A threat to protest Dutchtown High School’s production of “The Laramie Project” by anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church became in turns a conversation about religion, a shouting match, and an occasional sing-along.
No one from Westboro actually showed up Thursday night, as scheduled on the Topeka, Kan., church’s “picket list.”
One protester, Anthony Battaglia from First Baptist Church in Gonzales, wound up facing a crowd of about 500 counter-protesters alone.
[full story at The Baton Rouge Advocate]
There are several interesting things going on here:
- Someone in Geismar, Louisiana chose to mount a production of The Laramie Project, a play about the brutal, homophobia-fueled murder of Matthew Shepard.
- The someone who chose to mount that production works in a high school.
- School administrators approved the project.
- Only one person from southern Louisiana (out of a potential 3.14 gazillion) showed up to protest the production.
- The student body seems fairly unanimous in its support of the production.
- But most importantly: read the comments on that story. Is it just me, or are they shockingly sensible and fairly well-written? Sure, there are a couple of posts by the God Squad, but unless my eyes deceive me, even those people seem to understand the concept of subject/verb agreement. Compare that to almost any stream of comments you might read on NOLA.com, and you’ll see some obvious differences.