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Westboro Baptist to Picket MRH Play on Homosexuality and Tolerance

The Maplewood Richmond Heights High School theater department is putting on the play, 'The Laramie Project.'

Members of The Westboro Baptist Church, from Topeka, KS, are planning to picket the Maplewood Richmond Heights theater production of The Laramie Project, on Saturday.

The play is about the reaction, in Laramie, WY, to the murder of Matthew Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student in 1998.

The protest is planned from 1:15 to 2:00 p.m., before the 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, Oct. 20. The play’s opening night is Thursday (tonight) at 7:00.

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MRH Director of Communications Brian Adkisson said he was told there would be approximately eight picketers around the south end of Martini Avenue.

“They’ll have signs with very inflammatory slogans,” Adkisson said. “They traditionally will sing. They really kind of stick to themselves because they don’t want to necessarily cause a scene.”

He said he doesn’t know if there will be a counter-protest, but if it happens he hopes it will be peaceful and respectful.

MRH Superintendent Karen Hall, in an email to families today, said the school is working with the Maplewood Police Department to maintain a safe environment.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church protested homosexuality at Clayton High School last February. They have protested against homosexuality nationally, including at the funeral of a reportedly gay U.S. military member.

Read more about the Westboro Baptist protest at Clayton.

  • Westboro Protest: Complete Clayton Coverage
  • Westboro Response Detailed by Clayton High School
  • Replay: Westboro Baptist Church Protests in Clayton and St. Peters
  • Westboro Baptist Church Schedules Clayton High School Protest
  • VIDEO: Westboro Baptist Church Protests at Clayton High School
  • Westboro-Clayton Reactions: 'It Must Be a Hoax'
Anne Cummings October 19, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Here's info about our silent, peaceful counter protest. Our goal is to the support the MRH High School students. "No Bullies In Our Schoolyard!" https://www.facebook.com/events/396562613750949/396681470405730/?notif_t=event_mall_reply
Jackie Swinnie October 19, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Jackie class of 64 Why can't the protesters find something better to do with their lives???? Such as acts of kindness, Helping the poor or disabled or so many other GOOD causes. The money they spend traveling could be used to help serve the people in their own community. This can't be a Church of God.
Katie Stevenson October 19, 2012 at 12:08 PM
There will be a counter peaceful protest at the school, it starts at 12:30 and ends at 2. There are rules listed on the district website that will need to be followed (http://www.mrhsd.org/) and I encourage everyone to come out a protest with us and see the play that the students and teachers have been working very hard on.
Matt Miofsky October 19, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thanks Steve. We at The Gathering also want the community to know that we stand against WBC protests and with those who peacefully counter protest. I wrote about this on my fb page http://www.facebook.com/miofsky and @mmiofsky on twitter.
Jan Thompson October 19, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I was raised at MBC and in the M-RH school system. My parents (Louis and Laura Brandt) were very active in both. They would be grateful to Rev. Moseley for his statement and to the alumni and current students and the school district for everything being done to foster tolerance and understanding in the community. And, because they raised me right, I agree.

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