Westboro Baptist Church http://wamc.org en "Banished" by Lauren Drain http://wamc.org/post/banished-lauren-drain <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>You've likely heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Perhaps you've seen their pickets on the news, the members holding signs with offensive messages, protesting at events such as the funerals of soldiers, the 9-year old victim of the recent Tucson shooting, and Elizabeth Edwards, all in front of their grieving families.</p><p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59048 at http://wamc.org "Banished" by Lauren Drain Westboro Picket of Vassar Draws a Large Crowd http://wamc.org/post/westboro-picket-vassar-draws-large-crowd <p>Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church members picketed Vassar College Thursday, condemning the school for embracing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student community. Upwards of one-thousand counter-protestors gathered on the Town of Poughkeepsie campus, to affirm social justice and denounce hatred.</p><p>Amanda Moody is a junior at Vassar. She participated in the counter-protest, as did her mother, father, and younger brother.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 17:58:24 +0000 Allison Dunne 58906 at http://wamc.org Westboro Picket of Vassar Draws a Large Crowd Vassar College celebrates diversity http://wamc.org/post/vassar-college-celebrates-diversity <p>TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE – Hundreds of Vassar College students, intent on celebrating diversity, overwhelmed a brief protest by the hate-monger group Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS. A small group of church members came to the Mid-Hudson Valley Thursday with plans to protest at the West Point funeral of Gen. Normal Schwarzkopf as well as picket a Vassar College in Poughkeepsie.</p><p>They got nowhere near the Schwarzkopf funeral.</p><p>The college protest was aimed at damning the school for its inclusion of gay students.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Hank Gross 58863 at http://wamc.org Vassar College celebrates diversity Pastor Delivers Keynote Address at Vassar Counter-Protest http://wamc.org/post/pastor-delivers-keynote-address-vassar-counter-protest <p>Westboro Baptist Church members picketed two Hudson Valley locations Thursday. Member of the Kansas-based Church picket military funerals, college, and other places they say promote a gay agenda.</p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:47:49 +0000 Allison Dunne 58864 at http://wamc.org Pastor Delivers Keynote Address at Vassar Counter-Protest Westboro Church Plans Pickets at West Point, Vassar http://wamc.org/post/westboro-church-plans-pickets-west-point-vassar <p></p><p>Westboro Baptist Church members have two pickets planned for today in the Hudson Valley - one on each side of the Hudson River. The anti-gay Church established by Pastor Fred Phelps is known for its pickets of military funerals and liberal-arts colleges.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:33:43 +0000 Allison Dunne 58774 at http://wamc.org Westboro Church Plans Pickets at West Point, Vassar