Jewish Journal

Westboro Baptist protests another church

by Brad A. Greenberg

June 18, 2011 | 3:12 pm

I’ve seen Westboro Baptist take their protests to military funerals and synagogues and almost a 9-year-old’s funeral. But never to another church.

But this weekend Westboro rolled into Seattle to protest the teachings at Mars Hill Church. CNN’s Eric Marrapodi reports:

“This False Prophet and His Blind Lemmings Welcome You to Our Whore House for God’s Grace and Free Donuts,” Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle announced on his blog this week after learning that Westboro plans to picket one of his churches on Father’s Day.

Driscoll is a popular pastor in the Pacific Northwest. He heads a group of multisite churches that regularly draw 10,000 parishioners a week across 10 locations. He preaches live at one location, and his sermons are sent out by video to the other locations the following week, when the services are held with live music and another onsite pastor.

Driscoll, a popular author and speaker, is “Christian-famous,” which appears to have led to the protest.


“They need Jesus too, maybe as bad as anyone on the Earth. As a church, we’re called to love people. They’re people, so they make the list.”

It’s nice to hear Driscoll not give the Westboro nuts a free pass just because they identify as a “church.” And they are a church—just a very, very misguided one.

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