Westboro Baptist Church plans demonstration in DuPont

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A planned demonstration by the Westboro Baptist Church is scheduled to take place in DuPont on Friday, July 27 at the intersection of Barksdale Avenue and Steilacoom-DuPont Road between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

DuPont’s Police Chief, Ron Goodpaster, informed council members and residents about the demonstration during the July 24 council meeting. Both the audience and council members were visibly upset over the announcement.

The reason for the demonstration was not clearly identified. The church’s website states that they will picket Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and further reads, “When you goofy, unthankful, flag-worshipping fools decided that you would declare war against the Lord and against His anointed, you put yourselves in the cross-hairs of a raging mad God. We will come to tell you a few things, to wit.”  The statement goes on to point out scripture and their interpretation of particular bible passages.

Chief Goodpaster said officers were in the process of notifying residents and businesses in the area and asked that the public keep out of harms way and not be in that area for the thirty minutes the demonstration is scheduled.

“We’re hearing about significant counter demonstrations, and our officers will be working with five other agencies to assist us,” he said.

The police chief said the demonstrator’s had a tight schedule to keep.

“They have events to attend in Seattle later that day. We expect them to be out of DuPont at 12:15 p.m.”

The chief added, “If you don’t have to be at that intersection on Friday, then don’t be.”

Here is a copy of a flyer about the demonstration issued by the DuPont Police Department.

 

 

 

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23 Comments

  1. Jon Curtis July 25, 2012 at 9:13 am - 

    I can think of no stronger evidence for the danger of religious extremism bigotry and dire need to protect equality for citizens under civil law. The perfect counter protest is to use your ballots to vote not only for marriage equality but to rid government of those who would claim oppression of their religion. Not because they cannot exercise it themselves but because civil rights protections prevent them from forcing their interpretation of scripture on others.. Are we wise enough to fight for freedoms here at home. Of course I am voting yes on ref 74. I am scrutinizing my ballot for those respectful of true religious freedom and diversity and human rights.You have to stand up for freedom when it matters at home.If not you dishonor anyone whoever fought for this country. Say No to hate.

  2. Allan Raymound July 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm - 

    Good grief! I’m all for free speech, but this bunch of yahoo’s are no different than the Klan. And NO ONE I know wants to hear their mantra either!

    I’m voting no on Referendum 74. But, this disgusting Westboro bunch no more represents me (or my friends) than those in the occupy movement who burned and looted represents all liberals or progressives.

    Shame on you Westboro!

  3. Mariah July 25, 2012 at 9:55 pm - 

    The whole thing just makes me sad, that for some reason this group of people thinks that hate is what drives God. My brother-in-law is military, half of my friends are military. I’ve had 3 friends in the past 2 years deploy and return unscathed, and two more are out in the field even now. They’re good men serving our country and they deserve our thanks and respect. Not this.

  4. palisade denizen July 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm - 

    If we as a community shut this down, DuPont will make headlines around the world. This is our chance to become known for something other than soil cleanup and teriyaki lunches.

  5. Jane Doe July 30, 2012 at 9:01 am - 

    The only reason this family of hoodlums is allowed to protest is because they are a family of lawyers who make good mockery of our justice system.

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