Kansas schoolkids stand up to hate

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Christian psychopath Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church turned up at Shawnee Mission East High School in Prairie Village, Kansas, last week, hoping to spend a day with his hate-addled family harassing the populace with their wretched slogans. The Phelps’s are used to receiving a vigorous response at many of their assemblies, especially when they try and picket the funerals of soldiers killed overseas. But even they must have been surprised when the entire school turned out with their own placards and slogans repudiating the anti-gay venom which is the only message the Westboro Baptist Church has to give to the world.

Their message didn’t sit well with many students at the high school where, according to student Jake Davidson, there is a Gay and Straight Alliance at the school and students elected a homecoming king in 2007 who was openly gay.

“Everyone is equal whether you’re gay or straight,” said Davidson, a 16-year-old junior from Leawood and an organizer of the student protest.

“It’s really cool that everyone wants to be involved and take a stand against this. It doesn’t surprise me that everyone wants to help out.” (More.)

See that, Fred? That’s the future, and it’s laughing at you because you look ridiculous.

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in Tucson, Arizona with Stephanie Smith. https://linktr.ee/jaywbabcock

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