May 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Anti-gay church to target D.C. Pride parade
Westboro Baptist Church, gay news, Washington Blade

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket next week’s Capital Pride Parade. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Members of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., which coined the slogan “God Hates Fags,” plans to set up a picket line at D.C.’s Capital Pride Parade on June 7 and plans to show up at Woodrow Wilson High School in Northwest Washington on June 9 to protest a Pride Day celebration at the school, according to a statement issued by the church.

The protests against the Capital Pride Parade and Wilson High School are among a dozen D.C.-area anti-gay protests planned by Westboro Church that include picketing outside the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the White House, the Pentagon and several churches.

“Westboro Baptist Church members will once again picket your fag pride parade to remind you that God Still Hates Fags, Fags Doom Nations and America is Doomed,” the church says in a statement posted on its website.

“God does not change no matter how much you parade your filth down main street demanding that your neighbors applaud you,” the statement says.

In a separate statement announcing its protest at Wilson High School, the church referred to the school’s students as “brats” and said they should answer the question, “Why did God destroy Sodom?” rather than organize an LGBT Pride event.

Gay D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate David Catania (D-At-Large), who chairs the Council’s Education Committee, released a statement on Wednesday expressing solidarity with Wilson High’s decision to hold a Pride event on June 4, five days before the Westboro protest is scheduled to take place.

“Today, I urge all District residents to stand with the students at Woodrow Wilson High School in support of tolerance and respect,” Catania said.

“Earlier this morning I spoke with Principal Pete Cahall and the faculty and students at Woodrow Wilson High School who are organizing the school’s Pride Day celebration to thank them for standing up for the values of acceptance and equality that define the District of Columbia,” he said.

In a separate statement, Capital Pride official Bernie Delia said he expects the Westboro Church protesters will be overshadowed by the large number of parade participants.

“With respect to the Capital Pride Parade, we will have more than 100,000 people from all corners of our community – LGBT and our straight allies – come together in a wonderful celebration of our diversity, acceptance, equality and freedom,” said Delia. “On the other hand, Westboro Baptist Church represents about 15 to 20 publicity-seeking malcontents who continue – unsuccessfully – to try to push their cramped view of the Bible onto the rest of us,” he said. “A majority of the country appears to agree that we are on the right side of history.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • REad about these nutcases in a book free on the web – addicted to hate

    much of it written and verified by Nate Phelps, one of two sons of dead fred phelps, both of whom left the nuthouse the day they were 18

  • God hates the sin, not the sinner. He sent his son to died for all of us. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:17). This is GREAT because it gives each individual an opportunity to accept Him as their personal Savior and to have everlasting life. If this is not done, that individual will perish.

  • These people (Westboro) seriously need to get a life and stop worrying what goes on in other people's bedrooms and personal lives and start worrying about their own. Question, since the "Church" worries so much about sex after marriage, Were Adam and Eve ever married?

  • Terri. Show me your credentials that allows you to be the spokesperson for a Omniscient, Omnipotent deity. Why does he need you to deliver such a basic message. If you can intelligently answer these simple questions, I will permit you to speak.

  • These people at Westboro need to be educated. God did not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah… They were destroyed by an asteroid. Research it people!!! Also a small Metorite hit Russia on February 15 2013.… We don't say God smote Russia… We say a Metorite hit Russia… If these people had any education whatsoever they would know this and be able to discern truth from a myth that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah

  • I hope to see them! I'll have some GAY to wave in their faces LOL

  • Sweet. Who wants to join me in marathon trolling of these assholes?

  • Terri accepting Jesus then is not a choice but more like sticking it down your throat..So that you know the Christian faith is an invitation to get to know the God in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ . It will never be an imposition needless to say an imperial one. What choice do others have when the only alternative you offer is to perish? Thank God this type of mentality is slowly dissipating in our world.

  • Dennis Fowler,
    First of all, I do not need your "PERMIT" to speak. Second of all, God does not need me to deliver such a "BASIC" message. He was kind enough to leave, "THE BIBLE".

  • Carlos Rogelio Gonzalez Weins ,
    It's an individual's choice. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not PERISH, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). I did not say to Perish was the only alternative. It's your decision, so why would I want to stick it down your throat… God doesn't. Your argument is not with me, it is with "The Bible", which is the word of God. I'm not sure this mentality is slowly dissipating. I guess we will all see at the end.

  • Terri Cunningham …First the Bible doesnt say hate the sin, love the sinner. That was a quote from Gandhi. Scripture does say in Romans 3:23 that "All have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God". More to the point only God can judge what is sin and what isnt. Jesus makes it very clear that only those without sin can judge others (John 8:7). He also says that we cant pick out the sins of others until we have dealt with all of ours (Matthew 7 or Luke 6). Finally, Jesus says not to judge or condemn others (again in Matthew 7 and Luke 6).

    Finally, in Paul's letter to Titus, we read: "To speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people. For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, (Titus 3:2-7).

    All of these would mean to me that only God can judge sin and further that sin is more centered around hating or judging others rather than loving and cherishing them. Perhaps you need to read the book you quote more.

  • Christopher Weakley ,
    I do read the Book (BIBLE), that I quote…FINALLY! I did not say that this quote "God hates the sin- not the sinner" was in the Bible. Go back to the top and you will see (I think), where I put parentheses around Biblical quotes (just like you did). Who am I speaking evil of or judging? I have no Heaven or Hell to put anyone in, so where is all this other stuff coming from, when I only quoted John 3:16-17. Lets clear it up now, my message was based on John 3: 16-17 accepting Jesus Christ as your PERSONAL Savior, and it being a choice to accept Him or not. It has nothing to do with me judging/hating…etc., so lets stick with the original message and stop trying to read more into it.

  • Terri Cunningham But you say "God hates the sin, not the sinner. " That is not a Biblical teaching. No where is that in the Bible. Nor is it in line with Biblical teaching. When you post telling people they need to repent to find God and be redeemed you are judging them as sinning or that you are in a place to judge them for their life. Shouldnt the testifying of Christ be more in your actions to show love. Are you coming down to counter the Westboro Church? They are not preaching the Love of God. What is your purpose for your post? Are you helping the downtrodden or the persecuted by your post? Are you uplifting the injured or healing the hurt by it?

    To say folks need to accept Christ as their savior assumes that they havent. That places you in judgement of them and that isnt what a Christian is about. You no more know the state of anyone's soul than I do yours. Confessing Christ means to say what Joy/Peace/Love you have found in your faith. How it moves and strengthens you. Let your light shine and others will see Christ by how you live and believe. As Teresa of Avila said, we are Christ's hands, feet, and heart in this world.

  • Christopher Weakley ,

    Again!!! I never said in my post that it was a Biblical teaching. You said/assumed it! We all came into this world as sinners (because of Adam), this is why he sent his Son Jesus to die for ALL of us, so that all of us may live and have everlasting life. You should know this. How can I judge, when I don't even know these people, so that cannot be true. Like I said before, I have no Heaven or Hell to put anyone in, so I care not to judge you are anyone. I don't even know you. I have never set foot in Topeka Kansas, so I would not now anything about this church. The purpose of my post was Salvation, so if Westboro is talking about getting souls saved…GOOD. I don't attend there, so I would not now what they are teaching.

    You are not making any sense. If you have already accepted Christ – It not necessary to repeat. Accepting Christ is a choice and had nothing to do with judging. It is an action. To say that folks need to accept Christ as their Savior does not assume they have not because I or you would not know – It is a personal thing. It does not place me in judgment to repeat (John 3:16) because Jesus said it first and I'm just repeating it. So your argument is not with me, it is with Jesus. Let's see if for what it is. Satan is very good at deceiving and what will make him happier than anyone missing "Salvation". If you miss this, nothing else will matters.

    I do agree with letting your light shine, by living it.

  • Terri Cunningham We will go round and round, but what I see is you are using the Bible as a bludgeon. You tell people that to be saved they have to believe in Jesus, but you are wrong. You can say you believe, but it is what you live out in that belief that matters. Saying the words dont matter, it matters what you do with what you believe. Jesus spoke about Love and said no greater love is this than a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus then went and did just that. "Accepting Christ" is a footnote if you dont change your life in light of that choice. Being a Christian isnt a membership card, it is transformation.

    The question you have to ask yourself is why put out what you did above. Was your intent to be a witness to Christ's love or use a trite series of words to imply people need to "find Christ" (as if Christ was lost or not known to those people). More to the point, whose Christ are they finding? Is your Christ the same as mine?

    If you have Accepted Christ, then you wouldnt tell people that they need to accept Christ. They would see Christ in you and through you. They would see him transforming you and the world around into the Kingdom of God. Those who see Christ in your life, would be like I have to get some of that. What brought people to the Apostles wasnt the words, but what they saw as they lived what they believed. Words mean nothing without transforming action. So who will you march with on Saturday? As for me, I will march with the GLBTQ folks because I believe that they are showing the Love of God in their way.

  • Christopher Weakley
    Oh! That explains everything…I'm guessing you are Gay and trying to turn God's word around to fit you or condone your actions of what you believe in. Well! That is your choice and YOU will have to stand before GOD one day for your actions (like the rest of us), and see if He agrees with you. I think he will have the last word…not Christopher.

    By the way, I don't do marches; especially for things I don't believe in. I will be showing God's love Saturday, by volunteering in the local hospital, helping my elderly neighbor ( who had a mild stroke) clean her house or feeding the homeless in uptown. Something a little more constructed. THIS IS THE GOD, THAT I SERVE.

  • I'm done! So don't bother to send any more comments.

  • Terri Cunningham See, there is that judging thing again. You dont know if I am Gay or not or if God has a problem with Gay people or not. I do know that God didnt throw a stone at the women others were accusing of being a prostitute. All I can say is that God has a problem with me standing in judgement of another human being. I dont have that right.

    So what you are saying you came here to bash people. See I knew we would get to the point eventually. Perhaps, I hope you can find some day that your neighbor is also the gay person whom you bash. Marching sometimes is important too.

    Being gay isnt a sin….being hateful is….

  • I'm sorry but you people are feeding these people with what your doing on the streets of America standing with people who are gay that you know are doing what's against America as if their the hero and America is the enemy. Anything that undermines the very strength of the United States of America is unconstitutional and I can promise you evolution will deal with these gays for going against the laws of life to make this perversion you see all across America. Btw these gays are a cult nothing more nothing less and in the end I hope aids is the only thing they find in their quest to fuck up this country.

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar We must be one hell of a big "Cult" then. Open your eyes, this is 2014 not 1914!! How the hell are we going against the law by the way?

  • I would rather watch you people learn what your choice of lifestyle is going to lead to and I am sorry but life does not agree with your choice and your kind is going to catch something and I hope it rids the world of all of you before you end up making this country so weak we loose it. Obama isn't the biggest problem in America YOU PEOPLE ARE. and its not his fault that America is dying its your fault for destroying The very morality this nation used as strength. Every choice a person makes has consequence's and I am sorry to say yours is going to end up killing you and I have no pity if it does for you because yuou asked for it.

  • I am sorry to say you are wrong Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed themselves, because their city was divided. As you see out in America we are doing the same god dam thing to this country and I hope it ends up with us destroying America because we don't deserve her to be following in the same path that that city did.

  • Dennis Fowler Its very sad that you seek proof only an idiot would need proof to know that faith/god exists and as he has said only those who believe will see the truth those who follow the world will never see the truth because they believe not for they will see not.

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar Are you serious? What the hell have you been smoking? Sounds like to me you are committing treason against your own country. :)

  • btw I am happy that the founding fathers are dead so they don't have to see what YOU PEOPLE have done to their America

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar do you realize how much of an idiot you are making yourself out to be?

  • Nope because this isn't America anymore, you cannot call this country something once you have betrayed everything it stands for and everything our founding fathers did for this country is now in vain.

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar Correct me if I'm wrong but didn't the founding fathers want equality for all? Game over.

  • Our founding fathers were against anything that weakens this nation to the point of another country taking her away from us. America's strength comes from the moral choices we make and standing up for this country, and I remember when it was all about just wanting to be happy, but now all I am reading online is the gays going from state to state forcing states to say yes that have already said no…..tell me one thing when a man rapes a woman by force does she have to say yes because that's what I see it as when I see these people forcing states to go against what they believe in. You cannot force someone to agree on something that's like removing their rights but then again I don't believe anyone has rights in America anymore and the gays have proven that.

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar Ok you seriously have qualified for fucktard of the year and this conversation is being shared with sooo many people. good day.

  • yep and all I see is a woman that follows Anti-American behavior and wants this country to fall into the hands of someone else just like Obama Good day

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar Work on your grammar before you even think about trying to engage in an intelligent conversation with someone who is way out of your league.

  • I wouldn't give you a chance to someone that has a picture of our statue of Liberty kissing a woman that's a insult to everything America stands for which in fact makes you as bad as the enemy cya I don't talk to people who support anti-American's

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar You need a spelling and a grammar check homie! Besides aids infects anyone, it's a blood-borne pathogen. I guess stupidity is more contagious than aids, go get a clue you dump idiot!

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar people will accept you for who you are when you come out!

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar no worries I am sure the world will be saved by the likes of you!

  • I would rather put a bullet into my forehead than be like you people and your filth.

  • I would rather put a bullet into my forehead than be like you people and your filth.

  • Stephen Douglas Lamar Could you do the world a favor and hurry up with that? If you don't have a gun on hand, I can recommend several other, relatively painful methods. Sadly, none are as fast or as effective as giving your Baretta a blow job.

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