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Shirley Phelps-Roper, left, a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, of Topeka, Kan., holds a protest sign outside funeral services for Sgt. Daniel Sesker, Tuesday, April 18, 2006, Ogden, Iowa.

'God Hates Native Culture': Westboro Baptist to Picket Alaska Natives

Vincent Schilling
4/16/14

The Westboro Baptist Church, infamously known for its offensive protest signs which celebrate the death of soldiers, God’s hate toward homosexuals and more, has set their sights to protest the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage on Sunday June 1. Though the former leader of the church Fred Phelps recently died, the members of the WBC are carrying the torch forward.

Shortly after the announcement of the protest by the WBC, a No Westboro Baptist Protest at our AK Native Heritage Center! Facebook page was created to offset the protest. Though the Facebook page had over 600 members on Monday evening, it had doubled in size by Tuesday afternoon to well over 1,200.

According to the ‘No Westboro’ Facebook pages’ mission statement posted by Donna Willoya:

‘We are uniting as Alaskans to honor and embrace our cultural diversity, to preserve our heritage and to teach future generations the importance of acceptance & respect for all people.’

Willoya also posted in the group that though people may get angry at the WBC members for wanting to protest, she wishes the Native community not to respond with violence and sink to their level.

“So many people love the AK Native Heritage Center. Any Westboro Baptist protest will and can invoke a feeling horror in ourselves. It makes us lash out. We almost become like them, those Westboro Baptist people. Some of us want to fight. I do. We must remain non-violent and peaceful. It is the best way to combat the toxic waste of Westboro Baptist protests. Keep it clean in the comments folks. We desire suggestions. We understand the need to spew and basically scream away the toxic waste. Keep it clean and check back for updates,” she wrote.

According to their release posted on their offensively titled website GodHatesFags.com, they will be protesting the Alaska Heritage Center in Anchorage Alaska on Sunday, June 1 from 8:45-9:15 a.m. for two reasons:

“…you make a religion out of the pagan idolatrous practices of past generations. There is nothing appealing or holy about the ‘heritage’ of the eleven ‘distinct cultures’ or ‘diverse population’ of Alaska. They walked in darkness and served idols of every kind, contrary to the direct commandment to have no gods before God.”

“… you fail to give God the glory, instead of the traditions and gods of the past… Stop worshiping dead cultures, man-made idols, and the sinful traditions of past generations. Put the resources into teaching and learning the Bible instead, and warning your neighbor to stop sinning before it’s too late, and he’s sinned away the last day of grace.”

The release is also peppered with bible passages from Acts and Exodus and comments such as “God hasn’t completely destroyed Alaska yet, so there is time to repent of this idolatry.”

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ikwewe's picture
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Submitted by ikwewe on
So why do we all keep giving these clueless folk the attention they so desperately crave? If God hated anyone, he wouldn't have made them, even the Westboro Baptists.

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Submitted by sarahdeer on
Please ignore these people. As a Kansan, I have seen how these people work for over 20 years. They thrive on attention and publicity. Nobody will pay attention to them anymore - especially the LGBT community. They can't stand not being the center of attention, so they try to find new groups to attack so they can get in newspapers and on television. Please do not give them this free publicity. In my experience, the best response is no response. Don't dignify with counter-protest. If anything, do a "pledge a picket" -- and have people donate money to ANHC for each Westboro person. For everyone Westboro member that shows up, I will donate $1 to ANHC. Please - if they get lots of attention from this they will start showing up at new Native sites all over. I'm not suggesting you don't have 1st amendment rights to counter-protest but please think long and hard about helping them with their cause by showing up and giving them publicity.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
As much as I would like to bury each and every member of the Westboro Baptist Church up to their neck in an ant hole and smear molasses on their face, I urge my cousins in Alaska to remain calm and respectful. Any violence towards these morons could martyr them in the eyes of other idiots like White Supremacists, Nazi, the Tea Party and other cretins.

Angelo David Hamlin
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Submitted by Angelo David Hamlin on
These type of people don't know anything about God. They are the real heathens. They are the real outcast of this world who will never see the next.

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
The most hateful people out there hide in so-called Christian churches. So many times these racist, bigoted rednecks are anything BUT Christian in their behavior & lives. They want to talk the talk, but few of them ever walk the walk. ......................................................................................................................... Native peoples are far from pagans. Those of us who are into our cultures & beliefs are the most godly I have ever known. We worship & pray every day of the week throughout the day. We do not need a building to gather at. The Creator's glorious outdoors is our cathedral. Our sweet grass, cedar & other wonderful things of nature is our incense. ......................................................................................................................... Worship of the Creator isn't a 1 or 2 times a week thing for us. It is a 24/7/365 days of the year thing for us! I am thankful every day I open my eyes & can take a new breath thanks to the Creator blessing me with one more moment in this realm. ......................................................................................................................... We don't have to tell some priest what we have done because we talk daily to the Creator Himself! We do not have to donate for some preacher to talk to us because we know exactly what it is the Creator wants for us to do each day: Serve Him, serve others, share compassion, kindness & love of all peoples. ......................................................................................................................... We may not always approve of what others do or say just like we do with our children, but we love others because they are human beings living in a good way. ......................................................................................................................... Is someone good to you? Do they show you kindness, compassion & caring in your time of need? If you can answer yes then you should return that kindness even more so. ......................................................................................................................... Ones skin color should not matter to us. The Creator made us each & everyone no matter where on this world we are from. ALL things have been made by the Creator no matter where in this Universe something or someone is from. ......................................................................................................................... We are children of the stars made by the Creator eons ago. It is not the outside that matters, but ones spirit & heart that matter my friends. Love me because of how I have treated you today. Not because of how I may or may not look, what I have or do not have, but simply because of the way I have treated you today. When someone has a good spirit inside it shows by how they treat others. ......................................................................................................................... The two things that last longer than we do are the words & actions we have given to others. Think about that before you do something or say something. Remember, someone is always watching what we do & what we say. We can affect others lives in either a good way or a bad way & never even realize it. ......................................................................................................................... Make a difference in a good way my friends TODAY because we know not when our time will be over. .........................................................................................................................

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Submitted by cherylmartins on
Suggestion: How about a potluck and dances inviting all indigenous peoples. I personally would like to see Maori People perform the Haka.

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Submitted by souixbleu on
Another group of religious fanatics that use the King James Bible to harass another group of people.. Do they not know that their book that they quote from was written in 1611 to the Kings instructions, in order to please the King and for him to make his savage subjects afraid. do they not know that our cultures, religion, spirituality have been in practice for tens of thousands of years and I've never heard of one of us going to their hell, we don't have one. They speak of idolism.. yet they idolize a man on a cross and his mother. Where is their god, they've never seen him so how do they know what his word is?? who's paying the way for all these hypocrites to get to the ANHC?? wouldn't that money be better spent feeding the hungry and educating church members on cultural diversity? Do they not realize that this type of attack is racism and racism is against the law, they could be fined or imprisoned. Oh yeah that's right, they are above the law, they are above their own god. their god preaches love and acceptance, not assimilation and colonization, which they tried already and were found guilty by the United Nations of genocide, crimes against humanity and the like. I say take up a picket donation.. donate 5 bucks or more for everyone of them that shows up and donate that money to ANHC. Do not allow them to stay in hotels, motels and camp grounds while in Anchorage, put signs up on the doors that say "bigotry not allowed" you'll know who they are all their license plates will be from Kansas. This is what is wrong with non native societies, they don't want to learn about the other culture, they are close minded and make a bunch of assumptions. They raise their children to believe their idiotic ideas which continues their circle of ignorance.

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Submitted by rockymissouri on
Cherylmartins: I think wanting to see the Maori doing the Haka is a wonderful idea.... As you suggested, ALL indigenous people should perform...!!

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Fred Phelps died of AIDS and is currently in Hell burning for all eternity.

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Submitted by indianmedicine on
Kudos to Two Bears & Siouxbleu: On Point. ........................................ .................................................................................................................... These people violate the most hated act by Their Master Teacher Jesus -by being a HYPOCRITE................................................................................ .................................................................................................................... The next act hated is "Judging Another"................................................ .................................................................................................................... NAI Religion is based on "Spirituality" in its many forms that give Honor & Respect to All Life Forms, and The Creator and Divine Family.......... .................................................................................................................... Most Organized "Religion" is a "Control Mechanic" designed by Mankind, and has often been a "Poor Man's Science"................................................ .................................................................................................................... Do you want to touch the Creator? - Well rub your palms together, and hold your extended arms shoulder width apart, and slowly close them together. .................................................................................................................... When you feel a Soap Bubble pressure on your palms, you have just proven that The Creator is within - and you have proven the Creator exists in all things. .................................................................................................................... The Creator wrote His Bible within each and everyone who dare to inquire within - and that is The Personal Scripture he has written for you because he does love His Children "White/Red/Black-Blue/Yellow" who live on this Planet He Created................................................................................................ .................................................................................................................... These People will suffer what they do to another, by their own hand; and they shall be an example of how "Hate & Despair" destroy the "Spirit Within". .................................................................................................................... It has been my Life Experience that "God" chooses individuals, and not nations as so many claim - for I have seen His Presence on the field of battle to both sides.......................................................................................................... ................................................................................................................... -De Oppresso Liber- Viet Nam 1970-1971........................................ ..................................................................................................................

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Submitted by Two Bears Growling on
Indianmedicine, I want to thank you for you recognition on this thread. I also read many other comments of folks who get it as well. It is my hope & prayer that these blind ones filled with hate will wake up & have their eyes healed from within their spirit. There is none so blind as those blinded with hatred of what ever sort. Hatred destroys the spirit. The Creator will heal those willing to open their hearts to Him. Hate destroys a person's body inside & out. It consumes them when they become so filled with hate. If these blind ones just knew the power they have within them when they turn that hate into compassion, kindness & love. Take care my friend...................

Peacepipe Johnson
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Submitted by Peacepipe Johnson on
if they can use their money to fund this sort of activism, isnt it time to end their tax-free status? they are basically a business at this point.

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Submitted by hammertime on
These folks are the sickest souls on the planet....they are like parasites who want to suck the life out of everything that is holy on this majical sacred earth.... you have to pity them because they have crawled up their own asses and died up there....reading their bibles.... thinking like infants that they have the answer that everyone should follow..... their worlds will come crashing down around them some day and they wont understand why .

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Submitted by dmkorman on
Thank you, Two Bears Growling, for your wisdom. I appreciate your insight and sage reminders of how we are to live. Be well and take care.
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