Westboro Baptist Church Protests Outside of Four Churches in California

    January 13, 2014
    Jasmine Allen
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The religious-crazed circus is at again with all their obnoxious antics and political beliefs.

Westboro Baptist Church was scheduled to protest at four churches in Glendale, Calif. on Sunday morning.

According to their website, the protests were to take place at Holy Family Catholic Community, Salem Lutheran Church and School,  St. Matthews Church, Glendale Presbyterian Church, and First United Methodist Church of Glendale.

More than anything, the church is very well known for their rude protests at military funerals. However, they also object to gay marriages, “fake Christians” and basically anything they consider to be a form of sin (fornication, divorce, adultery, etc.).

Since 1991, the group has conducted 51,934 protests, spewing its radical beliefs all across the country.

So, their most recent presence in Glendale was no different than any other attention-seeking demonstration they have conducted.

Hundreds of counter-protestors came out as well to defend their own beliefs.

In a report by Glendale News-Press, Pastor Kurt Christenson of Salem Lutheran responded to the protest with the theory that WBC is just built on pure anger instead of love.

“We know that the folks in Westboro are angry, and that comes out in hate…I think they’re angry at the way America seems to be going,” he said. “It’s not like it used to be…They’ve decided they don’t want to engage in conversation. They just want to yell and scream and protest. There is an opportunity to say at the end of the day that love is stronger than hate.”

However, at St. Matthews Church, Pastor Keith Banwart Jr associates the organization to a cult that enjoys harassing the LGBT community. His stance in the whole event was to support those who convey love, no matter what their sexual orientation may be.

“These people want to show that God’s love is bigger than the hate that may be displayed here this morning,” Pastor Banwart said.

Even throughout the demonstrations, church members were seen standing up for their church before removing themselves from the scene to attend service.

WBC was also scheduled to protest outside of the Golden Globe Awards Sunday afternoon.

It appears that their next upcoming stop includes picketing outside the home of Theresa Caputo, TV personality on TLC’s “Long Island Medium,” January 19.

Others also involve A&E’s Duck Dynasty in New York, George Strait at Sprint Center in Missouri, and Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey.

It’s like a never-ending story that won’t go away!

What are your thoughts?

Raw footage of the protest on Sunday:

A documentary about WBC:

Image via Wikimedia Commons

  • http://WestboroBaptistChurch MD Eaves

    Jesus says “love one another as I have loved you”. What this so called church is an abomination.

  • AW Arednt

    Was Christ teaching us to love one another when He turned the money tables over and made a whip for those who turned His Fathers House into a den of robbers? What if they were performing a same sex marriage in His Fathers House? Just wait and see if this country really does go down the way Westboro claims it will. Right methods or not,atleast they are warning people!!

    • Westboro is Fake

      Here is the hypocrisy of your statement. Everyone sins. Everyday. If you really read the bible, it is impossible not to sin. We do absolutely nothing Christ asks us to do —- especially in the United States.

      We incarcerate people for next to nothing. Destroy lives. Go to war. Kill innocent men, women, and children. If that isn’t enough we have killed 54 million babies in the womb. If you don’t think it is murder, go watch an abortion. I dare you.

      However, the Westboro people are just as big as sinners. They do nothing Christ asks of either and they cause so many problems.

      • AW Arednt

        First of all, God always gives plenty of warning and He uses whatever means He wants to. Also we who have Christ living in us can do all things through Christ who strengthens us,so I disagree that we do absolutely nothing Christ asks us to do. We can do nothing apart from him. I don’t like Westboros’ approach at all, but they have the guts to get out there and warn people and if the church is going to look the other way at same sex marriages this country could be headed for trouble. I think it is.

    • Jainey

      Galatians 6:1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.
      I agree that there are churches and people out there doing the wrong thing that need to be corrected. It doesn’t say anywhere in the Bible during the episode in the temple clearing what Jesus’ emotional state was. He very well could have just been making a point. To us, as sinful humans, we would be doing this out of pure anger and hatred but that was never Jesus’ attitude.
      I don’t believe these people are doing this out of the love of Jesus that we are taught to show, even though there is a lot of churches doing a lot of terrible things. They just end up giving Christianity a bad name because they are the ones causing negative controversy instead of showing what loving others could really look like.

      • AW Arednt

        The issues that they are addressing like sodomy and abortion have been taking over this nation for 40 years now.Restoring a brother or a sister with gentleness is not relevant to addressing a whole nation that’s going to hell in a ham basket. If Westboro church is doing it wrong then we need someone else that can SCREAM out this warning correctly! I think Christ was angry in the temple and I think He could warn this sleeping nation with any means He wants to use.

  • Casey

    Can we please stop giving these aholes media attention? They’re getting exactly what they want everytime there’s another story published about their antics. They thrive on negative attention just like a bunch of 3 year olds. And what do we do with unruly kids? We put them in the corner on time out. Please stop writing stories about them and ignore their behavior already!


    Do you wonder why people are getting away from religion? Well you don’t have to look far….these guys and gals a WBC are as good a reason that their is.They are a cult following,I wouldn’t be surprised if an alien spaceship picked them up any day now.

    • dave

      Why would the aliens want them to study humans??. Maybe the crazy and stupid ones,otherwise what a waste of time for the aliens !!

  • Sean

    Heres a questions that answers the stance that the westboro church is going to find on the day of judgement about where they truly stand in the eyes of God (goats)… If youre born again and have been saved for quite some time… if you can say with 100% certainty that you have abstained from sinning without once having to get on your knees and ask Jesus to forgive you…. and you got out and preach a gospel of sinless perfection How do you think you measure up to the unforgiving servant Matt 18:21-35? In 1st john 3:8 it say he who sins is of the devil which is something the supporters of this chuch im sure will highlight but why is the person in 1st john 3:8 of the devil,… and the person in 1st John 5:16 isnt?

  • Westboro is Fake

    Westboro is as fake as Sandy Hook and that is pretty fake. Doubt me? Go watch the 17 hours of Sandy Hook video and look at all the images. You don’t see a shooter. You don’t see anything. Most of it is a blue screen that says redacted. In one segment, you see 3 hours of a police car dash cam looking at a parking lot. Nothing happened at Sandy Hook. It is all bulls***. There are absolutely no signs of anything there. None. No wonder they destroyed the school so quickly.

    Evil comes in many forms and is in many things. Evil will mask itself as being of Christ and it will reside in government. After all, governments have the power to destroy many souls. Wars and massive amounts of incarceration have destroyed many families. Look at all the poverty in the world and all the government excess.

    I know the wrist bands that say “What Would Jesus Do” look funny and are kind of corny. But really, that is an important question. Christ was all about loving your neighbor, mercy, compassion, and forgiveness. Anything opposite of this is simply anti-Christ. Westboro is anti-Christ.

  • thomas

    best and grooviest bible thumpers in the land great heathen busters go go go wbc

  • Donn Edmunds

    I think time is about time the westboro bapitist church is just taken out along with all the cult menbers
    I have had encounters with the good Rev Philps on a personal level. I believe he and all the members of this group are insane
    they take money from cities NOT to protest in thier cities at military funerals
    They are just a bunch of money hungrey attention grubbing sickos
    I am a Patriiot Guard Rider and the father of a Fallen Sevice member
    time something was done about them
    the grief they cause at a sevice member service is unforgiveable but we always warn people about becoming physical with them. they will sue and cause further grief. we have had to actually restran several fathers from assuaulting them, just a waste of time and would only further thier actions
    so lets finally do something about them
    I will provide the kool aide

  • bb58

    Ham basket??? LOL, what an idiot. Hand Basket, not ham basket.