Not in our school

A Gunn High School teacher got wind of Westboro Baptist Church’s plan to picket Bay Area schools. The “church” is the virulent anti-gay movement headquartered in Kansas and headed by extremist Fred Phelps. Their Web site is so hate filled I’m not even going to link it here. Look it up if you want to see the ugly face of unreasoning fear.

But this post is not about WBC. It’s about beautiful, loving teenagers who demonstrated for love. Gunn High School is one of many in the States with a Gay-Straight Alliance. We don’t hear much about these organizations on the northern side of the border. We do hear a lot about the craziness that hits the news and colors Canadian views of America.

So for this hyphenated Canadian, news of dozens of teenagers holding signs in support of their gay and lesbian friends is as welcome a slice of cold watermelon on a hot day.

Their story is only one of many that brought tears to my eyes on the Working Group Web site. Here’s another one, with winged “angels” walking silently in support of love and tolerance.

Student Council leaders at West Middle School in Rockford, Illinois, created a skit to poke fun at stereotypes and counter them with truth.

Hatred, stereotyping, intolerance – these are nothing new. But they can be kept in control if enough people speak out the way these young people are doing.

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3 comments for “Not in our school

  1. May 12, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Wow, I heard about these WBC people recently – I can’t believe that people are so miserable and hate-filled and intolerant. Their hate poisons them and they can’t possibly be having happy lives. Maybe we should feel sorry for them.

  2. May 12, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps, has lived in Canada for the last few years. He is estranged from his father and is speaking out against his family’s rage. The good news is that the Westboro group is down to about a hundred people, most of them family members. Those who oppose their brand of hatred always outnumber them when they picket.

  3. Michelle
    May 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    So wonderful to see such support from all ages for their communities. The young people coming forward are going to shape the future so it’s heart warming to see them taking a stand against any kind of hate.

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