The incendiary cult group Westboro Baptists Church protested outside of Santa Monica High School on Monday, claiming that the school is too accepting of homosexuals.
Westboro Baptist Church members made the trip from their home state of Kansas to California in order to picket the Academy Awards because they believe Hollywood has encouraged immoral principles. Evidently, they decided to stop at Santa Monica High School as well to spread messages of intolerance and hate.
“The moral compasses of these children have been broken at the hands of their parents, their teachers, and their preachers from the cradle,” cult member Steve Drain told KCAL news.
The picketers held their trademark signs outside the school, announcing “God hate fags” and “thank God for AIDS.” Counter protesters also showed up, which included local community members and Santa Monica High School students and faculty members.
“Our students understand that everybody has the right to their First Amendment rights, and so be it,” said Maria Leon-Vazquez, vice president of the Santa Monica Unified Board of Education, to KCAL. “But we, in this particular city, we really understand that there is no room for hatred and bigotry, so the students decided that they had to make their point this morning.”
The protest, however, had little effect as the school district sent out a notice that stated its “unwavering” commitment to teach “tolerance, acceptance and compassion for others.”
On the cult church’s website, they claimed that the Santa Monica High School kids have learned that it is OK to accept gays and be gay, and that the adults in the students’ lives have taught that they can accept this “sin” and still go the Heaven. The WBC, rather, contends that this is sending them “straight to hell”
The cult also visited three churches in Malibu before protesting the Academy Awards.
“From what I’ve read it’s a misnomer that they’re a church,” Greg Hughes, pastor of Malibu Presbyterian Church, told the Malibu Times. “It’s more a law firm trying to bait people into getting into a fight and then they sue folks. That’s what I’ve read anyways. So we’ve kind of alerted our folks not to engage them in argumentation.”
Source: Daily News