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Westboro Baptist Church: Golden Globes 2014 Protest Gets Christian Counter-Protest

The Westboro Baptist Church’s Golden Globes 2014 protest actually had a counter-protest from Christian groups.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, the Westboro Baptist Church has increasingly been at odds with other Christian groups, even including the American Family Association, which agrees with them when it comes to homosexuality.

Besides religious groups and political organizations, we’ve seen diverse groups banding together to attack the hate group. For example, there’s the White House, Ke$ha, Vince Gill, and even Satanists, who held a “pink mass” ritual in order to turn Fred Phelps’ dead mother into a lesbian.

When you have even Satanists and Christians uniting together to confront the Westboro Baptist Church, you’d think the members would have second thoughts about their actions. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. The devoted followers of the Phelps clan apparently feel other religious groups are “phony Christians,” and they’re not too picky about the denomination.

Just recently the Westboro Baptist Church staged several protests against the Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Catholics. They came waving the usual signs, but one nasty new addition is a sign that indicates Paul Walker is in hell. In response, hundreds of Christians rallied to form a “Wall of Protection” so the churches wouldn’t be bothered.

Pastor Keith Banwart Jr. says the Westboro Baptist Church’s Golden Globes protest apparently was expanded to include them:

“They come out for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes. Westboro Baptist Church is a cult that operates out of Topeka, Kan. led by Fred Phelps. They travel across the country protesting at churches, military funerals, believing that God’s wrath is coming down on America and not allowing LGBT people to live in peace. These people, want to show that God’s love is bigger than the hate that may be displayed here this morning.”

Pastor Kurt Christenson of the Lutheran church agrees with this message that love, not hate, is the answer:

“One of the things I say every Sunday morning is ‘good morning saints, good morning sinners.’ We carry the same hate in our hearts. We know that the folks in Westboro are angry, and that comes out in hate. At this point I think they’re just angry at everything. I think they’re angry at the way America seems to be going. 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.”

What do you think about these diverse Christian groups uniting to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church’s Golden Globes plans?

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52 Responses to “Westboro Baptist Church: Golden Globes 2014 Protest Gets Christian Counter-Protest”

  1. Van Pittsenbargar

    Why not just cut to the chase and call themselves the Westboro Baptist Media Whores? They are nothing more than a cult led by a psychotic Fred Pelps-Felch and his hideous lesbian sociopath lawyer daughter Shirley Phelps-Felch-Roper. If they hide behind the FIrst Amendment long enough, the Second Amendment will bury their asses in the landfill where they belong, next to discarded shit-filled diapers and kotex.

  2. Michael Ross

    Actually, the Phelps aren't even angry. They're con men. They seek out people that they know are emotionally distraught and unable to control their emotions for the purpose of trying to provoke a violent response, after which they will all file lawsuits (the entire family is comprised of lawyers) against their "assailant."

    This is why they love more than anything to picket funerals or otherwise attack dead people. They know funerals leave people more emotionally unstable than anything.

  3. Scott Blackwell

    when will Phelps finally read the Bible that he talks about so much– he misses one of the most important things when it comes to who is or is not going to be in heaven. The Bible is very clear that it is not through our works but through the free spilled blood of Jesus the Christ that was shed upon the cross at Calvary that our sins are washed away and are forgiven. All you have to do is personally accept this gift and accept Jesus as the Son of God, as God and as your Savior. This gift is afforded to all people, not just who Phelps wants it to be. Jesus the Christ Himself even says that there is ONLY ONE UNFORGIVABLE SIN- that is called the SIN UNTO DEATH which is the BLASPEMY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. "For God so loved the world that He gave His only BEGOTTON SON, that WHOSOEVER believeth in Him shall not perish but have every lasting life"- lets see, who do i believe more, a man named Phelps or my SAVIOUR, JESUS…. I BELIEVE IN GOD, not a man wanting to be a god- weither Phelps likes it or not, I AM A WHOSOEVER, I AM A CHRISTIAN, and ,one more thing, I AM GAY!!!!!– I know ,don't think it or feel it or hope it but I KNOW, that when I die here on earth that I will be in the presence of my LORD and SAVIOUR, JESUS the CHRIST FOR ETERNITY!! AMEN

  4. Anonymous

    God hates all sin, but He loves all sinners. The folks of the Westboro Baptist church themselves do not believe in the Author of all Love. Instead they project the cause and the hate of the devil. They are very lucky that they do protest at the places where people are distraught and totally unable to react. One day in the future they will protest at the wrong site and they will be attending the funerals or some of their own. If they would only read their Bibles and understand the Love of Christ, they would be very ashamed at their actions.

  5. John James

    It's funny, a large majority of the world believes in a higher power. It's not just the Southern states. But even if you knew that, you would still come on sites like this and post your ignorant bigotry.

  6. Anonymous

    Westboro Baptist Church is like the Flag Ship for Conservativism. They are in favor of their rights at the expense of yours. They are so hypocritical they CANT SEE THEY ARE VIOLATING OTHER PEOPLES RIGHTS. Typical.

  7. Austin Lee

    Oh really Johnny Trujillo? And what enlightened place are you from? Your picture shows a large city, so I must believe you have never set foot in the south. Religion and the Westboro Baptist Church don't belong in the same conversation. Looking to see your face in the next "knockout game" video when your fellow city dwellers get together

  8. Johnny Trujillo

    John James I know that a large majority of people on Earth believe in these myths. The real ignorance and bigotry comes from the religious extremists. Were you offended by my comment? Sorry but the truth hurts.

  9. John James

    Johnny Trujillo

    That's funny. You are grouping the majority of earth in a singular group, calling them "delusional." You also state that the Southern States are "so behind and still stuck in the 1800's." That, is a completely ignorant and bigoted statement. Obviously, you have never been to the "South." Texas is a very diverse state, in which many different view points are expressed. Florida is another state that is extremely diverse.

    The truth is, you aren't interested in facts. You just want to spew your hatred, and sitting behind a computer, gives you a safe platform to do it. You are just as ignorant and bigoted as anyone else on this planet. You just aren't intelligent enough to realize you are.

  10. John James

    Johnny Trujillo

    That's funny. You are grouping the majority of earth in a singular group, calling them "delusional." You also state that the Southern States are "so behind and still stuck in the 1800's." That, is a completely ignorant and bigoted statement. Obviously, you have never been to the "South." Texas is a very diverse state, in which many different view points are expressed. Florida is another state that is extremely diverse.

    The truth is, you aren't interested in facts. You just want to spew your hatred, and sitting behind a computer, gives you a safe platform to do it. You are just as ignorant and bigoted as anyone else on this planet. You just aren't intelligent enough to realize you are.

  11. Johnny Trujillo

    John James You want facts? I have plenty of facts and evidence! Facts and evidence are two things that religion always fails to provide.The South doesn't have any diversity. Those Southern states won't even legalize gay marriage. Texas has made it harder for a woman to get an abortion by the recent bill that the state has passed. All these laws are influenced by the Christian majority living in those states.

  12. Johnny Trujillo

    John James The only thing that religion has done is start wars and other conflicts. I can go on with this and show you a long list since you want facts.

  13. John James

    Johnny Trujillo

    The fact is, religions aren't bad. Religion, man made or not, are just a certain set of beliefs. Another fact is, it takes just as much faith to believe the universe came in to existence magically, as it does that someone of higher intelligence created it. Evolution takes faith as well.

    "The South doesn't have any diversity." Wow…lol. Now you are really talking out of your ass. Any? Do you know what the word means? Being in Texas, according to the 2010 census, the population is over 33% hispanic. ANd that's only REPORTED people. Illegal aliens not included. The city of San Antonio, where I live, is over 60% hispanic.

    Houston, according to the same census, is 25% black. That's 1 out of every 4 people. Atlanta, is over 54% black. The list goes on and on. I could list HUNDREDS of cities with TONS of diversity, but again, you aren't interested in the truth. You live in your ignorant bubble and are content with staying there.

    Branch out a bit. The world isn't a scary place.

  14. Johnny Trujillo

    John James If you don't want me to call religious people delusional then provide scientific evidence for the religious things that they believe in. Why so butt hurt about name calling John ? Don't you think that gays get tired of being called fags or hearing that they are going to hell?

  15. Johnny Trujillo

    John James You are the real ignorant person for posting all this shit about how it takes faith in science. Evolution is backed up by actual evidence. You just showed me a good example of why the Southern states can't move forward in the 21st century.

  16. Johnny Trujillo

    John James I live in California where many cultures thrive. You act like if I am not aware of the different ethnic groups in Texas. I am referring to the lack of tolerance that the Southern states have towards minorities like gays and atheists. That's why they won't allow gay marriage.

  17. John James

    Johnny Trujillo

    "Butt hurt?" How old are you? 13?

    Non religious people have started wars just like religious people have. WW I and WW II for example. Are we going to blame Atheism for those? That's the problem with you Liberals. You don't want to blame the individual for his actions. You'd rather blame the gun, the fast food joint, or the video game for the actions of a psychopath.

    There's plenty of evidence of a creator. The problem is, you are so bigoted and closed minded you wont bother to open yourself to the idea that man isn't the epitome of existence.

    The Case for Christ. Read it. Prove how open minded and tolerant you are. And give me a book to read. I don't know any Christian that calls gays "fags." And sorry to burst your bubble, but religious people aren't the only ones to use the term "fag." In fact, I would say more non-Christians use it than Christians.

    But hey, don't let a little truth get in the way of your hatred.

  18. John James

    Johnny Trujillo

    "Butt hurt?" How old are you? 13?

    Non religious people have started wars just like religious people have. WW I and WW II for example. Are we going to blame Atheism for those? That's the problem with you Liberals. You don't want to blame the individual for his actions. You'd rather blame the gun, the fast food joint, or the video game for the actions of a psychopath.

    There's plenty of evidence of a creator. The problem is, you are so bigoted and closed minded you wont bother to open yourself to the idea that man isn't the epitome of existence.

    The Case for Christ. Read it. Prove how open minded and tolerant you are. And give me a book to read. I don't know any Christian that calls gays "fags." And sorry to burst your bubble, but religious people aren't the only ones to use the term "fag." In fact, I would say more non-Christians use it than Christians.

    But hey, don't let a little truth get in the way of your hatred.

  19. Johnny Trujillo

    Don't be mad at me for pointing out the flaws in religion, John. I might of got a little excited over this issue but it happens to fed up angry people. You should instead be mad at the bigoted Westboro Baptist Church for preaching hate and giving America a bad name. I am just posting all this because I am tired and fed up over this hate group. Then again I don't blame them for preaching the anti gay stuff that they cherry pick from their loving bible. Have a good night sir! (:

  20. John James

    Johnny Trujillo

    Dude, I am just as angry at these morons as you are. Trust me.

  21. Jim Woodward

    Johnny Trujillo when do you anticipate that you might say something, anything, that is the truth, or at lleast close to it?

  22. Anonymous

    I found this story because 'Westboro Baptist Church' was trending.. I thought maybe, just maybe, their church had finally burned down after being struck by lightning, the perfect poetic justice in my mind. However at the very least their name didn't come up purely on the basis of their disgusting behavior, but because people are in their own way trying to counterbalance their 'protest'. I grew up around too many 'Christians' that while not as vocal about it were equally as hateful and hypocritical to ever want to label myself as one, but admittedly it does give me hope that their are Christians that are truly trying to be Christ like in their tolerance and acceptance.

  23. Ken Cheng

    The late John Lennon had the perfect strategy for dealing with the likes of the Westboro Baptist Church:

    "When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor."

  24. Anton Constantinescu

    Obviously the Phelps cult is a hate group, but for those very few who have read the bible, it is obvious that they are obeying the bible (and not the other Christians). Indeed the god of Abraham is an evil god, as Richard Dawkins has said.

  25. John James

    Jerry Newell

    Just had to get in some religion bashing this morning, didn't you? Your life would not be complete without some meaningless hate flinging.

    You, like Johnny, aren't interested in facts or evidence. You are so convinced of your own universal superiority, that you will not concede to the idea that there might be something more powerful than you in existence. You don't have the answers. and people that suggest they might, you ridicule and scoff at them. You look down upon people who search for the truth. To me, that shows weakness.

  26. Cecilia Fx

    the best way to deal with the 'god-hate-feags-family' is to laugh and laugh and laugh in their faces. Diminish them with satire

  27. Cecilia Fx

    John James There's NO evidence for ANY supernatural entities. No evidence for ANY gods. There NEVER has been. And saying that we don't understand how the Universe was created – THEREFORE 'god' isn't proof. It's just a lame argument. Argument from Ignorance.

    That said, if you wish to believe in a god, feel free. That doesn't bother me at all. What I really care about is behavior. If you act like a decent human being, caring for others, being a good person throughout your life, then I'm with you. I do the same. The Westboro church family do NOT. They are bigots. And they bully their own family members to stay in their group. They are abusive to their own children. They are anti-education, anti-science, anti-women, anti-human.

    They USE their religion to bully and abuse others. This is what Johnny is referring to when he talks about religion being delusional. Now, I can see both sides of this issue because I know religious people who are good persons.

    I also know there are educated and intelligent people living in the south. There's a strong atheist group in Austin Texas. But there are also a bunch of ignorant creationists in Texas who have been trying to rewrite textbooks. Their goal is to remove science and critical thinking in the classroom. Those people are wrong and dangerous. These people are unAmerican and need to be criticized by every decent person.

  28. Carlos Santiago

    Be aware, the " Westboro Baptist Church" is an unaffiliated "church", and has been denounced by all legitimate Baptist and other Protestant denominations .

  29. Desiree Johnson

    While I agree they have a right to there beliefs I think they are a group of Dumbasses!! Karma is bitch so what goes around comes around.Those people won;t know what hit them! Better yet when someone from the parish dies maybe we should go protest their funeral and see how they like it!!

  30. Nancy Mehl

    I don't need to prove Him to you because I already know Him. All I can tell you is that lives are changed, blind eyes see, deaf ears hear, there is love and forgiveness, and there is hope where there was despair. My prayers are answered, and He has never failed me. You can argue and ask for data as much as you want. But there is a God and you will meet Him someday. I know Him, and I pray you will open yourself up enough to reach out and ask Him to reveal Himself to you. Don't believe in Him because I do. Ask Him. If He doesn't reveal Himself to you, then on the day you die, when you face Him, you can blame Him for not telling you of His existence. But if you never ask – never open yourself up to the possibility – then the fault will be yours.

  31. Kurt W. Wagner

    They sure don't represent any of the Baptists I know. Just a bunch of crazy people who need a brain transplant.

  32. Cody Grensted-Giles

    How can you put all your faith in a book and religion created in a time when people made human sacrifices, thought the sun was magic and believed the earth was flat? A book that's written and edited by man. The evidence you say is evidence of a creator shows that there may have been something to initiate the big bang, not that a bearded, omnipotent, white guy created everything four thousand years ago. Omnipotence is a paradox anyway. Any god who demands worship the way you claim yours does is terrible.

  33. Jim Dunmire

    John James Atheists are the most bigoted people on the planet. Atheists are not only bigots, they are irrational. That is why they go apeshit when they see a cross. Why they want to remove all crosses and nativity scenes from public places, because they have an irrational fear of them.

    Of course that is what happens when they believe a delusional fairy tails that a fish grew legs and monkeys give birth to humans.

  34. Cody Grensted-Giles

    Jim Dunmire I love how you can take a stance on subjects you clearly don't understand. For one, you don't have to be an Atheist to be against organized religion. And two, monkeys didn't give birth to humans, were more of a cousin species that deviated at some point in the past. Natural selection happens over thousands of years. Dog breeders are a perfect example of forced natural selection on a smaller scale, they breed in the more desirable traits while getting rid of the unwanted ones by carefully selecting the mating partners, thus creating a new breed/species. And before you try to divert the conversation, I know breeds and species are not the same, it's a comparison. Please, make sure you know what you're talking about before you speak again, you sound very uneducated.

  35. Shelly Peterson-Kiser

    First off our God is an awesome God! He is hatful of sin and of wickedness. I see hate and judgment being passed by the Christians of the Westboro Church, that in itself is a sin. We as Christians are all sinners and shall be judged according to our OWN sin. Matthew 7:1 Says do not judge. So why are these people going around the country spewing their hate and passing their judgment on others. What gives them the right, who do these people think they are? When the Bible does speak of God hating, the object of God’s hatred is usually sin and wickedness. Among the things God hates are idolatry (Deuteronomy 12:31; 16:22) and those who do evil (Psalm 5:4-6; 11:5). Proverbs 6:16-19 outlines seven things the Lord hates: pride, lying, murder, evil plots, those who love evil, false witness, and troublemakers. Notice that this passage does not include just things that God hates; it includes people as well. So let's just say that the people of Westboro are the troublemakers and we see with Proverbs that God hates troublemakers. God Bless each and everyone of you.

  36. Jenny Garnsey

    Jesus is about love. Love thy neighbor. Trust in God. The only thing God hates is sin. He doesn't even hate the devil. God feels sorry for the devil. It is hard on the people, who know what God's message is, to love the Westboro Baptist Church people, though. I'm a believer in Christ. I am a sinner. God doesn't hate people who sin. Just the sin. WBC are just a group of people following an ignorant shepherd who chose to pick only the lines from the Bible that agreed with his hate and anger. Further, my personal belief is that no matter who you are attracted to, as long as they're consenting adults, its none of anyone's business but them and God and they aren't going to Hell. Loving is not sin unless its incest or something like that. Being in the LBGT community, in my belief, is not a sin.

  37. John James

    Cody, you do realize you are putting your faith in a man made belief system, right? Humanists have to have just as much faith as any other religion. Where you see random occurrences, magically creating an entire universe out of nothing, I see evidence of intelligent design on a cellular level. As far as a beard or being "white," I'm not sure what he looks like. But I'm sorry, an everlasting being, who can create the entire universe at a whim, deserves respect. Him allowing us to follow his path, when he can exist without us, to me, shows he is anything but "terrible."

    You don't have to be an Atheist to be against "organized religion," but no one here is talking about "organized religion." The conversation is about all religions in which man is not the epitome of existence. So, that IS Atheism.

    You should spend more time in school, and less time playing video games.

  38. Karen M Gagne

    This has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with hate.

  39. Cody Grensted-Giles

    John James You should make sure you know what words mean before you use them. For one, I'm not putting faith in anything, as faith is belief in something without logical or material proof, and I base all my decisions on evidence and fact. Secondly, Humanism emphasizes individual thought and evidence over faith or doctrine, so no Humanists don't depend on faith. You should also touch up on what you know about evolution as no theory I've ever heard has claimed that the universe came about because of evolution, which is not "random occurrences". An omnipotent being that can create the universe out of nothing deserves respect, I never claimed otherwise, but if it expects twisted rituals and worship it's cruel and narcissistic. Worship isn't respect, I see you've confused those two as well.

    In case you didn't notice the comment I was replying to is talking about organized religion. And Atheism is not a religion. Seriously, do you have any idea what you're talking about in the slightest?

    I have bachelors of Science in Engineering and am on my last year of EIT, so I think I'll continue to play my video games.

  40. John James

    Cody Grensted-Giles

    You're a moron, Cody. That is not the meaning of the word "faith." I suggest you do a Google search on it. As any dictionary will tell you, faith is just strong belief in something. It has nothing to do with believing "in something without logical or material proof." You couldn't be more wrong.

    You have very low reading comprehension skills. I never said "that the universe came about because of evolution," I was referring to the "Big Bang" theory, which does not talk about evolution. So touch up on your reading skills and get back to me about that.

    "Any god who demands worship the way you claim yours does is terrible." I never claimed anything about God's rituals or how we are supposed to worship. I never said worship is synonymous with respect. But to truly worship something, you have to respect it. Look up the definition of worship as well.

    "Religion" does not have to refer to a deity. There is more than one definition, sorry to burst your ignorant bubble. Another word you need to Google.

    I am a project manager for a heavy highway construction company. Maybe I'll hire you to wash our trucks when you get out of EIT.

    **** Homework for Cody (Ask your mom for help if you need it)

    Google (or use the old fashioned Webster's Dictionary of you prefer) the words:
    Faith
    Worship
    Religion