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Coming To A High School Near You

In this Oct. 31, 2007, AP file photo, Margie M. Phelps, left, stands with her husband Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., and her daughter Margie J. Phelps during a demonstration outside the federal courthouse in Baltimore, Md.

Spokane and Coeur d’Alene have been targeted by the Westboro Baptist Church for a two-day blitz of protests and rallies at area high schools, colleges and several religious institutions later this month.The church, known for protesting military funerals with outrageous posters that claim everything from “God Hates America” to “Thank God for IEDs” and “Thank God For Dead Soldiers”, is planning a two-day blitz through the Inland Northwest October 21-22 with a series of 30-minute protests.The targets of the church’s protests include Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University and Whitworth University; local high schools including Rodgers High School and both Coeur d’Alene high schoolsl; and Spokane synagogue Chavurat HaMashiach/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here.

Question: Is it best to ignore these hatemongers? Or stage a counter-protest?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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