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  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  [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,  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.

Mali Spaner March 14, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Thank you Motor Cycle Clubs for your tremendous showing yesterday at Glen Burnie High School.I was there myself and was enjoying along with many others,your Revving of bikes in front of protesters. Thank You All!
Carl J. Galler March 14, 2012 at 10:46 PM
It was our honor and pleasure! Diesel VP. MCV


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