20 February 2009
Christians speak out against Westboro Baptist's Hatred
Six Christian organisations and denominations have produced a
joint statement in response to the proposed visit of Westboro
Baptist Church to picket in the UK. A joint statement
"We are dismayed that members of Westboro Baptist Church (based in Kansas, USA and not associated with the Baptist Union of Great Britain) might picket the performance of The Laramie Project in Basingstoke on Friday.
"We do not share their hatred of lesbian and gay people. We believe that God loves all, irrespective of sexual orientation, and we unreservedly stand against their message of hate toward those communities.
"Neither the style nor substance of their preaching expresses the historic, orthodox Christian faith. And we ask that the members of Westboro Baptist Church refrain from stirring up any more homophobic hatred in the UK or elsewhere."
Baptist Union of Great Britain
Evangelical Alliance UK
The Methodist Church of Great Britain
Theos: the public theology think tank
United Reformed Church