Westboro Baptist Church know they’re hated, but they were never expecting what happened at one protest.
Four members from the Kansas-based ‘God Hates Fags’ hate group wished to protest at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Carnegie Mellon allows trans people to use the bathroom of gender they identify as, and also has non-gendered restrooms availble.
In response to the hate group, hundreds of counter-protestors fought back drowning out the church’s hate with chants, drums, and bagpipes.
Victor Tavarez, from the university’s Social Impact Coalition, encouraged attendees to ignore what the hate group were saying.
‘They’re trying to get you mad, they’re trying to get you upset,’ Tavarez said.
‘So let’s avoid that. Let’s show all of CMU that we care about one another.’
Pittsburgh Police officers stood around the Westboro group, not allowing interaction between them and counter-protestors.
Me and the wifey at the Westboro Baptist Church counterprotest in Pittsburgh today. Let’s just put it this way… Pittsburgh wasn’t having it. The city showed up for love. Shirley Phelps and the rest of the clan couldn’t handle the rain. ☔ They packed up and left early. #lovewins #fuckwestboro #godhateswbc #pittsburgh #412 #pghdoesnotcondoneyourhate #transpride #translivesmatter #transgender
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There were no clashes at the event.
Ben Kaplan, who was handing out flyers that said ‘God Hates Figs’, said he was happy to see the university fight back.
Westboro counter-protestor: ‘I knew we would overwhelm them significantly.’
‘It’s okay, they’re allowed to protest,’ Kaplan told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
‘But I knew we would overwhelm them significantly.’
While the Westboro Baptist Church had planned to protest in other schools in Pittsburgh, it seems this counter-protest may have put them off.
They were scheduled to appear at the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University, but it turns out they never turned up.