Westboro Baptist Church Essay

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The Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Church is a very small homophobic, anti- Semitic hate group that regularly stages protest around the country. The group first started as a non-profit organization in 1967. The Westboro Baptist Church is made up of its pastor, and some of his children and grandchildren. The Westboro Baptist church is well known for picketing places and or events they see as supporting homosexuals or Jews.

This group consists of few people. The ones who have children teach them to hate people who are gay or Jewish. They want their kids to picket signs and hold them up in public places, and even at dead people’s funerals that have died in plane crashes, and American ...view middle of the document...

They think god is sending tragedies to punish us for America's tolerance of gays and Jews. They specialize in anti-gay vitriol. Its main website is titled “God Hates Fags.” This website says very many cruel and hurtful things about not only gays, and Jews but many others.

This church has used its rights to protest to harass local businesses and individuals in Topeka Kansas and many other states and countries. The church picketed a concert by the young Canadian pop star Justin Bieber because he was not using his fame to promote God. Shirley Phelps-Roper, who is a frequent protester and one of Fred Phelps’ children, will sometimes wear an American flag around her waist and let it drag on the ground while she walks. She allows her children to step on American flags during protests.

Children of the Phelps family are raised in the church’s beliefs. It is very common to see the children picketing, holding hateful signs. These children use words like “fag” and “dyke” in interviews, and the older children say they have no close friends at school. The Phelps family raises their children to hold hateful and upsetting views, and to believe that all people not in Westboro Baptist Church will go to Hell.

On June 5th 2007, Shirley...

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