The Wesboro Baptist Church arrived at Vassar College, as promised, and protested what they believe to be the college's “pro-gay” stance. It was reported on March 1 by IVN that Vassar College showed up in full force to stand up against the Westboro Baptist Church.
Thousands of students, faculty, alumni, parents and members of the community showed up as a counter-protest against the Westboro Baptist Church. They had organized speeches, a parade, musical performances and a human chain around a building on campus.
Westboro Baptist Church barely showed up. Only four members of the alleged hate group. It was reported that those four members “half-heartedly” protested Vassar College, the college the Phelps family has labeled an “Ivy League whorehouse.” The Westboro Baptist Church left the Ivy League whorehouse in less than 20 minutes.
Despite all the threats Westboro Baptist Church makes, their past several protests have been weak. Only a few members have shown up and the protests, if one can call them that, lasted only a few minutes. Those who oppose the Westboro Baptist Church can hope that its members are losing steam and slowly getting out of the protesting business.
Protests are, indeed, a business for the Phelps family and the Westboro Baptist Church. The majority of the funds the Westboro Baptist Church uses to pay for their protests are from lawsuits. Several members of the Phelps family, including founder Fred Phelps, are disbarred attorneys who will sue anyone they believe are trying to stop them from exercising their rights as American citizens.