Monday, March 07, 2005

White County Gay Club Draws Kansas Protests

News snippets about the protesting over White Counties gay club by a Kansas church in a format that is slightly story-like.

Gay club draws Kansas protests

A group from a Kansas church condemned White County for allowing high schoolers to organize a club for gay students and supportive classmates.

The protesters, congregates of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, are planning three days of demonstrations that will culminate outside White County High School when classes resume Monday morning.

Protesters turn up heat

"They preach the big lie that God loves everybody," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, waving a sign at passers-by minutes before services began at Cleveland United Methodist Church, just off the town square.

Protesters expected this weekend

Roper said the protesters will be composed of about 10 people, some of them children. "I always take children with me on protests," she said. She said she is the mother of 11 children.

Kansas Church Protests Gay Club

Members of a Kansas church do not approve of having a gay club at White County High School. Even though students have changed it to a "Diversity Club," the members of Westboro Baptist Church still came to Cleveland to protest outside the school Monday morning. But the protesters weren't the only ones who had something to say.

Two groups. One says Jesus loves everyone. Another says God hates homosexuals. Both groups are at White County High School, separated only by police barricades. They’re all here because some high school students wanted to start a “Gay-Straight Alliance Club.”

Other groups plan to voice opinion on GSA

PFLAG, a support group for parents, friends and families of gays and lesbians, has said it will not counter protest the group from Topeka, Kan. Instead the group is conducting a fund raiser.

People may make pledges for every minute Westboro Baptist Church protests at White County High School on Monday.

"Our hope is that this will encourage this group to make their protest short, knowing they are helping to raise money for our group," said Cynthia Green, a Gainesville PFLAG spokesperson.

...If interested in donating to the cause, make pledges to pflaggainesvillepledges@yahoo.com or call 770-540-6999 for information. Checks may also be mailed to P.O. Box 737, Cleveland, Ga. 30528

And if you are interested in getting in touch with the principal, and telling him what you think go to Email to Principal Dorsey of White County High

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