(January 31, 2010) Hundreds of students of all backgrounds drowned out Westboro Baptist Church's message of hatred last week when the anti-Jewish, anti-Gay group protested in front of the Taube Hillel House at Stanford University and the nearby Gunn High School which suffered the loss ofÂ five studentsÂ to suicide this year.
At Stanford, Hillel organized a rally under the banner "Stanford United," bringing together students in support of tolerance and mutual respect. Hundreds of students participated in the demonstration, including the Stanford Marching Band and Stanford's Tree mascot. A bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" on the steps of the Hillel building. The Talisman a cappella group led the crowd in singing "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer," and other songs of freedom.
The events were documented in writing and multi-media by the San Jose Mercury News