
    Kentucky: Pastor Alonzo Bradley arrested for torturing his wife by "beating and burning her with implements."
    West Virginia: Pastor Johnny Ray Dempsey pleads guilty to incest and sexual abuse by a parent.
    Florida: Rev. John C. Spinks charged with possession and distribution of child porn.
    Maryland: Father Thomas Bevan to face September trial for multiple counts of child molestation.
    Connecticut: Youth Pastor David Esarey convicted of sexual assault on a minor and possession of child porn.
    Ireland: Father Francis Markey charged with rape of 15 year-old boy forty years ago. Markey had been suspended at least three times for sexual misconduct but was always allowed to go back to "work."
    Vienna: An unnamed priest has resigned after confessing to sex with a boy. Two other priests in the same diocese have been suspended.
    Arizona: Rabbi Bryan Bramley charged with rape of 7 year-old girl.
    California: Pastor Matthew Davis charged with multiple felony counts of lewd and lascivious behavor and indecent exposure to children.
    New Zealand: Pastor Donald Tarnaki charged with sexual assault of 13 year-old girl.
    Florida: Music worship teacher David Lanham charged with 16 felony counts of sexual abuse of four children ages 5-11.
    Ontario: Pastor James Sinclair charged with three counts of sexual assault.

    This Week's Winner-
    New York: At his Palm Sunday Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, today Archbishop Timothy Dolan defended the Pope against charges of complicity in the ever-widening child molestation scandal, comparing the Pope to Christ and saying that Ill Papa is "being daily crowned with thorns by groundless innuendo." Dolan claims that the Catholic Church if being "unfairly singled-out" for their kiddie-fuckers because child molestation happens in other religions too. Dolan, of course, made no mention of the inconvenient fact that other religions don't have an ongoing (and until recently, very successful) global system of shielding their child molesters from prosecution.

  • 21. Straight Grandmother  |  March 29, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Dietere, others may not agree, however I do find your postings about "This week the crimes committed by the collard set" is of interest to me. Many of us on here are Christiians (not all!). Your list goes to prrove that there is nothing inheritenly " moral" that goes with wearing the collar. There are sinners there jsut like in every other vocation.

  • 22. K!r!lleXXI  |  April 3, 2010 at 1:42 am

    I think Catholic Church has to do something extraordinary to protect the children — stop those "altar boys" programs, get out of teaching business, etc. Isn't that obvious that they themselves invite those problems? Horny men who cannot be with women and who can use this sanctimonious status of a priest (who you can trust with everything) pose a greater danger to the children, much greater than the danger they describe LGBs represent to the same children! Unbelievable how hypocritical are they being! The kettle and the pot, indeed!


  • 23. Dave P  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I attended the rally and performance of "The Laramie Project" at Hillsdale High in San Mateo on Saturday with some friends. We had heard about how the Westboro Cult was expected to show up and we wanted to show our support for the students.

    When we arrived, we saw the row of TV trucks and a large number of police. It was looking like it could be a difficult and unpleasant scene and I was angry to think that these decent kids might be subjected to the vile hatred that spews from the Westboro Cult.

    But things turned out far far better than I ever could have hoped. When we turned the corner and saw the front of the school I saw the most beautiful sight. A large crowd of people holding huge banners and signs, all with loud and clear messages of love and acceptance and support for equal rights. And this wasn't a group of older gay activists who had driven down the peninsula from San Francisco. Almost the entire crowd was young straight kids. And these signs and banners weren't just in the crowd out in front of the school, the entire front wall of the school itself was covered in huge banners with more of these wonderful messages, put there by the students. Passing cars honked their horns in support and the crowd cheered. It was an incredible atmosphere of positive emotions and a celebration of pure human decency.

    I thought I was going there to support them, but they supported me. Harvey Milk always said "You gotta give 'em hope" and that's what these kids gave me. They renewed my hope.

  • 24. Straight Grandmother  |  March 29, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Many thanks for your first hand account. The times they are a changing, and it is because of the young generation. I fall on my knees in gratitude to those who went before and blazed the way so that our youth nowedays are open minded and accepting. Well for the msot part.

  • 25. K!r!lleXXI  |  April 3, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Dave P:

    A large crowd of people holding huge banners and signs, all with loud and clear messages of love and acceptance and support for equal rights. […] Almost the entire crowd was young straight kids. […] [T]he entire front wall of the school itself was covered in huge banners with more of these wonderful messages, put there by the students. Passing cars honked their horns in support and the crowd cheered. It was an incredible atmosphere of positive emotions and a celebration of pure human decency.

    I was reading this and crying! I don't think I will ever have a chance to see this in my country — Russia. I don't think I will live long enough (and I'm only 25 now, no matter how much Straight Grandmother doesn't want to believe me)! I am so happy that our equality is victorious at least in some places of our world! And the skies do not fall down! The skies only clear out to reveal the warmth of hope for the sunny future for us all — gay and straight; male, female, intersex and transgender! Someday… someday…


  • 26. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Posted on March 28, 2010
    Minister Faces Sanction for Legal Marriages
    By Editors

    “Trying to sanction a minister for performing marriages…is unprecedented,” Spahr’s attorney, Scott Clark, tells the Santa Rosa, Calif., Press Democrat. But JoAn Blackstone, the prosecutor in the case, which gets under way in August or September, said California law is immaterial. Legal or not, same-sex marriages are “expressly prohibited,” by the church."

    (me) Excuse me?!!….."California law is immaterial"……so now the RCC is above the law?…..Who the F#%^U%$&… Piece of F$&*%(& shite child molesting son of $^*#%*^%*… make me so F&*$* sick I can F&%*((&^*ing throw up blood……THAT'S IT….THAT'S F%#^&#* IT…..THIS IS UNITED STATES AMERICA GOD D%$&$%^ IT!!!!!…….if she wants to perform a marriage in the eye of the LAW she is entitled to….take your illegal garbage and stuff it up the pope's vatican where the sun don't shine…..GD child molesting freaks…..You know what people if we need to force the churches out of our government…..then that is what we are going to half to do……separation btw. church and state my gay @$$….

    Reverend Jane Spahr….you are a goddess and we will welcome you into our community with open and loving arms……F those child molesters…..You did what was in your heart to do and for that whatever awaits in the next life your higher power will welcome you as well with open and loving arms…..You truly are Human and a practitioner of LOVE…..<3…Ronnie

  • 27. Kathleen  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Ronnie, as I understand this story, she is facing sanctions by her church, not a violation of civil law. The trial is before the Presbytery of the Redwoods Permanent Judicial Commission; she's being charged with a violation of her ordination vows. So, in this case, yes, the state law is irrelevant.

    And yes, these church bodies are above the law in determining violations of their own doctrine. Just because divorce is legal, doesn't mean RC priests must marry people who've been divorced. Just because it's legal for people of different faith backgrounds to marry under civil law, doesn't mean a church can't require conversion to the church's faith before allowing them to be married in the church. It falls within the umbrella of religious freedom.

  • 28. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I understand that…but what are they really going to do other then fire her….they can't force her to pay anything…she was following USA and California law…..I really don't care what the RC says…..this is the USA…if they don't like what she did for her friends…then too bad…..they can't force their beliefs on people in the land of the free….I don't care what their rules are and neither does she…..and I say good for her……

    in the article attached to the clip it states…..Spahr's own lawyers said Spahr would risk future prosecution by continuing to marry same-sex couples.

    “It really doesn't matter to me what they might do,” Spahr said a day after the ruling on April 28, 2008. “I must do what I was called to do.”……“It's a real faith issue for me,” she said. “I think I would be in jeopardy if I didn't do it.”

    (me) I hope she performs gay marriage after gay marriage after gay marriage after gay marriage…..and like I said they can stuff their hate up the pope's vatican where the sun doesn't shine…… <3…Ronnie

  • 29. Bob  |  March 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Yes the church's are above the law, interesting situation they are finding themselves in though,

    They have strict rules regarding divorce, which they have been turning a blind eye too, for some time now, as well as the restrictions on interfaith marriages, they bend the rules for hetero's only!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    So for example the catholic church has to do some quick back peddling, and reassert lapsed doctrines, wonder how the congregaton will take to it. A person who divorces a living spouse under civil law, is considered an adulterer according to church doctrine, and the punishment for that is severe.that sin is equal to homosexuality, so for all these years they've been allowing the hetero's to get away with things double standard.. at the least.

  • 30. Kathleen  |  March 28, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    First, this is the Presbyterian Church, not Catholics… just to set the record straight.

    I agree that it's terrible that the church won't agree to do these marriages and hurray for the good Reverend who chooses to follow her conscience. But I have no desire for us, as a society, to dictate to a church what its rules should be about whom they allow to be married within their faith. It's their business, as long as it only applies to those who choose to follow their doctrine, and not to me or anyone else who does not.

  • 31. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Whatever…..I don't care anymore….I hope she continues to do her good work…and I hope that stupid church sees it as a spit and slap in their face every time she does it…..<3….Ronnie

  • 32. Richard A. Walter (s  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I think this is just great, and it points out the truth about Fred Phelps and WBC-they are cowards. I am only now getting to respond to this because my husband had a heteros Jewish wedding to officiate today, and I had Passover cleaning and cooking after we got back. But KUDOS and PROPS to Hillsedale High School and all those who showed up in support.

  • 33. Bob  |  March 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    @ Kathleen, did you get the impression from my post that I'm advocating for us as a society to dictate to the church.

    It's obvious that the good reverend followed her concsience, and good for her, I realize that the story was not about catholic church, and also that most people won't give a hoot, but for those who are questioning the churches authority, I'm just giving an example, The churches are being questioned from within, and this is a good thig,, it's not up to you or anyone not a member to take up those issues. This is a great example of a Presbyterian Minister challenging her church on issues of bound conscience,
    I also used this example as another opportunity to point out the double standard, many churches have gotten away with for generations, most notably the catholic church.

    If you think what happens in the church doesn't apply to you or anyone else who doens';t attend, you're wrong about that, and the prop8 evidence points directly to how these churches have influenced the lives of LBGT people, while using a double standard to protect heteroes and overlook their trangressions.

  • 34. Kathleen  |  March 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I wasn't responding to your posts at all, Bob.

  • 35. Dan Hess  |  March 28, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    So yeah, I'm an ordained minister as of 2 hours ago. Once they legalize SSM in Maryland I'll be happy to marry you guys. ^_^

  • 36. Kathleen  |  March 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm


  • 37. Bob  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Wow I'm just wound tight , ready to spring at anything, hope when the shit hits the fan, the pope and any of his religious right , no matter by what name they call themselves, get it full blast in the face. and they are weeks away in scorching dessert, from any relief in the form of a bath, that's a pretty pathetic rant but that's it for tonight. Shit to them all

  • 38. Bob  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah congrats Dan, obviousy, the fan won't be pointing in your direction, speaking of direction, which church or religious affiliation are you orained in?.

  • 39. dieter  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    To any of you who are still not believing that the churches are getting ready for another holocaust to extinguish gays…

    ADRIAN, Mich. – The FBI said Sunday that agents conducted weekend raids in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio and arrested at least three people, and a militia leader in Michigan said the target of at least one raid was a Christian militia group.

    Federal warrants were sealed, but a federal law enforcement official speaking on condition of anonymity said some of those arrested face gun charges and officials are pursuing other suspects. Some of the suspects were expected in court Monday.

    FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold confirmed the FBI had been working in two southeast Michigan counties near the Ohio state line. FBI spokesman Scott Wilson in Cleveland said agents arrested two people Saturday after raids in two Ohio towns.

    A third arrest made in northeast Illinois on Sunday stemmed from a raid Saturday just over the border in northwest Indiana, both part of an ongoing investigation led by the FBI in Michigan, according to a statement from agents in Illinois.

  • 40. Dan Hess  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Comment below was replying to Bob, not Dieter. XD

  • 41. Ronnie  |  March 29, 2010 at 12:41 am

    to go with this…. there is more info about what went down w/this terrorist christian group on….

    A militant Midwestern group of Christian survivalists called the “Hutaree” – – (me) apparently it means Christian Warrior…..enough said…..

    (me) but the funniest part is that people have started to flood their website with gay porn…..bwaaaaaaaa…..

    "someone calling themselves ‘David’ posted this ominous message: ‘Pay attention to the searches going on right now. Lots of men are in the backwoods at the moment. Bunkers exist that'll keep a few for months.’ They may be under attack now, but if David is right, we haven't heard the last of the Hutaree.”

    (me) I'm shaking in my dolce's……..hehehehe……<3…Ronnie

  • 42. Dan Hess  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    That's the great thing; I'm not ordained in a specific tradition. I'm legally ordained as a member of Universal Ministries, which is a non-denominational religious organization. All I need is a license from the legal clerk in Frederick County and I'm good to go.

  • 43. Straight Ally #3008  |  March 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Watching a clip of Fred Phelps one day, I wished I could just wave a magic wand and instantly erase the hate and bigotry from that man's heart. But the problem is, even if I could, it would never erase the physical and psychological abuse he committed on his own family. How could ever possibly atone for his crimes? As tragic as it might be, I firmly believe some people are truly too far gone.

    Nothing more to add tonight, except another clip about the Patriot Guard Riders, who originally formed to shield mourning families from the Westboro Baptist Church. This one's a tear-jerker, be forewarned.

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  • 44. Bob  |  March 28, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    interesting reading, about change within,

  • 45. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    This is the new song from the Sisters Martie Maguire and Emily Robison of the Dixie Chicks that somebody mentioned….They formed a side project called Court Yard Hounds, which has made a new song about a young man coming out to his angry, judgmental father. The track, “Ain’t No Son,” appears on the Court Yard Hounds’ self-titled debut album to be released in May.


    “‘I turned the TV on, and it was A&E or one of those documentary kind of shows about these poor teenage kids who are devastated that their parents won't let 'em stay in the house because they found out they were gay,’ she explains. ‘The lines, 'You ain't no son to me/Eight pound baby boy I bounced on my knee' were around from the very beginning. That idea, how can you have kids and love them so much and one day decide not to — it just boggled my mind.’”

  • 46. Ronnie  |  March 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    Posted on March 29, 2010
    Meghan McCain: "I Am Not Ann Coulter"
    By Julie Bolcer

    Meghan McCain spoke at George Washington University Thursday evening and defended her support for marriage equality as principled, not politically expedient. Meanwhile, antigay protesters and gay rights advocates held demonstrations outside the Washington, D.C., auditorium.

    (me) I heart her

    "’I am not Ann Coulter. I am not Glenn Beck. I am not trying to be a pundit. I am not trying to have a show on FOX,’" McCain said. "’My intention is to promote dialogue in this country.’"

    (me) hehehe was that a dig at Sarah Falin (I mean Palin)….I think it was….I'm just saying….seriously I heart her….

    According to the Hatchet, “Outside, about 20 members of GW YAF held a protest in Kogan Plaza, passing out wedding cake during their ‘Defending Marriage’ event. They were met by a larger counterprotest, in which students in favor of same-sex marriage chanted and held up signs that read, ‘God Bless Our Gays,’ ‘Love,’ and ‘D.C. liked it so they put a ring on it.’”

    (me) i'm sorry but Little Debbie's from Walmart hardly counts as wedding cake……And can I just throw out this Q/observation……If there are sooooo many people in this country that are against eqaulity….why can't the Hateros produce a better showing at these "protests"?……JMHGO……….<3….Ronnie

  • 47. Jake  |  March 31, 2010 at 6:22 am

    The same thing happened in Cedar Rapids, Iowa a few months ago. Why does the midwest always get overlooked by the coasts? It's probably a bigger deal that hundreds of people showed up to support the Laramie Project in a more politically diverse state than it happening in San Fran, the gay capitol of the US. Just a thought, not trying to take away from the great news. I just get miffed by coastal bias.

  • 48. Dave P.  |  March 31, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Yes, I agree that it sucks when good news like that goes under-reported. Go Cedar Rapids!!

    I posted a comment about this else where but it bears repeating here – the reason the Westboro Cult decided not to show up at Hillsdale (and probably the reason they cancelled in Cedar Rapids, too) was because of the large well-organized counter-demonstration. They know they would look like a bunch of irrelevant losers, even to other anti-gay bigots, when contrasted with an overwhelming response from the pro-equality side.

    SO – If this happens EVERY SINGLE TIME they threaten to show up ANYWHERE, they will continue to cancel again and again and that will be the end of them. Nobody gets subjected to their vile message any more and the counter-demonstrations turn into celebrations. OVERWHELM AND OUTNUMBER THEM. EVERY TIME.

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