On Thursday, the Westboro Baptist Church focused their attention on the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, where they've been protesting weather science, meteorology, and homosexuality. This comes just a few days after a Kansas City High School embarrassed the church, and drove them away before the hate group could begin their protest..
Westboro Baptist Church had confirmed that they would be outside the University Of Oklahoma School of Atmospheric & Geo Sciences In Norman, Oklahoma, courtesy of their picket schedule, which they uploaded to their website, Godhatesf*gs.com. They wrote,
"The Lord willing, WBC to picket the Society of Environmental Journalists. The journalists of this country have been given a duty and a great power by the Lord their God to publish the truth to the people.As per usual when the Westboro Baptist Church rolls into town, they were met with rather bemused and outraged looks from individuals walking inside and past them.
"Instead they use their power to push their own and any other agenda that will soothe the consciences and lusts of the people. We are winding down the affairs of this earth and in the wrapping up of the affairs of this life there must be some truth.
You enjoy the blessings of God when you look at nature, but you refuse to see what is in front of you, or to give God the glory for it! Instead you pawn off His judgments to your great god mother nature.
"It will not go well for you in the day of judgment when you stand before your God and have no explanation for serving the creature rather than the creator. For that is what you do when you turn to idols.
"Who sends the earthquakes? Who sends the fires? Who sends the hurricanes? You are powerless to stop any of it, as you are powerless to stop the God who sent them. Wake up! Repent while you can or Perish like those before you. Obey today!"
Soon, pictures of their antics started to appear on Twitter, and across the world wide web:
Westboro Baptist Church protests at National Weather Center in Norman http://t.co/3Y5rr3Tps7 pic.twitter.com/g0Q27y1eYh
— KFOR (@kfor) October 8, 2015
At National Weather Center, ran into Westboro Baptist Church protesting.. Uh.. Science. Feel stupid even tweeting it pic.twitter.com/dPnTf5TxEI — MoseBuchele (@MoseBuchele) October 8, 2015
At National Weather Center, ran into Westboro Baptist Church protesting.. Uh.. Science. Feel stupid even tweeting it pic.twitter.com/dPnTf5TxEIThe church had picked this location because a four-day conference is being held there by the Society Of Environmental Journalists.
— MoseBuchele (@MoseBuchele) October 8, 2015
In order to make the attendees feel uncomfortable, Westboro Baptist Church members re-worded popular songs with their own lyrics, which made them 100 percent homophobic.
Westboro has a large speaker playing music as they sing pic.twitter.com/yhxn5nA38i — Daisy Creager (@daisycreager) October 8, 2015However, rather than being intimated by the antics of the church, the journalists simply took their own videos of the gathered clergy, while many students from the University Of Oklahoma soon appeared and began to counter-protest them.
After around an hour, the protest, which had been mostly calm up until this point, came to an end. According to Stillwater News Press, as members of the Westboro Baptist Church tried to get back into their van and were packing signs, one member tried to speak about why they were there, only to be yelled at by protesters.
Just a few days earlier, the Westboro Baptist Church was basically run out of town by a Kansas City high school. The group arrived at Oak Park High School on Thursday, October 1, only to immediately be met by students from the school, who had already gathered with their own pickets.
This immediately scared off the members of the church, who had decided to picket the school after they had elected a transgender girl as their homecoming queen.
You can check out a video of the Westboro Baptist Church running with their collective tails between their legs, below:
Speaking to a local news outlet about their decision to stop Westboro Baptist Church from being able to protest outside their school, Christian Palermo, an organzier for the rally, explained, "This isn't about supporting Landon [Patterson], this is about supporting all our students. Landon is just their scapegoat. They're attacking everyone in the LGBT community."
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