Idaho Interfaith Rally Protests Against Preacher's Message of Hate

December 12, 2003

Source: The Idaho Statesman

On December 12, 2003 The Idaho Statesman reported that "Catholics, Protestants, Jews, evangelical Christians, gays, toughs, peace advocates, and passers-by in cars quietly countered a protest in Boise by a handful of relatives of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. Nine Westboro church members picketed churches Sunday and marched along Capitol Avenue to spread his message that God hates homosexuals." Phelps´ supporters later marched in support of establishing a monument in Boise that says Wyoming murder victim Matthew Shepard, who was beaten to death in 1998 because he was gay, is in hell.Phelps became a national figure when he said during the trial of Matthew Shepard´s attackers that hating homosexuals was proper.

See also: Interfaith, Civic