Yael T. Abouhalkah: Westboro Baptist protest of gay principal backfires

06/09/2014 8:39 PM

06/10/2014 7:05 PM

Hate-filled protests by those associated with the Westboro Baptist Church can be ugly affairs.

But its protest on Monday backfired on the Topeka-based group.

The day turned out to be yet another celebration of this country’s turn toward more acceptance of gay people.

Westboro Baptist members were in Washington, D.C., to hold their signs up and taunt Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall. Last week, the 50-year-old man who had told students, teachers and others last week that he’s gay.

The announcement didn’t shake up the community or cause much of a commotion in the city.

So it’s good to hear that Wilson’s students had their principal’s back.

When Westboro Baptist showed up on Monday, media reports say from 1,000 to 1,200 students and others staged a counter-protest.

They brought their rainbow-colored signs to the event, showing support for not just Cahall but for others in the LGBT community.

The report from The Washington Post sums up everything quite nicely.

“But the Kansas church’s message was largely drowned out, dwarfed by a crowd of hundreds of students and community members who gathered in front of the school for a peaceful counterprotest. Led by student organizers urging those gathered to ‘fight the bigotry, fight the hate,’ the crowd chanted and waved rainbow flags and homemade signs proclaiming ‘Love is Love’ and ‘I Have Two Moms And Life Is Good.’”

The Post quoted Westboro Baptist Church leader Rebekah Phelps-Davis as saying the school was “damning the souls” of young people by teaching them to accept homosexuality.

This is more Westboro Baptist Church nonsense about homosexuality.

And it’s always good to see when that nonsense gets rebuffed in such a public way.

To reach Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. He appears on “Ruckus” at 7:30 tonight on KCPT. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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