Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Editor calls for resolution targeting Westboro Baptist Church

NOTE: This article was originally published on April 20, 2011, on the Associated Baptist Press Web site (

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (ABP) – A Baptist newspaper editor says it is time for the state’s Southern Baptists to take a public stand against a tiny Kansas congregation known for pickets across the country with signs reading “God Hates Fags.”

Writing in The Pathway, Editor Don Hinkle called on the Missouri Baptist Convention to pass a resolution at its upcoming annual meeting repudiating the behavior and views of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan.

The church, which is not affiliated with any Baptist denomination, routinely makes headlines with protests near the funerals of fallen soldiers proclaiming that military casualties are the result of God’s judgment on America for accepting homosexuality.

A number of states have responded with laws limiting protests near funerals. The U.S. Supreme Court recently sided . . .

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