of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, held a
pair of incident-free demonstrations in Sioux City Monday afternoon.
They were in town protesting the appointment of Scott Raasch to the Sioux City Human Rights Commission. Raasch is gay.
Just as they said they would, five sign toting members of the
controversial group gathered outside of Sioux City's
City Hall at 12:30 p.m. They were met by a about 50
counter-protestors who waived signs of their own.
"The faithless false clergy of this community has betrayed God by
teaching these young people God loves everybody and therefore sin all
you want," said Margi Phelps, member of the Westboro Baptist Church.
It's a scene that played out a second time, but with a lot more people,
along South Lakeport Street at Mayhew near East High School. That's
where, around 1:45 p.m., the Werstboro Bapptist Church members were met
by a crowd of some 200 opponents who also waived
signs and played pro-American themed music.
"I mean, the whole point is we're trying to promote love instead of
hate. There's no reason to be violent, you know? We just want to come
together and support each other," said Braden Albrecht, a Sioux City
Both protests lasted about 30 minutes and included a heavy, and very visible, police presence.
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