Good evening, Netizens...
Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Spokane to continue spewing more hatred against gays, and from their website, we present the Westboro itinerary for the Spokane area:
Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA October 21, 2010 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Moody Bible Institute in Spokane, WA October 21, 2010 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM
Whitworth University in Spokane, WA October 21, 2010 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Rodgers High School in Spokane, WA October 21, 2010 2:25 PM - 2:55 PM
Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA October 21, 2010 3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Synagogue Chavurat HaMashiach in Spokane, WA October 21, 2010 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Coeur d'Alene High School in Coeur d'Alene, ID October 22, 2010 6:10 AM - 6:40 AM
Lake City High School in Coeur d'Alene, ID October 22, 2010 7:10 AM - 7:40 AM
North Idaho College in Coeur D'Alene, ID October 22, 2010 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
North Idaho College in Coeur d'Alene, ID October 30, 2010 6:45 PM - 7:30 PM
I have been following the statements and actions of Fred Phelps and his band of approximately 70 unaffiliated Baptist Church members for several months now, and I am no more opposed to their exercising their freedom of speech than I am of anyone else. However, like the person(s) who cry FIRE in a crowded theaters, there are limitations. Spitting on the caskets of dead Marines who gave their lives in the defense of liberty seems like a good place to start changing from a hysterically-outrageous little church of 70 hate-filled Baptists into something more worthwhile and reverent. Dragging our US flag in the dirt in parades just doesn't sit that well for me, either.
However, when I say these people are on the absolute outer fringe of organized religions, I appear to be in good company. Westboro Baptist Church is currently classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. They spend over $200,000 a year on traveling around the country to express their opinions filled with hatred.
If you truly want to know more about the people from Westboro Baptist Church, I highly recommend you read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church and you will see why they are viewed as a hate group.