MTV television cameras, Fred Phelps, his funeral-picketing Westboro Church and Kansas' largest gay-rights group are all scheduled to come together in Meade on Sunday.
In case anyone hasn't been paying attention, Meade is the town of 1,600 in southwestern Kansas that made the news after the owners of the local Lakeway Hotel were harassed for flying the rainbow flag. A symbol of gay rights, the flag was first cut down and stolen and then a brick with the word "fag" on it was thrown through the hotel window. Another brick with the words "get the fuck out of town" was found outside the hotel.
Tomorrow may well mark the peak of the events in town.
The Wichita Eagle reports:
Meade Police Chief Loren Borger said several extra law enforcement officers, including 16 Kansas Highway Patrol troopers, will be on duty Sunday because of the protests.The Hutchinson News explains Phelps' motivation as best as anyone can.
Members of the Topeka-based Westboro Church are targeting churches here because they say they are somehow culpable for allowing the rainbow flag to be flown in town.Here is a schedule of tomorrow's events in Meade.
10 a.m - Phelps and group picket the five churches in Meade. As much as I hate to send anyone to Phelps' site, he does have a detailed schedule up of Westboro's planned picketing in Meade.
1 - 3 p.m. - Kansas Equality Coalition statewide board meets at the Lakeway Hotel. The Equality Coalition site has more details on the meeting.
In This Moment's past postings on what has most definitely become a saga, include:
What's really happening in Meade, Kansas
A small-town solution to Kansas vandalism & some revolutionary good news
"It's ruined the city of Meade," but then again, maybe not
Despite broken window and threats, hotel's flag is still flying
Kansas Equality Coalition condemns incident at Lakeway Hotel
Block hurled through window of Kansas hotel