Imagine your city experienced a fatal mass shooter situation followed by devastating fires… and then it has to endure a visit from the anti-gay hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church.
The Westboro Baptist Church is a cult based in Kansas, and I’ve written about them in the past. In my latest book, No Sacred Cows: Investigating Myths, Cults, and the Supernatural, there are three interviews with current and former members.
I once observed WBC members protesting an awards show in Hollywood, and they’re known for protesting military funerals, now this group is somehow taking it a step further. They plan to protest at a Thousand Oaks high school following the deadly shooting at Borderline Bar and Grill and the Woolsey brush fire.
They announced the event with glee this week, calling themselves “the followers of the one true Christ” and saying they will “preach his word and message of repentance to the students and faculty of Thousand Oaks High School.”
This lucky group of people comprising the student body and faculty of Thousand Oaks High School in Thousand Oaks, CA will be provided the opportunity to see and hear the words of Christ preached to them. Whether any will be moved in their heart to repent of their sins is in the hands of the Lord alone, but the requirement to preach still stands and is required of those who claim to serve the King. The school’s clubs, which include Pride Alliance, Mental Health Club, and a Catholic Club, will do no good for these young people who have not been given a proper upbringing under the law of God. Creating a “club” around these abominable things does not make them right. “Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.” (Proverbs 11:21) The wildfires that ravaged Thousand Oaks in November, as well as the shooter that same month, are manifestations of God’s wrath against this evil place. We beseech our neighbors to submit themselves before their Creator with humility and fear.
This group, which famously says “God hates F*gs” in chants and on their picket signs, loves to pretend that they are doing God’s work by “preaching” to people who have recently experienced tragedies. What they are really doing is preaching hate, and provoking people when they’re grieving and already at their most vulnerable.
Fortunately, the “church” members won’t be allowed on the campus, according to local reports.
The school sent out an e-mail to parents saying that if the protestors show up, they will not be allowed on campus, and that law enforcement will be out in force to ensure things remain peaceful.
Not being allowed on the campus likely won’t stop this group from doing what they always do. There isn’t much we can do, except maybe ignore them completely.