"...to show His wrath, God has killed Matthew Sheperd."
That's the belief of Fred Phleps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, which has organized a protest of North Central High School's production of "The Laramie Project," an oft-staged play that tells of the impact that the brutal murder of Shepard had on his town.
FYI: Phelps gained national attention by demonstrating at Shepard's funeral. His group maintains such websites as godhatesfags.com, jewskilledjewsus.com and priestsrapeboys.com.
The question arising in Indy is how to counter a group that loves publicity.Many are asking that there not be counter-protests at North Central High School and the Jewish Community Center (also a target for Phelp's group).
My suggestion: Go see the play. "The Laramie Project" opens tonight at 7, with additional performances Friday and Saturday. Tickets are only $7. A full house will send a message.