Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Whatcha doing this weekend, New Yorkers?
Thanks to the Rockland County Young Democrats for letting me know that my hometown newspaper, the Rockland Journal News reported on this today:
Members of the Kansas-based controversial Westboro Baptist Church, founded by America's most notorious anti-gay activist Reverend Fred Phelps, will protest outside of Nyack High School on Saturday from 7:15 - 8pm, directly preceding a student performance of the off-Broadway play "The Laramie Project." The play is about Matthew Shepard, a 21-year-old University of Wyoming student who was assaulted and murdered in Laramie, Wyoming simply because he was gay.
The Journal news article said: it was unclear why Westboro singled out the Nyack production. Rye High School staged the play last month and several other Westchester County high schools, including Pelham, Harrison, Rye Country Day, Croton-Harmon, and The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, have performed it in recent years.
Please support the students and the community by going to see their performance of the play this weekend. Event details here.
When I saw this, it immediately reminded me of a similar activity that took place at Lowell High School here in San Francisco earlier this year. Turns out Westboro Baptist Church was at the center of that one, too. Apparently the Westboro Baptist Church members are also anti-Semitic.
I would not even favor them with a blog post, except that I really like Lowell's response; plus, I wanted to put in a good word for the Nyack performance this weekend:) If you see it, then let me know how it is!