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Westboro Baptist Church Blasts Oahu Churches and Military

Shirley Phelps-Roper Shirley Phelps-Roper
Elwin Au Elwin Au
Tyriam Roshak Tyriam Roshak

By Zahid Arab

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Across America, the Westboro Baptist Church pickets and protests soldier's funerals and religious organizations, in a very vocal way. They blame organized religion and the military for what they call our country's sin, debauchery and decandance.

Their message has often been met with counter protests and law suits, but here in hawaii this group is given the cold shoulder.

The Kansas-based group calls themselves christians, locals say they're anything but.

It's the stinging words of the Westboro Baptist church's songs creating controversey for the group's first trip to hawaii. they have the lights, cameras and now they want action.

"Put away their idols put away their false gods put away their filthy matter of life...their disobedience," said Shirley Phelps-Roper.

Four of the stops were: Cathedral of our Lady of Peace,Schofield Army Barracks, the Marine Corps Base Hawaii and the New Hope Christian Fellowship church where the congregation was asked to stay silent.

"What they say does not represent the nature of Christ so that's why we don't pay any attention to them," said Elwin Ahu.

While the cameras are rolling sure the Westboro Baptist Church is loud and boisterous right now. But look at what happens when they think no one's watching, they're as silent as a Sunday service.

"You don't publish a message without it being seen and that necessarily includes the unclean media nuts," said Shirley Phelps-Roper.

The group says hawaii didn't learn its lesson from Pearl Harbor...and that locals are sprinting towards destruction.

at one point a someone against the group's positions snatched the flag away from them.

"That guy is a thief and that's what you've got here ...rebels and thieves against their god," said Shirley Phelps-Roper.

"The hatred that they display and using kids to display that speech it just rubs us the wrong way," said Tyriam Roshak.

A sentiment shared by onlookers, taking their stance in the strength of their country and sending off the group with a strong salutation.

For the most part today's protest sites remained relatively orderly.

Those against the group say that while they're against Westboro's beliefs, they're given the right to say what they want because of those who've fought for our country.

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