Peace Will Prevail Over Violence as Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protests in Newtown
Peace Will Prevail Over Violence as Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protests in Newtown ~ By Wendy Mitchell
On December 15th it was reported on Facebook that the Westboro Baptist Church, the notorious anti-gay and military funeral protesters, woudl picket in Newtown, CT. On Saturday, Shirley Phelps-Roper, a member of the extremely controversial “church,” posted on Twitter:
“Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”
Phelps-Roper’s Twitter message was posted just one day after 20 children and 6 adults were killed by Adam Lanza Sandy Hook Elementary School in the second worst U.S. school shooting. The members of the Westboro Baptist Church are known for picketing funerals of military personnel throughout the United States and announced they will protest during President Barack Obama’s visit on Sunday, as well as after the president’s visit.
When Matt and Stephanie Hack, both of Danbury, heard about the protest, they created a Facebook group called “Stop the Westboro Baptist Church.” Within 24 hours after setting up their page, the group had close to 10,000 members (as of this posting). The group plans to form a peaceful counter0protest and create a human wall, a silent blockade, to counter the hateful intent of the Westboro Baptist Church members.
Hack posted on the page, “After seeing the strength of this community, and seeing how the people of Newtown and beyond gathered together in peace at St. Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church the night of this tragedy for mass and a candlelight vigil, there is no denying that the power of love can unite us and bring strength to this community.”
The peaceful counter-protest group also stated: “Any actions must be 100% peaceful. These people are not only hateful, but very wise with legalities. They will attempt to rile people into attack. Do not sink to their levels. Be greater than them at all times. If they preach their hatred loud, sing louder with love. Do not threaten. Do not act out. Just combat hatred with love.”
The Westboro Baptist Church is an American, independent Baptist church formed in 1955. Located in Topeka, Kansas, the small church of 40 members, many are family members of the Phelps, are known for their extreme ideologies, and is often described as a hate group.
In 2010 the group threatened to come to Brookfield, CT., to protest at the Brookfield Theater for the Arts’ production of The Laramie Project, a play about the brutal beating and death of a gay teen. At the time, I was a reporter for the Brookfield Patch and wrote an article about the play. After learning the WBC would picket the production, a group of peaceful counter protesters made angel wings out of PVC pip and white fabric to block the entrance of the show and as a symbol of solidarity and peace. After writing an article on the counter protest I received the following email and a death threat, from WBC leader Shirley-Phelps Roper–
“The Lord is coming Wendy and your destruction is IMMINENT! And here is the verse that is most amazing about it all, because it is YOU:
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
So what is that marrying and giving in marriage? PICK ME PLEASE – it is your fag marriage that this generation has set about to institutionalize on a rather global basis. According to the Babylonian Talmud, the ONLY TIME in human history we have had fag marriage on a rather global basis was just before the flood and in fact it is the thing that was the last straw to bring that wrath from God!
Now Wendy, I ask you – does it not seem so very out of whack for you to even consider the question of where WBC members are standing when you are looking down the barrel of wrath from God that is going to send your fellow countrymen like human projectiles, as the very land, pursuant to the precious promises of God to such a disobedient nation as this flying through the air, to VOMIT YOU OUT! Especially is this perfect for your neighborhood, because your God showed YOU PERSONALLY the face of that SPEWING time that is one the way. Within the last month, your state showed the visual of those projectiles when your power plan exploded and CNN had your neighbor standing before the eyes of the world with his squall on discussing the way the people flew through the air 40 feet!
The time is so very, very short! Your duty – each and every, all and singular is to fear God and OBEY HIS COMMANDMENTS!!
The church never showed up at the Brookfield Theatre for the Arts that day, and a time of peace, love and sense of community joined together hundreds to promote love rather than hatred.
For more information about the peaceful counter protest in Newtown, please click here.
For more information about how you can help the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, please click here.
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