Posts tagged ‘Heritage High School’

June 1, 2010

Evil Visits Vancouver

by lewwaters

As announced previously, the Westboro miscreants showed up outside of Heritage High School today to spread their message of hate against Gays and America’s Veterans. 7 of their number walked from a single SUV parked away from where some 300 counter-protesters parked.

The Columbian posted an initial report on their website shortly after the “event” disbanded, Rallies at Heritage High draw hundreds

Counter-protesters standing across the street easily drowned out any chants or words the 7 misguided cretins may have been trying to say.

All sorts of people showed up to counter-protest. Gays, straights, male, female, young, old, Black, White, all gathered in opposition to these hate mongers who pervert scripture to justify their hatred. State Representative Jim Moeller and his campaign manager joined with the counter-protesters in letting all know we in Vancouver do not appreciate such visits by such people.

Home made signs scattered the east side of the street expressing opposition while the Westboro ilk carried professional signs and wrapped themselves in upside down American flags, one looking bloodied with another dragging the American flag down the sidewalk on the west side of the street.

Westboro has been staging such demonstrations as “God Hates Fags” for several years, beginning in their hometown of Topeka, Kansas. The group claims to have staged over 41,000 protests in over 650 cities since 1991, at accost of some $250,000 a year.

Largely ignored for many years, the group added protesting at funerals of Soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after the War on Terror began, incurring the wrath of thousands of Veterans nationwide as well as families of the fallen. Their message of hate still directed against Gays, they charge God Hates America’s soldiers due to Gays within America.

Many call for ignoring these fools and while there is merit in that claim, their changing how they protested shows me that ignoring them just brings escalation in their protests. Fortunately for them, we are no longer in the 19th century where such actions would have resulted in tar & feathering or lynching.

Most telling during today’s “event,” was after the day beginning clear, it began raining just before they showed up. Compared to the weather during Memorial Day Ceremonies, a day that began raining and cleared up during the ceremony, it is obvious that at least Mother Nature does not support their message of hate.

It is unknown exactly why Heritage High was targeted, but some presume it is due to school’s having a Gay-Straight Alliance club.

Clark County Sheriff’s Deputies closed both ends of NE 130th Avenue in front of Heritage High and did a great job of keeping both side separated, not that the cowards from Westboro, who requested Police protection prior to arriving, would try to mingle with some 300 counter-protesters.

In all, it shows that the various factions present in Clark County can set aside differences and join together to counter real hate.

May 18, 2010

Westboro Hate Group Heading to the Northwest

by lewwaters

To what we owe this announced visit from the Westboro cretins, I don’t know. But they have announced their plans to be here to stage one of their hate-mongering protests outside of Heritage High School on June 1, approximately 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM.

Gay-bashing church plans picketing at Heritage High

They may call themselves a “church” and “Baptists,” but they are anything but. They have no known affiliation with any Baptist Association or Convention. Calling themselves “Independent Baptist,” following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles, not one mainstream Primitive Baptist group agrees with them, all rejecting their perversion of scripture. This small band of followers of Fred Phelps, comprised mostly of his family members, is no doubt the most hateful cult I can recall.

From his initial “God Hates Fags” to spread hate to Gays to his protesting at funerals of our fallen Troops, there is not an ounce of biblical love coming from these cold hearted hate mongers.

Besides dishonoring others in the community across America, they seem to desire to provoke angry responses so they can file lawsuits against people, some family members being attorneys.

As much as they pervert scripture to justify their hate, they pervert laws to protect their hate, as was seen when Albert Snyder, whose son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, was killed in action in Iraq in 2006 was ordered to pay the hate group’s legal fees for an appeal they filed to reverse a multi-million dollar award stemming from their protesting outside Matthews funeral.

Dead Marine’s father ordered to pay protesters’ legal costs

I’ll reserve comment on the judge.

From the Columbian article we read,

May 28, the group plans to picket five Jewish synagogues and centers; a Catholic church; a Bible church; and the large New Hope Community Church near Clackamas, Ore.
Early June 1, the group will picket Portland’s Grant High School before the first bell, the website shows.
That same day, it will gather at Heritage from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m., chiefly “to picket the rebellious brats and lying teachers,”

The group’s attorney, Rebekah Phelps Davis, has faxed an announcement to Sheriff Garry Lucas and Cmdr. Chuck Atkins stating they plan to protest “peaceful and law-abiding manner” and requesting “police provide a safe environment, including a ‘dead zone’ to buffer the group from possible threats.”

Atkins says, “ it is our responsibility to let them do what they’re legally allowed to do. We take a neutral stance. As long as they don’t impede traffic, driveways, foot traffic, etc.”

If it were up to me, their “safe environment” would be supplied next to the sewage treatment facility down by the river.

It is unknown to me if there will be any organized opposition to their protest. Patriot Guard Riders, who have long placed themselves between the hate-group and families at funerals, must be invited by a family member or an official.

Such despicable hate as this group spreads must be stood up to somewhere in our legal system. They target not only Gays and funerals of our fallen Heroes, but Jews, Catholics and just about everybody outside of their hate filled group.

The very Bible they pervert says,

Matthew 7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

They too will one day stand before their maker and be judged for their actions.

The country must stop cowering from these hateful people, for as much as other hate-groups were largely marginalized for their hateful actions during the Civil Rights era; whatever legal measures are available must be taken to drown out this message of hate today.