Hundreds of students counter-protest church picketers

MENOMONIE, Wis. — Hundreds of people at the University of Wisconsin-Stout staged a counter-protest against members of a Kansas church who demonstrated on campus after three students were killed in a house fire.

Several people from Westboro Baptist Church picketed at the Menomonie campus, stating the three students “died for Wisconsin and Minnesota’s sins.”

Westboro Baptist Church
The Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group masquerading as a Christian church.
Led by Fred Phelps, members of this ‘church’ — who have deluded themselves into thinking that they are followers of Jesus Christ — target homosexuals and others with messages of hate.
The Westboro cult is largely know for its despicable practice of picketing funerals.
Any group of people can call itself a ‘Baptist church’ even if, as is the case with this hate group, the vast majority of Baptists reject that group’s claims.
Theologically, the hate group’s extremist views and despicable behavior mark it as a cult of Christianity
Sociologically the groups has cult-like elements as well
• Note: For obvious reasons we often file articles about this hate group under the heading of ‘Religious Insanity.’

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April C. Englund, 21, of West St. Paul, Amanda Jean Rief, 20, of Chaska, and Scott A. Hams, 23, of Hayward, Wis. died early Saturday in a fire in an off-campus duplex. The cause of the fire is under investigation and no foul play is suspected.

Church members held signs saying “God’s Wrath is Revealed” and “America is Doomed.” Westboro Baptist members have delivered similar messages while protesting outside furnerals for soldiers killed in Iraq, and on its websites,, and

Nearly 1,000 students demonstrated against the church members Thursday outside the Memorial Student Center.

Students carried signs saying “God Hates No One,” and “Hate is Sin in God’s Eyes.”

Campus and local police were present at the demonstration.

• Original title: Hundreds of Wis. students counter-protest church picketers

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