INFORUM.com | WDAZ.com

WDAY: The News Leader

Published March 23, 2014, 12:12 PM

Two different sides to the protest at Lorde concert

Kansas City, KS - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church staged a protest Friday at Lorde's concert in Saint Louis, Missouri.

By: CNN Staff, WDAY

Kansas City, KS - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church staged a protest Friday at Lorde's concert in Saint Louis, Missouri.

The church has protested at many concerts and military funerals over the years but, this was the first protest since the death of the church's pastor.

Two very different messages standing side by side.

On one end, members of the Westboro Baptist Church holding the same signs they've taken to nearly 53,000 events.

Protester: "If people are forced to stare at that they should have the option to have something good to look at."

Tonight, however, is a sign never held before at one of their protests.

It reads ‘sorry for your loss’ referring to the church's former pastor’s death earlier this week.

Megan Coleman helped make the sign.

Megan Coleman/ Protester: "We realized that it wasn't so much about antagonizing them but sending out the countered message that we are here for people who need that message and need that positivity."

Yet, the message did nothing for Steve Drain, a longtime Westboro Baptist member.

Steve Drain/ Protester: "I don't even know what they mean by what they're saying."

Yet, Coleman has noticed a direct result from protests on both sides.

Coleman: “It still does kind of bring other people together and so I think it's kind of counterproductive on that end."

Tags: