Westboro Baptist Church will picket a Foo Fighters show in Kansas City later this month. The controversial Christian fringe group accused the band of using prostitution to promote “fornication, adultery, idolatry and fags.”
The WBC says the Foo Fighters should be using their platform “to encourage obedience to God; instead they teach every person who will listen all things contrary to Him…” The church believes “the entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, Hell-bound, and hedonistic.”
According to the WBC, “The people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of His wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life.”
Westboro will send its picketers to the Foo Fighers show at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Sept. 16.
Fans of the Foo Fighters are enraged the WBC would target the band. Some are calling for singer Dave Grohl to confront the protesters. The band is currently embarking on a major U.S. tour to support their seventh studio album Wasting Light.
Westboro Baptist Church is known for its extreme stance against homosexuality and provocative protests. The church is notorious for traveling the country picketing military funerals because they believe America is a sinful country. The church has picketed several soldier funerals with signs that read, “God hates fags” and “Thank God for dead soldiers.”
The WBC believes “soldiers are dying for the homosexual and other sins of America.”
According to the church’s website, they intend to picket the funeral of Sgt. Andrew R. Tobin in Jacksonville, IL on Sept. 5, to remind the world that “God is the nation’s enemy because Doomed Americans have mocked His law through the promotion of fag & dyke marriage…”
In March, the Supreme Court ruled the First Amendment protects members of the WBC during their picketing activities. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Speech is powerful, it can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow…”
“Simply put, the church members had the right to be where they were,” Roberts wrote. He said protesting, “occupies a special position in terms of First Amendment protection.”
“While these messages may fall short of refined social or political commentary, the issues they highlight-- the political and moral conduct of the United States and its citizens, the fate of our Nation, homosexuality in the military and scandals involving the Catholic clergy-- are matters of public import,” Roberts wrote.
The church’s picketing schedule can be accessed on their official website. The WBC intends to protest the World Trade Center on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.