Under the pretense of enlightening the world to the teaching so the Bible, the Westboro Baptist Church rolled into town with three members to picket at the Glen Burnie High School this afternoon. In a twitter conversation with Shirley Phelps-Roper, it became clear that they were picketing because of the recent arrest of former Glen Burnie High School teacher and coach Jeffrey Sears who was arrested for having a sexual relationship with a student in December.
The protest (and counter protest) went off without a visible hitch. Counter protestors began arriving about 12:30pm and grew to a crowd of approximately 500. Right on time, the 3 members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrived with a police escort. They danced, chanted and waved their signs for 30 minutes, packed up and left. On the police escort–this is merely an escort into and out of the protest area which had several roads closed. It was for the safety of everyone and was not a typical “VIP” escort.
The crows was very vocal but well behaved.
They say that pictures speak louder than words, so we will let our photos speak for themselves. We were able to speak with Rebecca Phelps-Roper and Shirley Phelps-Roper briefly and the video will be posted as soon as it is finished.
Were you are the rally? Please leave your thoughts in a comment!
- A Conversation With Shirley Phelps-Roper (eyeonannapolis.net)
- What To Expect When Westboro Baptist Comes To Glen Burnie (eyeonannapolis.net)
- Hate Is Coming To Glen Burnie (eyeonannapolis.net)