Instead of coarse condemnations, cheers and honks blared outside of Granite Bay High School Friday with one message in mind.
” I wanna show that God and Jesus Christ is about love. There is no place in religion for hate,” Rocklin resident Riley Albers said.
Opening night ticket holders for Granite Bay High School’s production of “The Laramie Project,” didn’t find hate spewing at them from members of the Westboro Baptist Church as promised.
They were welcomed with a wave of warmth from the Love is Love movement.
“If it makes a difference to that one person who’s driving by who sees our signs and sees our messages of love, then that’s what matters,” Beverly, co-director of Love is Love, said.
“We said from the beginning it wasn’t going to distract us from putting on a show,” play director Kyle Holmes said.
The entire script for the play is based-on interviews done around Laramie, Wyoming in the wake of Matthew Shepard’s 1998 murder.
The college student was tortured, tied to a fence and left to die by two men because he was gay.
On-line messages indicated that Westboro, the infamously anti-gay Kansas church, would send members to Granite Bay to protest the play’s focus on tolerance for all.
But only one person turned up with a negative as school let out.
Students on campus can’t imagine how Westboro or any other group can oppose human understanding.
” It honestly just like shows that we’re all equal and that’s the only thing that they’re trying to show people,” said sophomore Cassidi Fairbanks about the play.
“Westboro baptist church is a diminishing organization. People don’t believe in that kind of hate on a large scale anymore,” said Lydian Countryman with American River College Fierce.
In the end, the scene Westboro helped write in Granite Bay had much more to do with acceptance than acrimony.