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Lady Gaga isn't afraid of some gay-bashing protestors. On Saturday evening, the goddess Gaga posted a note entitled "At the risk of drawing attention to a hateful organization" to her "little monster fans" via her Facebook page addressing the protest by the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church. The church has protested a litany of events – veterans' funerals, football games, political events, and even Michael Jackson's funeral. They waved their signs outside Lady Gaga's concert Saturday night at St. Louis' Scottrade Center.
She wrote that "this group of protesters are hate criminals and preach using lewd and violent language and imagery that I wish I protect you all from. Their message is of hatred and divisiveness, but inside at the Monsterball we preach love and unity."
Westboro Baptist ChurchThe Westboro Baptist Church, which is based in Kansas, is designated a hate group by both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. It was founded by Fred Phelps, 80, in the 1950s.

Earlier this year, the father of a Marine killed in action in Iraq had to pay the legal costs of Westboro Baptist Church. He sued them after they picketed his son's funeral, carrying placards bearing anti-homosexual epithets.
The independent church, which is not affiliated with other Baptist churches, targeted Lady Gaga earlier this year with flyers that said, "God hates 'Lady' Gaga" and quoting Jeremiah 3:3-5. The flyer said Lady Gaga used art and fashion as euphemisms and guises "under which proud whore Lady Gaga teaches rebellion against God."
On their website, Westboro says of Lady Gaga: "There appears to be little to no hope for her, but who is to say what is doing with the souls of those who may be swarming to listen to your less-than-beautiful singing program?"

Then there's the kicker. Comparing Lady Gaga to President Barack Obama. "Keep your eye on this silly woman, as she and the Beast Obama are good examples of what you all love most about this vile nation."
In her Saturday Facebook note, Lady Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, wrote, "Although I respect and do not judge anyone for their personal views on any politics or religion, this group in particular to me is violent and dangerous. I wanted to make my fans aware of my views on how to approach, or rather not approach, these kinds of hate activists."

In a Twitter post after Saturday night's concert, Lady Gaga wrote, "Tonight love and hate met in St. Louis. And love outnumbered the hate, in poetic thousands. Hate left. But love stayed. + Together, we sang."

She should remember that come Tuesday night. Hate is visiting her again when Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket her Oklahoma City concert. The group will be busy that day. Before the Lady Gaga concert, they plan to picket at the Oklahoma state capitol because Oklahoma wants "to kill the servants of God." They will then take their signs to the Cox Convention Center to protest the National Association of Free Will Baptists Convention before ending the day with Lady Gaga fans.
Fans responded enthusiastically to Gaga's message of love not war.

One fan wrote, "you don't discriminate YET they discriminate against you, they hate you, they spit on you, call you names, put you down, and you ask us to not pay them attention. You are a strong person, and you followed your dreams, that's a message EVERYONE should be sending."
Other comments centered on the political nature of Westboro. "Dont know why the American Government still allow these Westboro rats to spew their vile guts on the street, they shouldve been sent to Coventry as soon as they went on about gays and soldiers."
Lady Gaga may have been attempting trying to halt any verbal or physical escalation that might occur before or after her concert. She asked fans to "pay these hate criminals no mind. Do not interact with them, or try to fight, Do not respond to any of their provocation."

Westboro Baptist Church has created parody videos aimed at Lady Gaga. In June, Fred Phelps' grand-daughter recorded a song that took aim at Lady Gaga's song "Telephone." The parody version, called "Ever Burn" told Lady Gaga she was destined for hell and called her a "devil spawn." It was the second such video. Earlier this year, the group recorded another song to one of Lady Gaga's tunes, "Poker Face," with the lyric, "You pissed off God, you'll see what he's got."

In her Facebook note, Lady Gaga said that Westboro's message was "ignorant" and that fans should "feel gratitude in your heart that you are not burdened or addicted to hate, as they are."

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newbie1701

So ... I ask one simple question. When is America going to do the same as the Westborro Baptist Church. Protest their HATE Sermons .... and Protest at their church. Protest them the same as they protest everyone else.

January 16 2011 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
daywash123

Hopefully their leader is the reincarnation of Jim Jones.

January 15 2011 at 5:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Darlene

Let he who has not sinned, cast the first stone.....

January 11 2011 at 5:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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newbie1701

That is the problem. Phelps and his followers believe they are the people who have not sinned. They alone are going to heaven ... and everyone is doomed to hell.

January 16 2011 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Yvette

the westboro baptist church is disgusting..it is one thing to have your view and freedom to say it but to want to go picket at the funeral of a murdered 9 year old is just repulsive....I am not a lady gaga fan but glad she stands up against them and hope more people do!

January 11 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max

These people stand behind the banner of the First Amendment as if it actually protects them form what they always do. Every person =should lobby their state legislatures to pass bills restricting assemblies of persons within a certain amount of yards from an ongoing military funeral, as it would be perfectly consistent with the First Amendment. It is quite ironic that the army which these people decry is protecting their First Amendment right to spew this hate that represents no sane person in the U.S on the right or the left. The only good thing that would come about from the U.S. military being defeated and our country being under foreign control, is that no country protects free speech or religion to the extent that we do and our occupiers would probably ban their religion and send them to prison for their words. Then and only then should they be condemning our military.

August 01 2010 at 8:18 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
yzrameau

THIS GROUP WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT DOES NOT REPRESENT JESUS CHRIST OR CHRISTIANITY. THE SIGN THE PROTESTOR HAS UP IN IN DIRECT VIOLATION OF THE BIBLE WHICH IN JOHN 3:16 STATES: "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. In addition the Bible also states in 1 John 2:9 that is we say that we love God but hates his brother, then that person is a liar. Remember God is love and in love there is no shadow of darkness. We are commanded to love and through that love God draws people to himself. Lady Gaga did take the high road in this. We are commanded to pray for her and all people because God loves us all. My prayer is that this church, its leaders and followers receive the mercy of God, conviction to change and a revelation of God's love. Their actions must stop and are signs of a cult. I pray that the hand of God and His spirit moves mightily to change this congregation.

July 28 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
hotsauce

Whether or not you are a Lady Gaga fan should have no concern to this. My level of respect for Gaga went up immensely after reading her response the the WBC. Even more so when I attended one of her concerts where the WBC was picketing. Through her peaceful and non-intrusive message, she managed to collect her fans and keep them from interacting with those from Westboro Baptist. In the end, her fans took the high road. I do not feel any sort of hate to the WBC, only sorrow. I pray that one day they may see their actions against the gays, soldiers, and this nation may change.

July 23 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
undrgrndgirl

i never thought i'd respect lady gaga...but wow! i do now...

July 19 2010 at 8:51 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply
BeckTourettes

Great job Lady Gaga. I wish America had an ignore button for the entire Right Wing.

July 19 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Amy

I know this would make anyone technically just as bad as the WBC, but I would love to see people gather together and go protest outside of their house at like 2 am or while they are eating dinner. I want them to know how annoying and horrendous their intrusiveness is to everyone else. They deserve to have a taste of their own medicine. When one of them passes away, I would also like a group of picketers to show up with vile signs proclaiming that America has protected their right to free speech, but it hates them and that they deserve to burn in hell. Again, not because I think this is right, but just because I don't think they understand the way that they make these poor soldiers' families feel.

July 19 2010 at 5:54 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
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yzrameau

I hear your heart but I think if the members read the chapter in the book entitled A Divine Revelation of Hell by Mary K. Baxter and specifically the portion that talks about religious people who were judgmental and their place in hell it would wake them up tremendously. God is serious about souls and those that hinder people from coming to him so our prayer is for God to intervene in this situation and this church.

July 28 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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