Ralliers counter hate

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Ralliers counter hate

Students, community deliver own message to fringe church
Athena Gundlach, left, hugs Michelle Manygoats, right, while they listen to speakers at Fort Lewis College’s Ray Dennison Memorial Field on Tuesday where students, faculty, administrators and community members gathered to be part of a peace rally in response to the scheduled picket from members of Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Fred Phelps Sr. No Westboro church members appeared for the picket, which was intended to speak out against the college’s screening of the documentary “Anatomy of Hate.”
Fort Lewis College sophomore psychology major Ben Baroch, left, and sophomore education major Ryan Flaherty wave flags in front of more than 1,400 people at the FLC Ray Dennison Memorial Field on Tuesday. Students, faculty, administrators and the Durango cimmunity gathered to be part of a peace rally in response to the scheduled picket from members of the Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Fred Phelps Sr.
Fort Lewis College President Dene Kay Thomas, left, speaks as studentbody Vice President Laura Beth Waltz, center left, and President Alray Nelson, center right, gesture to a crowd of more than 1,000 people who gathered at FLC Ray Dennison Memorial Field on Tuesday to protest the scheduled appearance of members of the Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Fred Phelps Sr. FLC freshman Ronnie Toplyn holds a gay pride flag.
Fort Lewis College senior Lisa Mullins holds her sign that counteracts the hate messages from Westboro Baptist Church and its leader Fred Phelps Sr. The church had advertised a protest at the campus Tuesday in response to a screening of the documentary “Anatomy of Hate”.
Durango Mayor Michael Rendon talks to a crowd of more than 1,000 people assembled at the Fort Lewis College Ray Dennis Memorial Field on Tuesday to protest the scheduled appearance of members of the Westboro Baptist Church and its leader, Fred Phelps Sr. The crowd of students, faculty, and other members of the community was also there to show support for FLC student body President Alray Nelson, who is openly gay.
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