Friday, July 31, 2009

Fred Phelps Family Coming to Chicago

I wanted to get this out fast - Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church , known for their notorious "God Hates Fags" demonstrations at the funerals of US war veterans and other hateful activities, will be gathering at Emanuel Congregation at 5959 N. Sheridan Road on Chicago's north side on Monday, August 3. This story is developing. Chicago News Bench will cover the event on Monday. More info on this story to follow... UPDATED with photos: See Slideshow of Westboro Baptist Church Protest Here is the e-mail alert from 48th Ward Alderman Mary Ann Smith, sent today at 12:30 p.m.: Agitators to Picket Emanuel Congregation On Monday, August 3, members of Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church will be picketing Emanuel Congregation at 5959 North Sheridan Road. Westboro is the group that pickets the funerals of service personnel killed in action. They say these deaths are "proof that God hates America because we tolerate 'fags'." They also achieved "fame" for picketing Matthew Shephard's funeral and insisting that he's burning in hell. Jews and Jewish institutions are the latest target of their bigotry and unending efforts to gain publicity. This Monday, from 11:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m., they will show the "love of God" by protesting the existence of Jews and picketing near the synagogue. The community is invited to respond to this bigotry by participating in a peaceful and respectful silent demonstration on synagogue property. The message we want to convey is that our community is too caring and too inclusive to tolerate such hatred. Leave a Comment... See Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed We're on Twitter...