Photos of the Day: MCV at Westboro Baptist Counter-Protest
The motorcycle club, with members from Owings Mills and Reisterstown, rode to Glen Burnie Tuesday afternoon, when members of the Westboro Baptist Church were protesting outside of Glen Burnie High School.
More than 200 people gathered Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard and Kuethe Road to send one message: unity.
The crowds gathered near Glen Burnie High School shouting "thanks for bringing us together" as they counterprotested three Westboro Baptist Church members, a group best known for its anti-gay protests.
Westboro members said their purpose was to warn the students and school community to stop "rebelling against God."
"We're here because of the teacher [Jeffrey Robert] Sears [Jr]. God sent the pervert. This is a nation of perverts," Westboro member Shirley Phelps-Roper said.
Sears, 30, of the 400 block of Luther Road in Glen Burnie, faces 13 sex-related charges, including three counts of sex abuse of a minor. His trial is scheduled for April 17 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court.
"And the board member was on the news saying, 'These charges just make me sick to my stomach.' Why?" Phelps-Roper said. "You've taught these children, these young ladies, to be proud whores."
But counterprotesters chanted about love, respect and honor—as well as telling the Westboro members they were not welcome in Glen Burnie.