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Houston UUs vs Westboro: Love Wins

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church came to Houston, Texas protesting – as quoted  on the KHOU-TV website,“‘This Mayor Annise Parker, whatever her name is, is an out of the closet lesbian. She is a spectacle and she has attention all over the country. So we are gonna say our part, said Marc Hill of Westboro.” KHOU reported the Westboro protesters were met by members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, who answered Westboro’s message of hate in force, reporting, “‘We are singing in the light of love!’ sang another group about twice the size of the Westboro group.

A Progressive Voice in the Public Square

And when KHOU 11 News political expert Bob Stein, opines,”It is incongruent with what people think about Texas. Houston [sic] biggest city in the state of Texas that is oil and gas country, conservative Republican. How could they elect a gay mayor? A woman mayor?” First UU Church of Houston Rev. Angela Henderson (echoing the call of Paul Rasor’s new  has an answer for him as well, “We did not show up because of them. We showed up because a progressive voice needs to be heard,” she said.

Learn how to take back the public square: Read the 2014-2015 UUA Common Read, “Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor.

Watch the KHOU-TV report of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston responding to Westboro Baptist Church.







About the Author

Ted Resnikoff is the Digital Communications Editor at the Unitarian Universalist Association.
2 Responses to “Houston UUs vs Westboro: Love Wins”
  1. Katy Carpman says:

    Hi, Ted!

    The group above is UU Voice For Justice (UUV4J), a collaborative effort of all Houston-area congregations. You can learn more about the group at http://uuhouston.org/uuv4j .

  2. Rev. Angela Henderson says:

    Thank you for your article!

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