FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A small posse of hate-peddlers from the odious “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church will roll through Northern Arizona this weekend to denounce – oddly enough — another Christian church.
For garbled reasons perhaps only they truly understand, the Westboro gang will protest Christ’s Church in Flagstaff at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. The unlovable hatriots from Kansas seem to be on some sort repugnance road trip, having already made several poorly attended stops in Colorado.
From the Westboro website: “WBC will picket the faux ‘Christians’ at Christ’s Church of Flagstaff where they make merchandise of the word of God and take God’s glory to themselves. As members of the Christian Churches of America, Jim and Phyllis Dorman have been lying to the people of Arizona in this Whore House for over 30 years…” yada yada yada, you get the picture.
Pastor Dorman, who is reportedly a pretty nice guy, is still an ironic target for Westboro. While his demeanor is pleasant, Dorman has for years stood opposed to efforts to pass municipal civil rights legislation in Flagstaff to protect the LGBTQ from discrimination in the workplace and public accommodations. Despite his opposition, the City Council approved the ordinance last year. Dorman and his congregation also heavily supported Proposition 102, Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriage that passed in 2008. You’d think that would put him in good graces with Westboro, but nope.
“God does IN FACT hate most humans, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying to you,” Wesboro’s site says. “ Christ’s Church of Flagstaff is a Whore House! There is death in that pot!! RUN from this place if you have one care for your never-dying soul! And…more good stuff like that.”
The bottom line is, hate-spewing jerks like this should not be welcome in Arizona. After all, we already have this guy. Arizona is the source of enough fringe bigotry, thank you, we don’t need to import it. So it would be great if the Westboro wackadoodles just gas up, take in some scenery, and keep moving.
To that end, Matthew Capalby, a local Flagstaff activist and supporter of the civil rights ordnance, will lead a counter protest on Sunday.
“A cross section of Flagstaff’s diverse but tight-knit community will be there holding a vigil, in support of Christ Church’s congregation,” Capalby said. “No one for any reason should be subjected to such hate for their beliefs or for who they are. As always, the people of Flagstaff will show the town for what it is: a caring, supportive and inclusive community that shuns hate and bigotry.”