Thursday, May 17, 2012

Nine-Year-Old's Protest Against "God Hates Fags" Church


There's something wrong with The Bible Belt.


A mother was filled with pride when her young son mounted a quiet counter-protest against picketers from the Westboro Baptist Church over the weekend, theAugusta Chronicle reports.

Nine-year-old Josef Miles and his mother, Patty Akrouche, were walking around the Washburn University campus in Topeka, Kan., on Saturday when they saw a group of Westboro Baptist Church protesters armed with signs.
The Church is infamous for using pickets with phrases like "God hates fags" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."
After reading some of the signs on display, Akrouche said that Miles asked her if he could create one of his own.
Using a small sketch pad, he wrote out his message in pencil and held it out while he stood across from the picket line.
"GOD HATES NO ONE," he wrote.
While describing the incident on her Facebook page, Akrouche said her son is "a wonderful young person [who she enjoys] learning from every day."
"He’s growing up to be a fine young man," Akrouche wrote. "I got my Mother’s Day gift a day early."
Described as a "homophobic and anti-Semitic hate group" by the Anti-Defamation League, the Westboro Baptist Church regularly stages protests around the country, which has included the picketing of funerals forAmerican servicemen and children.
Miles is not the only person who has been seen protesting the Church's rallies. Last year, BuzzFeed published a list of the 30 Best Anti-Westboro Baptist Church Protest Signs.
For more of The Huffington Post's coverage on the Westboro Baptist Church, click here.
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Jose Miles holds up a sign that reads "God Hates No One" as the Westboro Baptist Church protests at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. on Saturday, May 12, 2012.
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