SEATTLE -KOMO NEWS. A church group known for delivering messages of hate around the United States picketed places of worship around Seattle on Sunday.
But they were met by stiff resistance, in the form of hundreds of people shouting right back at them.
The noisy protest group is part of a radical congregation out of Kansas belonging to the Westboro Baptist Church, run by Fred Phelps.
They targeted several churches and synagogues around Seattle on Sunday, and plan to target more in the coming days.
They openly admit preaching a gospel of hate - since they believe God and the Bible preaches the same. And they openly despise much of what our nation stands for, including hating America.
The protesters targeted Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle during the Sunday worship service, shouting and waving placards saying "You're Going to Hell" and "God Hates Fags."
Jonathan Phelps, one of the protest ringleaders, says Mount Zio and other churches are spreading lies.
"They've preached that lie from hell that God loves everybody - that you can live like the devil and have any hope of heaven at all," Phelps says.
But Mount Zion church members, say the hate - wrapped in God's name - makes no sense.
"If they're really concerned about God's work, there are people who are dying, of AIDS, of violence, they're starving," says Archie Pinkaney of Mount Zion.
Hundreds of counter-demonstrators, many of them gay and lesbian, hit the front lines to battle the shouts of hate.
Later, at St. James Cathedral, church members celebrated the Corpus Christi procession outside the church in white robes. Across the street, Westboro protesters took advantage of the moment by shouting their message waving placards.
"You're the ones responsible for priests raping children," shouted one protester.
Jarring comments like that need to be challenged, say counter-demonstrators - even if it means giving the messages of hate even more attention.
"A lot of times now we feel like we need not react to this - ignore it and it will go away," says Eduardo Brambila. "But it's not happening. We're here, we're proud, and look, you can't even hear them. ... And we're not going to let this in our community."
The protests were peaceful - though heated at times. And it's not over.
The group from Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket outside Garfield High School on Monday, then show up at several Jewish centers in the city.
Tags: WBC, Westboro baptist church, hate-group, protesters, target, churches, synagogues
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States (load item map)
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