Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Taylor Swift

June 29, 2013 at 12:31 AM
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TOPEKA, Kan., June 29 (UPI) -- The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., known for its anti-homosexual picketing, says it is targeting a Taylor Swift concert.

The church said its members will be outside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., for Swift's Aug. 3 concert. The goal, the church said in an announcement on its website, is "to remind her and this filthy generation that they have a duty to obey God -- no matter what."

"This 'girl next door' wannabe uses her music to advocate for fornication early and often. She pretends to be moral, while she hops from bed to bed like a proud whore. She is incredibly popular among the young ladies and thus has a giant platform. All she has to do is to STOP fornicating, and tell her followers to do the same," the church said.

The church has few members, most of them related to its pastor, Fred Phelps Sr., 83. But it has become highly visible because of its picketing of military funerals based on its belief that the deaths of U.S. soldiers are divine punishment for the country's tolerance towards homosexuals.

Westboro sometimes announces pickets and then fails to follow through, The (Jackson, Miss.) Clarion-Ledger reported. In May, church members failed to show up to picket at the University of Mississippi after announcing it was targeting Ole Miss as "another idol of doomed youth."

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