Protesters Target Mormon Temple in Westwood

Jim Burroway

November 6th, 2008

A crowd of protesters, variously estimated at between 500 to 3,000 strong, gathered outside the Mormon temple on Santa Monica Boulevard in Westwood, CA to protest the church’s involvement in Tuesday’s passage of Proposition 9.

The protest began at about 2 p.m., as people stood in front of the temple, waving banners and screaming “Shame on you” to church members behind the temple’s gates. Police closed portions of Westwood Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard around the temple, leading to massive traffic jams.

There were reports of more protests near the UCLA campus, in which protesters sat down in the middle of Wilshire Boulevard. Another protest is expected at the Los Angeles Federal Building, with possibly additional protests continuing on into the night.

This follows a night of protests in Hollywood and West Hollywood, where thousands of protesters effectively shut down Santa Monica Boulevard. The massive protest caught L.A. police off guard, requiring them to call a tactical alert. At least seven people were arrested. Television cameras caught one protester being struck by batons.

Joel

November 7th, 2008

As a former active christian i can assure you that the more you ‘shame on you’ them the louder their cries of “HALELUYA, God’s will has been done” will be. Mormons have a pretty straight-forward track record for changing their stances on different issues(polygamy, blacks…)

The only thing this actually does is point the finger so ppl know WHO was the adamant and leading opposer of same-sex marriage.

Pomo

November 7th, 2008

We had a peaceful protest around the state capital as well. About 1000 people showed up. Unfortunately so did the damned russians with their signs and hateful shouts. But police kept them away as we surrounded the capital building with our candles and signs.

I hope this keeps up.

Trevor

November 7th, 2008

Keep it up folks. The worst thing for the movement at this point would be protest fatigue.

Suricou Raven

November 8th, 2008

The FRC email reported on this too.

But they didn’t use the word ‘protest’ anywhere. They called it a ‘riot.’

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