Thursday, April 01, 2010

Update on Westboro Protest

Image by Robb Allen
Updating the situation:

There will be a counter-protest.
About 30 people circled together inside Owens Dining Hall Saturday afternoon to discuss a unified response. The meeting, led by Student Government Association president Brandon Carroll, tossed around several ideas in handling the church.

“We want everybody on the same page,” Carroll said.

[...]

The group voted, agreeing that a counter-protest will be formed.
It looks like the main victim of their protest will be Morgan Harrington.
Church officials said they were not protesting the 2007 shootings, saying they were “coming for the event that happened last month,” referencing slain student Morgan Harrington. A 20-year-old education major, Harrington was found in late January 2010 after going missing in October 2009 while attending a Metallica concert in Charlottesville, Va.
I still find it strikingly coincidental that this will be exactly one week before April 16.

Tech's LGBTA community has taken the opposite approach - ignore them and don't give them the reaction they're looking for.
The LGBTA community has also shown outrage about the church’s protest. Aimee Kanode, a senior humanities, science, and environment major at Tech and president of Tech’s LGBTA said she would not attend the protest, as she has work on the day of the protest.

“These people are awful, appalling, despicable,” Kanode said. “My method is to just ignore them. Me wasting energy on those people is not worth my time.” Kanode said that while the group would not officially organize for the protest, several members and officers would be in attendance. Kanode said she advised her members to “be smart about it.”
The bastards are probably hoping to distract from other events, too.
Another concern for community members is the potential for the protest to take away from other events for the day. Among the events scheduled for April 9 include a memorial for David Seth Mitchell, a US Marine killed in Afghanistan and Tech’s Relay for Life event, which is a fundraiser for cancer research.
They're trying to get their money's worth out of this trip, it seems. Scum.

1 comment:

Kold_Kadavr_flatliner said...

We can be thankfull, can't we, the laws of our swiftly, declining cuntry have allowed good, ol Fred to continue protesting. Being in the same city as him, I forsee a time when they won't be able anymore. That's scary; that's destruction of our civil liberties which the ACLU, as much as I despise'm, ain't gonna stand for. Nevertheless... it'll be anarchy and martial law caused by the stanky, filthy, puppet BO (I call him those nasty adjectives to prove my point: not everyone gets to Heaven). So, should you be, too: just as they cannot empathize with you so goes the opposite; don't call him 'scum'. We all have our ways of sin and a purpose given by the Almighty, some more than others, friend. Who are you to throw the first stone? Meet me Upstairs in the Great Beyond where we'll have a beer, k? See ya soon. God bless --- tok2me, bud. fill in the comments...