The Topeka, Kansas-based group made the trip ostensibly to protest at the memorial services for Rev. Robert Schuller, founder of the Crystal Cathedral, in Garden Grove; but they stopped by Anaheim High school as a sort of warm up. Why the animosity for the late Rev. Schuller was not clear; even less clear was why they chose to appear at Anaheim High School.
But what happened at Anaheim High was no doubt not what the WBC was expecting. Under the watchful eyes of a dozen or so Anaheim Police Department officers (NOT, by the way, in riot gear), the dozen or so WBC protesters were met with 150-200 counter protesters.
This crowd of enthusiastic, friendly people came to show the WBC people that tolerance was stronger than hate. The group was made up of clergy, most in uniform; lay folks (I was there with Interfaith Witnesses), LGBT people, students of the school, and local residents. We lined both sides of the busy street in front of the school, holding signs with messages ranging from affirmative (God Loves Us All) to theologically whimsical (Jesus Had 2 Dads), to outright mocking (God Hates Figs)–Matthew 21:19, in case it slipped your mind.
Sometimes the good guys win.