Westboro Baptist Church's Oak Creek Visit a Small, Quiet One

Counter-protesters outnumbered members of the controversial Kansas-based church by nearly a 4-to-1 margin Sunday at Oak Creek Assembly of God.

Six members of the Westboro Baptist Church were greeted by about 20 counter-protesters Sunday morning outside the Oak Creek Assembly of God, 7311 S. 13th St.

The protest was a peaceful one, with each side quietly holding up their signs expressing their point of view.

Several Oak Creek police officers lined the street to not only keep peace but direct traffic. The protest was staged just before Assembly of God's 10:30 a.m. service.

At the end of the demonstration, which lasted about 20 minutes, officers escorted Westboro church members into their vehicle.

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained national notoriety for picketing military funerals, visited some of the bigger churches around the Milwaukee area Sunday, including Hales Corners Lutheran, Elmbrook and Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

Westboro said on its website it was demonstrating at Assembly of God "in religious protest and warning. WBC will remind the false prophets and parishioners that God is not mocked, America has turned her back on God's law due to the teachings of false prophets."

The appeared unfazed. The church held its annual in both its 8 and 10:30 a.m. services.

"We're going to celebrate the freedom we have in our nation," said Christine Jacobs, the church's director of media relations. "Because of our freedom, they have right to express their views."

Joe Todor July 01, 2012 at 07:13 PM
> At the end of the demonstration, which lasted about 20 minutes, officers escorted Westboro church members into their vehicle. "Nothing to see here, people, move on."
Lizz July 01, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Awesome job, my traveling friends going to warn your neighbors ALL EYES on those blessed, clear, sharp words -- two edged swords from the LORD your God, WisconSINites! You are BOUND by those words and will be accountable to them on that Great and Terrible Day that will dawn shortly now. Your blood will not be on our hands because we faithfully warned you and begged you to JUST OBEY!!
Mike Knight July 01, 2012 at 07:46 PM
The religious nuts love their hell threats. God forbid people do things based on their own moral character rather than a threat of eternal damnation. It sort of defeats the purpose of life being a test, and venue for eventual judgement when you're being coerced by way of perpetual torture extortion. Only a sadistic God would allow such a thing to exist. Only sickos jeer with glee over the thought of people receiving such a punishment for their short lives on this Earth.
Axaproromnal Fedrothacnurcayzoerkop July 01, 2012 at 08:42 PM
The state of Wisconsin is named after the river that runs through the center of the state. It is derived from the Algonquin word "Miskonsing," a term whose meaning is disputed. Although the meaning of "Wisconsin" is uncertain, one thing is certain: the last syllable of the name does not refer to my state's moral conduct and obedience to God. Therefore, there is no need for you or your traveling roaches to emphasize it as such. The "-sin" in Wisconsin comes from the Algonquin suffix "sing," which indicates a location or place. It has absolutely no relation to the Modern English word "sin," which comes from the Old English word "synn" and refers to temporal crime and moral wrongdoing.
Joe Rizoli July 02, 2012 at 01:51 AM
We need more people like the WBC. They get people to think, to challenge their own beliefs. Quite a bit of what they say is true. We had them came to My town when they protested that Matthew Shepherd play. I actually agreed with them on that issue. Shirley and her clan are actually very nice people to talk to. Joe Rizoli
Axaproromnal Fedrothacnurcayzoerkop July 02, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Sure. "Whore," "freak," "ratty ass," "fag," "dyke:" these are just some of the words that commonly pepper the very nice talks in which Shirley and her clan engage.
Jamie July 02, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I wish people would stop giving WBC the attention they obviously thrive on. Most people are mature enough to avoid rude name-calling and hypocritical judgments on a person's afterlife status but this is not newsworthy. I'm willing to coexist with you if you follow the basic 10 commandments and golden rule. We may disagree on everything else in between but that's why life is is interesting. s life
Jamie July 02, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Editing gone awry via my tablet. "S life" is not code for my cult. It would be way cooler.
Mr.Ed July 02, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I just can't get the thought out of my head. "whack job" Good job counter protestors. It's a shame the Westboro Baptist Church members are waisting time here, they could be doing something better than saving us; Maybe donate some time at a shelter in the inner city. These people are a joke, they should pay for the police protection.
keith dymale July 03, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Wow, the WBC should join the KKK - they're a hate group too. As for me, I don't want salvation. At the end of my life, if I am judged, I will stand up for what I've done. I don't need or want someone preaching to me in any form. This is my life, the one I was given, the one I live and the one I am proud of. My mistakes are mine, the learning curve is for me. What good is my freedom if I am to follow others rules and dictations, to serve and bow and obey?
keith dymale July 03, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Obey what?


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