Today, members of the extremist Kansas-based Westboro Baptist ChurchÂ ended their two-day tour of hate in New Jersey.Â WBC (the God hates Fags & Jews people) added a new slogan to their platform just for their visit to the East Coast â€“ â€œGod Hates New Joisee, U Heard?â€.Â Seriously?Â These crazies have spent the last two days spewing their hatred of everything liberal and/or Jewish in the Garden State. Yesterday, they picketed the ADL, JCCs, Federation etc and today they were in front of New Brunswick High School and Rutgers Hillel, among other sites.Â To Rutgers Hillelâ€™s credit, they didnâ€™t take the news of the impending picket line lying down. They organized a counter protest, Rutgers United Against Hate Â to show WBC that you donâ€™t mess with New Jersey.Â Â Counter protest attendees were asked to wear scarlet, the schoolâ€™s color, to show solidarity. In response, a WBC spokesperson said: â€œWe’ll also be putting on our red. You know what, I happen to have a nice red sweatshirt that says “Jews Killed Jesus.” Â You can always expect classy style from Middle America.Â
SoÂ mazel tov to Rutgers Hillel and the greater Rutgers community for their successful, peaceful counter-protest. Â More than 1200 people stood out in the rain today to show up the 6 person contingent from Westboro Baptist Church. It seems that the extremists were expecting Dirty Jersey;violent outbursts like from Teresa of Real Housewives fame, aggressive behavior like from Tony Soprano, maybe. Â But Rutgers delivered their response with singing, readings and cheering for peace and love. RU Rah Rah indeed.