Josef Miles, 9, was inspired to take a stand against the independent church known for its objection to homosexuality after watching Westboro protestors at the Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.
The boy stood alongside the picketers who waved signs with messages like 'Too late to pray' with his cheery message on Saturday.
|Josef Miles, 9, decided to counter protest a Westboro Baptist Church picket line in Topeka, Kansas with his sign, 'God hates no one'|
Josef had been walking around the campus of the university as students celebrated graduation day.
He was visiting the school with his mother, Patty Akrouche.
They came across the line of protestors from the church based in the city.
Its members typically show up at funerals of American soldiers and of gay people who died from murder or disease.
The boy asked his mother if he could come up with his own sign.
He used a small sketchpad an scribbled his message on it using pencil.
Then he decided to stand across from the picket line and hold out his sign.
|The boy decided to take a stand against the group known for strongly opposing gays after reading some of their signs (file photo)|
A snapped photograph shows the boy holding out his sign as Westboro protestors clutch posters that attach hate speech to God.
The church is largely considered a hate group for its messages and protests at sensitive events.
It is led by Fred Phelps and several of his family members.
The group often claims that acts of murder and other tragedies is God's response to people's tolerance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights