ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – The Westboro Baptist Church was in North Carolina over the weekend, but was met with dozens of counter-protesters.
WTKR reported that the highly-controversial church traveled to the Tar Heel state to picket a high school’s gay-straight alliance group.
Members of the Kansas-based group protested churches in Elizabeth City on Saturday and then moved to First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills on Sunday.
The group frequently pickets various events such as military funerals, gay pride gatherings, high-profile political gatherings and university commencement ceremonies.
They’re known for their controversial picket signs, some of which read “THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS” and “GOD HATES F*GS.”
Their Elizabeth City demonstration caused a counter-protest and dozens of people came out against the group.
“We need to come together as humanity to stop this hate,” said counter-protester Vivian Gould. “I don’t find them disgusting. I pity them because they don’t understand the word love.”
Westboro members Shirley Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Roper said that churches and the media are responsible for “propagating a lie that God loves everyone.”