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Watch out, Justin Bieber, you're a target.

The 16-year-old Canadian pop star, who teenagers either undyingly love or massively loathe, has been singled out for protest by the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, just like his top-charting rival Lady Gaga.

When Bieber plays the Sprint Center on Wednesday night in Kansas City, fans can expect to see Westboro church members holding signs and issuing taunts. The church is known for picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan with signs reading "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates Fags" -- because they believe that as long as America countenances sin, American soldiers deserve to die.

Earlier this month, they protested at Lady Gaga concerts in St. Louis and Oklahoma City. They plan to picket her again at her Kansas City concert on Aug. 3.

The group certainly gets around. A few days after their Gaga gig in St. Louis, they picketed Al Gore and the hugely popular Comic-Con convention, both in San Diego. At the latter, they were greeted by an array of unique protesters -- "robots," magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi and even kittens. The comic book hero wannabes chanted at Westboro: "What do we want? Gay sex. When do we want it? Now!"

Neither Bieber nor his fans are a genuine threat to humanity -- not to anyone's knowledge, anyway. But Westboro strongly disagrees. Church members say they are picketing the pop star "to remind all of those in attendance that America's destruction is imminent!"

They add via their website, "There are no jobs, homes, money or hope, but you'll pay big bucks to attend rock concerts by the thousands."

The church group says that Bieber "has a platform given to him by God to speak to this world; he has a duty to teach obedience by his actions and words. He refuses to do that because he knows his concert halls would be empty! So, he teaches you to sin and rebel against God's commandments."

Bieber is also criticized for performing last Christmas in Washington where "he got to pose with Anti-Christ Beast Obama." The group writes, "He and Obama are of one mind and they are leading this nation to hell! Justin will answer to God!"

Before Lady Gaga's St. Louis concert, she advised her "little monster" fans via Facebook and Twitter to avoid the protesters:

"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."

Westboro has targeted the pop singer because she supports gay and lesbian rights. The group has also recorded parodies of two of her songs, "Pokerface" and "Telephone." Bieber, who will appear on the season premiere of the CBS drama "CSI" in September, has thus far escaped any such parodies.

Westboro Baptist Church, which is based in Kansas, was founded by Fred Phelps, 80, in the 1950s. The church has protested a litany of events -- veterans' funerals, Jewish synagogues, football games, political events, and even Michael Jackson's funeral.

Earlier this year, the father of a Marine killed in action in Iraq had to pay the legal costs of Westboro after he sued them for carrying placards bearing anti-homosexual epithets at his son's funeral. A judge ruled that the First Amendment protected their right to do so.

The group is designated as a hate group by both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Heidi Beirich, director of research at the latter, says that Westboro protests such mega-events for the attention it brings them.

"The more provocative they are, the more excited they are," she said. "They have gone after everything under the sun. They represent something terrible, but it's better to know they are there than not know."

So far, Bieber hasn't addressed his 8.2 million fans via Facebook about Westboro. His latest status mentions what is on the minds of most 16-year-old boys -- girls.
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Ashley

Westboro Baptist church is NOT an example of Christianity or Christ's Love. What a shame that they have to even be put in the category of followers of Christ. What Would Jesus Do? Well, he wouldn't be picketing the funerals of innocent victims. Weather innocent completely in life or not, they didn't deserve to die.

January 09 2011 at 4:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kevin

Justin Bieber a threat, give me a break. ----- He's a kid, 16 years old, 5'5", maybe 85lbs soaking wet. ----- Come on Westboro Church, there are more important things to worry about than Justin or Lady GaGa.

August 01 2010 at 2:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
boju30

Yes there are people out there that will follow any thing and do any thing in the name of god. you know the one al kida. talibon, timothy mcvay(speeling sucks i appoligize) 1932 the nazi's, i think i getting this across. These people are mindless automons and very cultish. if they follow the bible it must be the old testiment because the new talsk about forgivness. kindness. ext.

July 31 2010 at 8:21 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca

Wow. This group is really whacked. And its people like this that turned me away from all forms of organized religion.

July 31 2010 at 4:24 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dcm19661

Isn't Kool-aid on sale anywhere? These protesters are not what christains are supposed to act like. These people are part of a cult. They are sick individuals that are full of hatred. As for what they are protesting ...I feel to each their own its not me they have to answer to. I know whats right and wrong and I try not to judge since I don't have the authority. I like both artists songs. I listen to them on the radio. I do not support them monetarily.

July 31 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
dwillims1

I might suggest these so called Christians take a good hard look in the mirror, but I suspect there would be no reflection.

July 31 2010 at 1:05 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
jmvzl

People, christians and non-christians alike need to get a reality check that beiber and gaga are just entertainers in the secular world. If you ubject so strongly, don't give them more press promotions and feed for the fodder. They are an amusing, passing phase for the moment. Christians do not judge, they love thy nieghbor as themselves and this to shall pass. They are both young, they are focused on fleeting fame at the moment. If you feel so strong about their moral sanity, pray for them- don't throw stones. You don't know how their lives will change and maybe change the lives of others. Come on now, Justin Beiber is a cute sixteen year old tha t girls love. That is human nature at that age but doesn't mean your tween is doomed! Seems to me everyone has alot of growing up to do.

July 30 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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sandra12996

BTW I don't listen to Justin Beiber because it's not my style of music. As long as the Lady GaGa songs are not speaking of drug use or sex outside of marriage etc., then I listen to it because she is extremely talented and one of the few who have brought back the POP music to when it was good. I haven't seen her videos, and am unsure why the so called "Westboro Christians" are protesting them.

August 02 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
cherokeeonly

I am a chrisitan and trust me this group does not accurately reflect what christianity stands for. We are not a bunch of whack jobs.

July 29 2010 at 4:10 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
m96berg

wow.

July 28 2010 at 10:46 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
destiny

I dont think anyone like justin or lady gaga etc, thought people would say these things and i dont think they deserve it these just trying to live thier life their own way. Out of all the people they pick on just them? They should just keep to themselves because picketing some of these terrible things and saying stuff about dead soilders thats just rude.

July 28 2010 at 10:36 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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