Half a dozen Westboro Baptist Church members protested outside Yeshiva University Monday, holding signs that proclaimed the Jews killed Jesus.
The Westboro Baptist Church @WBCFliers visited Yeshiva University @YUNews this morning. pic.twitter.com/KfOC9AyO2h— Simone Somekh (@simonsays101) March 27, 2017
Westboro Baptist Church is based in Topeka, Kansas and is known for its virulent speech against Jews, Muslims, gays and others. Its website is GodHatesFags.com. The protest was part of the church’s “God Hates Your Idols Preaching Tour.”
The church members sang, “wrath will soon pour on you, for your harmful sins, your great affliction, it will soon begin.” They set the words to the tune of the Israeli national anthem.
Some 25 Yeshiva University students held a counter protest, holding signs reading “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
A group of @YUNews students, alumni and friends held a counter-protest against the Westboro Baptist Church this morning. #lgbtq#jewish#wbcpic.twitter.com/7me8A83fRh— Simone Somekh (@simonsays101) March 27, 2017
The church’s next stop is the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Arizona, where members plan to picket the Final Four as “pagan idolatry.”
Simone Somekh was born and raised in Turin, Italy. He has worked with publications based in Milan, Jerusalem, Tokyo, Berlin and New York. He is currently pursuing an M.A. degree in Journalism and European & Mediterranean Studies at New York University. Follow him on twitter: @simonsays101
Westboro Baptist Church Protests At Yeshiva University With ‘Jews Killed Jesus’ Signs