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Local natives make impact at USD

Published 04/20/2011, The Daily Republic

When Shea Smith heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was mounting a protest in Vermillion, she decided to do something about it. The church has become infamous nationally for its protests at soldiers’ funerals, where church members have said God is punishing the United States for its acceptance of homosexuality. The church’s Vermillion event was not in connection with a funeral and was apparently staged as a publicity stunt.

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