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Waveside Church: The Less Attention Given to Westboro Protesters, The Better

Pastor Dave Dowler responds to reports that the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, a fundamentalist anti-gay group known for protesting military funerals, is coming to Malibu.

A Malibu pastor said this week he believes the reasons behind the Westboro Baptist Church's plans to protest three Malibu churches next week are 'out of context.'

The pickets are planned for 8:45 to 11 a.m. Feb. 24, starting at Malibu Presbyterian Church, moving to Waveside Church and ending at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church.

The Kansas-based group, which is also planning protests Santa Monica High School and at the Academy Awards, has taken issue issue with Waveside Church's message that all are welcome, posting: "Does this mean they will welcome WBC members with their glorious picket signs of Gospel truth? Something tells me this is a lie and the only people welcome at Waveside are those that will tell each other is it is OK to sin their lives away."

The group regularly plans protests but fails to show up. When the demonstrations are held, they often draw counter-protests.

Pastor Dave Dowler of Waveside Church said in a statement that he believes the group uses Google searches and takes information out of context.

Dowler said:

Fortunately for those of us in Malibu, we know our own, so a group from the outside cannot sway us from our commitment to each other and our local community. It appears that this group takes Google searches and uses the information out of context to support their agenda.

The apostle Paul stated in the second chapter of Romans that it’s the goodness of God that leads people to repentance (change of mind), not malicious condemnation.

I would encourage everyone to go about their Sunday undeterred by this brief distraction and know that the less attention we give it the better.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which contracts with the city of Malibu for its policing services, has said it is aware of the protest plans.

Christine Weis February 16, 2013 at 02:53 PM
The Pastor is so right! Ignore them; like ill behaved children. If they disrupt church services, they should be removed; same as anyone else would be. I will never understand groups who promote hated in the name of God.
Billy Valentine February 16, 2013 at 05:40 PM
The "Reverend" Fred Phelps is a disbarred former lawyer who stole client monies. More than half of his cult flock are family members. Nearly all of his children and their spouses are lawyers who chase ambulances and sue people who try to prevent the cult from stealing their peace. They have been protesting for nearly THIRTY YEARS...and ignoring them hasn't deterred them in the slightest. Part of the solution is prayer. The other part involves out-of-work Teamsters. All of this is of course...just my opinion.
R Y A N February 16, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Sounds like this group likes to travel and somehow qualify their expenses as tax-deductible worship. They seem to gravitate toward media coverage, celebrities, and wealth. Will they stop in Bakersfield, Folsom, and Hemet?
John Kingsbury February 16, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Billy, Thanks for the info. Seems that they need God's love more than the average sinner. Let them come to church and receive God's grace. John

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