To Georgetown students, George Washington University is a neighboring university and an opponent on the winter battlefield.
To the members of the Westboro Baptist Church—a Kansas-based hate mongering extremist group run by Fred Phelps—however, GW brings to mind the phrase “God-hating heathens.”
According to the group’s website, the WBC will be in Foggy Bottom on the morning of November 11th—Veteran’s Day—to “remind this nation that this next generation of young people have been raised for the devil himself.” Afterward, the group plans to protest at Arlington National Cemetery.
The GW Patriot, a non-partisan student blog, decided not to idly stand by when they found out about the scheduled protest. Last Friday, the Patriot announced that they will lead a counter protest during the WBC’s picketing. The counter protest’s Facebook event prominently notes that their event will be non-violent to “show WBC the meaning of sane, rational discourse.”
“If there’s one thing that unites the entire political spectrum—liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans—it’s opposition to the extreme beliefs Westboro preaches,” the event listing says.
Photo: Flickr user “burstein“
h/t GW Hatchet