Posted: Sep 10, 2013 9:27 AM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 10, 2013 9:29 AM
BOZEMAN - Several members of the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) were in Bozeman on Monday protesting against same-sex marriage.
The few WBC members were met with by hundreds of counter-protesters; reports indicate that only three or four actual WBC members were present.
The WBC members carried signs that decry homosexuality and wish death upon gay and lesbian people; the group is known for picketing military funerals across the nation, claiming that the death of American troops is due to the U.S. acceptance of homosexuality.
Shirley Phelps, the daughter of WBC founder Fred Phelps, said that lava from Yellowstone will kill us all.
Some of the counter-protesters displayed signs that read, "I love my gay son" and "I love all the colors of the rainbow."
The WBC has strong sentiments against same-sex marriage in America. On its website, the organization says:
WBC will picket Montana State University to put the attention on the words of God and the Bible. MSU doesn't teach anything that will benefit their students on that great and terrible day of judgment! MSU teaches to worship yourself! These people deserve the truth and WBC will bring it. WBC brings real 'higher learning'.
The reason given for picketing Bozeman High School is:
WBC will picket Bozeman High School to tell these students the Gospel truth which their parents, teachers and preachers try desperately to hide from them. Every adult in their lives has taught them that they can disobey God and still go to Heaven, that it is OK to be gay, and that God is not cursing this doomed nation for the sin of embracing sodomy. Believing these lies will send these children straight to Hell so WBC must deliver the only message of hope and redemption they will ever receive: that you must repent and obey, for there is no other way!
Steve Vanwinkle, a pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church in Bozeman, said several weeks ago, "I'm embarrassed. It's sad. It gives a complete black eye to Christianity at large and specifically to Baptist churches."