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Arts & Entertainment, etc. / Theater

'Laramie' lures protesters

September 24, 2009

"...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.

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