Westboro Baptist Church protests move from Elizabeth City to Kill Devil Hills

Posted at 10:00 PM, May 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-01 18:59:29-04

Elizabeth City, NC - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church moved their protests to Kill Devil Hills on Monday.

The group protested outside of First Flight High School just one day after a handful of members protested outside of several churches in Elizabeth City.

They are known for the intolerance of gay people and their controversial protests at funerals for soldiers.

Their Elizabeth City demonstration caused a counter-protest and dozens of people came out against the group.

Vivian Gould is against the Westboro Baptist Church.

"We need to come together as humanity to stop this hate," Vivian Gould.

Gould feels sorry for the members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

"I don't find them disgusting. I pity them because they don't understand the word love," said Gould.

Westboro Baptist Church leader Shirley Phelps-Roper said, "They all say the big lie that God loves everyone, comforting all these foolish people in their sins."

Phelps-Roper said they are protesting priests who sexually abuse children.

Rebekah Phelps-Roper said, "The churches are responsible for the lies that are propagated, but the media also propagates the lies that God loves everyone, that you can live however you want and you can live however you want and still go to heaven."

Elizabeth City Resident Cindy Johnson said, "Your hate is out numbered by love."

Another woman said, "For me, it's not about WBC right now.  It's about the people in my community who are targets of their hateful message."