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Hundreds of counter protesters turned out in Hastings on Sunday to drown out Fred Phelps of God Hates Fags fame, but the controversial pastor and his minions never showed. Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church had threatened to protest a Hastings High School production of the Laramie Project, a play about the murder of Matthew Shepard.

The Hastings Gazette notes that hundreds of LGBT people and allies showed up for a peaceful protest of Phelps, but the church never showed up.

One attendee captured some of the protest on his phone’s video camera.

There were plenty of signs:

The Minnesota Atheists were on hand:

The protesters played “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga:

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