Josh Larson

Westboro Baptist Church comes to Ames

We definitely had some interesting visitors in Ames this summer. Read what I thought.

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To spice up the dull summer atmosphere, the famous anti-gay organization, the Westboro Baptist Church (website: http://www.godhatesfags.com), will be visiting Ames this afternoon. They plan to set up on the corner of Lincoln Way and University Boulevard, and a counter-protest has already been set up to be across the street.

The organization has gained media attention by protesting at U.S. soldiers’ funerals and has appeared on numerous television programs. Their mission statement for the protest in Ames today is as follows (copied from their website):

“Iowa State University – We’re back to tell you God H8s You! SW corner of W. Lincoln Way & University Blvd What’s up ISU? Long time, no see. While we are in the area to picket Marshalltown, we thought we’d stop by and say “God Hates You”; “You’re Going To Hell” and “God Hates Fags” Iowa says “It’s Okay To Be Gay”, and was the first to begin giving $ to little perverts for no other reason than they brag about being little perverts. God Hates Iowa, and all who live there are cursed. Deuteronomy 11:26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; 27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day: 28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. 29 And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal. 30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh? 31 For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein. 32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day. Obama’s gonna destroy your State with his “economic program” and then you are going to eat you little babies – you heard it here FIRST. AMEN!”

Fantastic. The following are some interesting YouTube videos I found this morning while clicking back and forth between their website and other sites: