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Group to give WBC 'Silent Treatment'

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TUSCALOOSA - AL -

   The corner of Hackberry Lane and University Boulevard on the University of Alabama campus was extremely quiet Friday afternoon...perhaps a contrast to what it may be Saturday.   It's the location where the school is permitting the controversial Westboro Baptist Church to protest.

    "You've got dead people. Their blood is dripping off the hands of people in that city and that state," said WBC representative Shirley Phelps by phone.  Their main message surrounds the Tornado that hit the city two years ago.  WBC calls it a whipping from God for Tuscaloosa's sins.  "The Lord God sounded the trumpet when he sent the tornado to Tuscaloosa he sounded the trumpet in your ear."

   "That's not the God I know," responded Tyler Richards.  He has organized 'Silent Tide' made up of a specific groups that will counter protest.

    Richards is with the Canterbury Chapel just down from where WBC will be staged.  Other counter-protestors with signs will be just cross the street. But, Richard's group plans to just stand by quietly. "Our protest is more of a symbol to say we're unified and we're in this together."

    The protest is scheduled for Saturday at 12 noon until 12:30pm.

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