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article imageWestboro Baptist Church pickets Golden Globe Awards Special

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Jan 17, 2012 in World
Beverly Hills - On Sunday, members from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church came to California to picket the Golden Globe Awards show. They believe that popular movies and TV shows push the homosexual agenda, and that these awards shows further glorify it.
The Westboro Baptist Church is known for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. They also picket other various events and institutions around the United States as well. The church expresses that America is cursed by an angry God, because they feel that many people lead a life contrary to what biblical scripture deems as righteous. The church is based in Topeka, KS.
Only three members from the church were present at the picket: Margie Phelps and Rachel Hockenbarger, who are both prominent attorneys, as well as another younger member of the church. They conducted their picket across the street from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Wilshire Blvd., where the awards show was being held.
Each of them held signs with messages of rebuke, particularly of the homosexual lifestyle. One particular sign expressed that soldiers were being killed by God because many states in the U.S. have begun legalizing gay marriage.
Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church displays her signs while picketing the Golden Globe Awa...
Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church displays her signs while picketing the Golden Globe Awards.
Rachel Hockenbarger displays her signs while picketing the Golden Globe Awards.
Rachel Hockenbarger displays her signs while picketing the Golden Globe Awards.
Margie Phelps had a potent message for Ricky Gervais, the host of the show. She explains it in the video below:
A group of counter-protesters also showed up to the picket. Many of them chanted, "God loves everyone," to which Margie responded, "What about the people in Hell?"
A counter-protester holds up a sign while the Westboro Baptist Church pickets the Golden Globe Award...
A counter-protester holds up a sign while the Westboro Baptist Church pickets the Golden Globe Awards.
A group of counter-protesters
A group of counter-protesters
More counter-protesters
More counter-protesters
When asked about how she felt about the counter-protesters, Margie said she was unperturbed by their presence. She further explains it in the video below:
During the picket, members from the church sang some of the parodies they have created of popular songs. These parodies substitute the words from the original songs with lyrics of a biblical theme. The video below shows them singing, "God Has Sent Us," which is a parody of, "From a Distance," by Bette Midler:
The event remained fairly peaceful, although at one point, a young girl kicked one of Margie's signs as she was passing through the area. There were also a few verbal altercations, but nothing became too unruly.
After two hours of picketing, the members from the church quietly left the area. Several counter-protesters remained at the scene even after the church members had left.
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