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Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket Kansas Speedway

Mar 19, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

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The controversial Westboro Baptist Church – known for its extreme prejudice of homosexuals and its conducting of anti-gay protests at various events, including funerals of American soldiers – will picket at the Kansas Speedway next month during a NASCAR weekend.

The WBC’s official website says that the church shall picket from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 21 before that day’s STP 400 for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Church spokesperson Shirley Phelps-Roper first tweeted the news last weekend.

On March 9, motorsports blog Queers4Gears posted tweets from the WBC’s Margie Phelps that revealed a potential future protest of the series (WARNING: The preceding link contains language that may be offensive to some readers). However, those particular tweets did not disclose the location of a planned protest.

As noted at the time by both Q4G and SB Nation’s OutSports blog, a possible cause for the picket may be Q4G’s interview at Phoenix International Raceway with reigning Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski. In that interview, Keselowski was asked if NASCAR was ready for an openly gay driver and if one would have trouble gaining acceptance in that world.

“I can’t speak for the fans, I can only speak for myself, but in this garage, if you can win, people will want to be a part of what you can do,” Keselowski responded.

The theory that his comments helped trigger the upcoming protest may be bolstered by the message that ends the notice of the protest on the WBC’s website: “God Hates Brad Keselowski!”

WBC leader Fred Phelps also communicated about the situation earlier this month, going so far as to re-tweet the OutSports pick-up of the Q4G interview while adding a hashtag and the message: “No wonder God kills & maims these idiot race car drivers & their fanatics on a regular basis!”

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Westboro church are all crazy people but if they are gonna picket something let them picket something as worthless as nascar. I could care less so it won’t bother me any

    • icemanpjn - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:59 AM

      * Couldn’t care less

      • markisb62 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:38 AM

        * Could care less…. Learn your English before you make weak attempts at correcting others.

      • tturner123 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        to markisb62 … * Couldn’t care less…. Learn your English before you make weak attempts at correcting others!!!!

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      The exact same attitude most Germans had when Hitler’s Nazis were persecuting Jews. You’ve proven that ignorant apathy is alive and well. Good work, harry.

    • haardcase - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      How much less could you care? A lot? A little? Or could you care less, but you won’t?

  2. opshuns - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Seems to me that if they are protesting 8AM to 10:00AM Sunday, who’s at church??? Am I wrong??? Didn’t this Jesus guy preach “love” for his church…WBC, you found any clunks of salt in your church yard???

    • icemanpjn - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:02 AM

      Actually, there isn’t a single verse of scripture that says you have to be physically present in religious structures on Sunday or any other day of the week. The notion of the church as a building and as a place that you are required to physically occupy every Sunday are rituals created by Christians long after Jesus and his apostles were in the ground. God doesn’t actually require believers to go to designated worshiping facilities on specific days of the week or even at all.

    • haardcase - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      I’m going to say that they’re twisting Matthew 12:1-14 to fit their view of what counts as “doing good”.

  3. beardown2489 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    To those who are forced to experience this, just walk on by. These folks are lawyers who make their money by during people who break the law trying to stop the protest.

    Just walk on by, if everyone would so this, funding would evaporate and there would be no Westboro

    They are lowlifes, don’t associate.

  4. balfe13 - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:28 AM

    These idiots came to my school (Eastern Washington University) in 2010 to protest… something, I don’t remember, but they looked like complete morons when their 8 person protest was counter-protested by over 1,500 students in rainbow clothing with signs of love and peace directly across the street.
    It was a bizarre, surreal scene, and maybe if that happened mote often, they’d stop this nonsense.

    • polonelmeagrejr - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      Sounds like a win for the good guys!

  5. icemanpjn - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:06 AM

    I say we start treating the retards at WBC the way they harass everyone else. Picket them wherever they go, follow them to their homes and picket in front of their houses, go to their private family events like weddings, birthday parties, or funerals and picket in front of those.

    • nderdog - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Agreed. A group of people with signs that say “God hates people saying that God hates people” should totally shadown them everywhere!

    • nderdog - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      Agreed. A group of people with signs that say “God hates people saying that God hates people” should totally shadow them everywhere!

    • fave88 - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:56 PM

      Sounds like a great idea. If I was there I would bring friends and more friends!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. florida727 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I’m a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ died on a cross to pay for my sins, and through God’s grace and my faith I’ll be able to spend eternity in heaven. Allegedly, that’s what WBC believes as a Baptist church. Instead of picketing, what they really need to do is spend more time reading their Bibles. Hate to break this to you but God doesn’t hate Brad Keslowski. In fact, God LOVES Brad Keslowski. And it has nothing to do with his sexual orientation or racing ability.

    It’s sad, but people like these at WBC do more harm to Christianity than good, because people do look at them and say, “what a bunch of idiots, if that’s what Christianity is all about, I don’t want to have anything to do with it”. The sad part is that they don’t even realize how much harm they’re doing.

    • worknman24hours - Mar 23, 2013 at 3:53 PM

      Very well said.

  7. metalhead65 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    stop calling these inbred morons a church! they are one crazy family calling themselves that get a tax exemption by calling themselves a church.. and stop calling them rednecks as that is a insult to rednecks everywhere. we may be conservatives but we are all not extreme radical clueless idiots like this scum are. I would like to see them protest at member of my families funeral and see what happens to them. any jail time I get would be worth it. and if they are so sure they are right why do they need police protection?

  8. ttnvrl8 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:25 AM

    I’ve been to a couple of NASCAR races. From what I’ve seen of the crowd, this will likely be the LAST protest of the WBC…

  9. elwaysmilehighdenver - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Florida727@ AMEN!!

  10. jddre - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:41 PM

    “No wonder God kills & maims these idiot race car drivers & their fanatics on a regular basis!”
    I would venture to say more people have been killed by lunatics in a church than have died on a racetrack. And that’s not even counting all the people that have died fighting over religion in the middle east.
    You see, in racing, people fight to win – that’s the common goal, but with religion, some ‘idiots’ try to fight over which religion is preferable (to them). Too bad all those religious zealots cannot learn to live and let live.

  11. jddre - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    And DON’T refer to these morons as the ‘WBC’ – that gives the World Boxing Council a bad name.

  12. chaparral2f - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Calling these people a church is like calling a lion or tiger a pussycat. These people are intellectual terrorists. They are mentally sick. Imagine protesting at the funeral of a fallen soldier in the line of duty. I believe in free speech and all that, but these people are taking it too far. Wish the gov’t had a couple of extra drones to rain on their parade!

  13. youcangetholdofjules - Mar 23, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    He’s like a pop-up whack em game.

    Or where’s Wally.

  14. 666undead - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    No wonder God has maimed these psychos by eliminating 99.9% of their brains. Your “church” can be surrounded, overrun and dealt with anytime.

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