UPDATE – Westboro is now planning to be at Lewis and Clark High School on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m.
Westboro Baptist Church, known for its inflammatory protests at military funerals, against LGBT people, politicians and religions they deem unfit — like the Catholic Church, Islam, Orthodox Christians and Jews — have announced they will be protesting throughout Spokane on Thursday.
Identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Westboro Baptist Church said in a press release they will first picket outside Lewis & Clark High School at 7:30 a.m. Then they will make their way to the Spokane Convention Center at 11 a.m. Next the group will go to Gonzaga University at 11:45 a.m. (though their picket location is unclear). Then they will finish their protest back at the Spokane Convention Center at 5 p.m.
According to a press release, Westboro is picketing Lewis & Clark and Gonzaga because they claim educational institutions in America are failing in preparing the next generation of adults.
“Math, science, reading, writing, history, etc. are fantastic and necessary skills to have in this life, but when found outside the service of the Lord they are entirely meaningless,” the press release reads.
The Gonzaga protest happens to fall on the eve of the Gonzaga Institute of Hate Studies 20th anniversary program.
Westboro will be at the Convention Center to protest the North American Association for Environmental Education, which will be having a symposium at that time.
According to Business Insider, Westboro Baptist Church consists of approximately 70 members, each who are required to give 30 percent of their income to the church. Westboro also makes money from litigations, though the amount has not been disclosed.
In an email to students and staff this week Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh urged anyone wanting to counter protest Westboro, to do so in a non-violent way.
If everyone who reads and appreciates FāVS, helps fund it, we can provide more community news like this. For as little as $5, you can support FāVS – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.
- Forum, Screening to Address Interfaith Dialogue - February 15, 2019
- SpokaneFāVS Introduces “Ask A Pagan” - February 12, 2019
- Vagina Monologues Coming to Gonzaga this Week - February 11, 2019
- Austin Channing Brown, a leading voice on racial justice, coming to Whitworth - February 4, 2019
- Discuss the Future of Interfaith at the Feb. 2 Coffee Talk - February 1, 2019
- Whitworth Introduces Women’s Leadership Network - January 28, 2019
- Activist Jackson Katz coming to Spokane to talk about “What It Means To Be A Strong Man” - January 22, 2019
- Gonzaga To Host Civil Rights Teach-In on MLK Day - January 15, 2019
- Will you participate in this year’s Spokane Women’s March? - January 2, 2019
- A community vigil, fighting Islamophobia and our “Ask” features were some of the top FāVS stories of 2018 - December 31, 2018