Hundreds Plan To Rally Against Westboro Baptist Church - ABC FOX MONTANA NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS - KTMF/KWYB

Hundreds Plan To Rally Against Westboro Baptist Church

Posted: Updated:
BOZEMAN -

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church will be in Bozeman Monday bringing their anti-gay message.

Many groups in Bozeman are organizing counter protests and rallies.

More than a hundred people plan to attend counter protests to the Westboro Baptist Church Monday at Montana State University and Bozeman High School.

The group said they will be protesting in Bozeman because local schools are not preparing students for the Day of Judgment and the community is receptive to homosexuality.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Montana is the latest group to announce efforts to counter the Westboro Baptist Church.

A.C.L.U. L.G.B.T. Activist Coordinator Liz Welch said they hope to counter the negativity usually associated with the Westboro Baptist Church.

"What we are trying to focus on is not the sideshow circus the Westboro Baptist Church is bringing to Bozeman, but actually all the really good work that is going on in the community that is positive for the L.G.B.T. community," said Welch.

The A.C.L.U. will hold a pre-protest meeting on Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Labor Temple, a day before the Westboro Baptist Church gets to Bozeman.

"Teaching people how not to engage with them or to de-escalate the high tension that usually comes out of situations like this," said Welch. "We will be doing a sign event were people can make positive loving supporting signs."

The A.C.L.U. will be on Centennial Mall Monday holding its Rally for Inclusion.

There will be speakers there from Bozeman's faith community showing support for the L.G.B.T. community.

The A.C.L.U.'s Allied March of Support will start at M.S.U., through surrounding neighborhoods and ending at Cooper Park with an ice cream social.

Bozeman resident Layla Turman said events like these show Bozeman is made up with many different points of view.

"I think it shows we are a community with a lot of beliefs," said Turman. "They are welcome to come here and speak their minds and I'm glad we have people on both sides."

The A.C.L.U. said they don't plan for an official rally at the high school, but they know some members of the community will be there.

Other official groups organizing counter events are the Green Coalition of Gay Loggers for Jesus and the Associated Students of Montana State University.

The Westboro Baptist Church plans to hold protests Monday at M.S.U. at 2:30 before going to Bozeman High School at 3:15.

  • Most Popular

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • SO GOOD: Montana Tech's Xavier Marsden

    SO GOOD: Montana Tech's Xavier Marsden

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-04-17 00:26:24 GMT
    Sophomore cornerback Xavier Marsden is from La Mirada California, right outside Los Angeles. The city boy says he loves being in Butte. "It's been good. Coming from a big city to a small town definitely
    Sophomore cornerback Xavier Marsden is from La Mirada California, right outside Los Angeles. The city boy says he loves being in Butte.
  • Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Former Griz Football Player Battles Cancer

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-08 23:00:04 GMT
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer. Former linebacker Cole Lockwood got his diagnosis just last week and is now recovering
    A former Griz football player prepares to take on different kind of physical challenge, after learning he has cancer.
  • Montana Tech Football Building Momentum

    Montana Tech Football Building Momentum

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:37 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:37:21 GMT
    The Oredigger football team only has a handful of practices remaining before the Spring Game. Head Coach Chuck Morrell says the energy is high. "I love the way we're operating tempo wise right now.
    The Oredigger football team only has a handful of practices remaining before the Spring Game. Head Coach Chuck Morrell says the energy is high. "I love the way we're operating tempo wise right now.
  • Fatal Crash on Frontage Road in Bozeman

    Fatal Crash on Frontage Road in Bozeman

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:27 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:27:10 GMT
    One person is dead, following a crash on Frontage Road in Bozeman on Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Frontage Road and Valley Center Road. ABC Fox Montana
    One person is dead, following a crash on Frontage Road in Bozeman on Wednesday afternoon. The crash happened shortly after 2 p.m. at the intersection of Frontage Road and Valley Center Road. ABC Fox Montana
  • Brewery Gets A Boost

    Brewery Gets A Boost

    Wednesday, April 2 2014 8:22 PM EDT2014-04-03 00:22:45 GMT
    The beer business is getting a boost over in Whitefish. The Great Northern Brewing Company just got 3 new 100-barrel fermenting tanks set up on Wednesday to the tune of nearly $250,000. Later
    The beer business is getting a boost over in Whitefish.
  • Ore-Diggers Defensive Line Preview

    Ore-Diggers Defensive Line Preview

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-04-12 03:48:16 GMT
    Jeff Eberle takes a closer look at the Montana Tech Defensive line, and how they expect to replace several key members
    Jeff Eberle takes a closer look at the Montana Tech Defensive line, and how they expect to replace several key members
  • Bigfoot Tracker Going On Tour With Captured Bigfoot

    Bigfoot Tracker Going On Tour With Captured Bigfoot

    Saturday, February 8 2014 6:59 PM EST2014-02-08 23:59:39 GMT
    PHOENIX, Arizona- Rick Dyer, a resident of Las Vegas says he killed an adult Bigfoot Near San Antonio back in September of 2012 and now he's taking the mythical creature's corpse on a international tour.Dyer is the self proclaimed "Best Bigfoot Tracker in the World".
    PHOENIX, Arizona- Rick Dyer, a resident of Las Vegas says he killed an adult Bigfoot Near San Antonio back in September of 2012 and now he's taking the mythical creature's corpse on a international tour.Dyer is the self proclaimed "Best Bigfoot Tracker in the World".
  • Panel Discussion Kicks off Prescription Drug Awareness Week

    Panel Discussion Kicks off Prescription Drug Awareness Week

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-04-16 00:29:45 GMT
    Experts said prescription drug misuse is one of the biggest healthcare problems in the U.S. today. Mayor John Engen and county commissioners hosted a panel discussion on Tuesday, kicking off Missoula's
    Experts said prescription drug misuse is one of the biggest healthcare problems in the U.S. today.
Powered by WorldNow

Features

  • More Features
  • Powered by WorldNow
    All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and Cowles Montana Media. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.