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They're Coming To Town & Most Of You Are Mad About It

SPOKANE, Wash. - Their signs have been called outrageous inflammatory untrue and offensive. The controversial Westboro Baptist Church protestors are coming to Spokane and North Idaho to protest several universities colleges and high schools.

The campus of Gonzaga University is not often thought of as a battleground of controversy. But on October 21st it very well could be. A group of students will be banning together to take on the Westboro Baptist Church. In a press release the controversial group has said students at GU "spend more time pursuing their drunken sins than their academic studies" and that professors teach "it's ok to be gay."

Gonzaga is just one of many locations WBC plans to protest. Whitworth University, Eastern Washington State University, Rodgers Highs and Coeur d' Alene High are also on the list.

What's the best way to handle the Westboro Baptist Church protesters? Cast your vote on khq.com....you'll see the poll towards the bottom of the homepage.

 

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH:

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an Independent Baptist church and hate group known for its anti-homosexuality and its protest activities, which include picketing funerals and desecrating the American flag. It is headed by Fred Phelps and consists mostly of members of his large family; in 2007, it had 71 members. Located in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Topeka about three miles west of the Kansas State Capitol at 3701 West 12th Street, Topeka, Kansas, United States, its first public service was held on the afternoon of Sunday, November 27, 1955.

The church has been actively involved in the anti gay movement since at least 1991 when it sought a crackdown on homosexual activity at Gage Park about a mile northwest of the church.

The WBC is not affiliated with any known Baptist conventions or associations. The church describes itself as following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles, though mainstream Primitive Baptists reject the WBC and Phelps.

 

 

 

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