Warped Tour 2017 attendees were welcomed with the hateful signs and religious music of protestors from Westboro Baptist Church at the festival’s stop in Kansas City on July 27th.
Some of the bands, including Stick to Your Guns, I Prevail, and Blackcraft Spirits took it upon themselves to reciprocate the love to protestors by making shirts that boldly read “F*** Westboro Baptist Church”, “Some people are Trans; Get over it”, and other rebellious phrases. Eric Vanlerburger and Brian Burkheiser of the hardcore band I Prevail even swapped a generous amount of spit directly in front of a protestor whose shirt advertised the church’s website domain “GodHatesFags.com”. Vanlerburger shared the photo on his twitter with the caption “Love will always … win”.
A representative of the church released this statement to the press in regard to their protest of Warped Tour:
“Our young generation believes they can make a game of sin and mock God but suffer no consequences. The modern lifestyle of decadent hedonism leads to eternal misery as the wages of sin are death. The youth of this doomed nation set up these rock stars like golden idols of old that God warned us about. These musicians and celebrities are not worthy of worship and adulation. They have no power to save your soul from eternal hellfire. Instead of learning the lyrics and chords to these songs, focus on learning what the Lord requires of you.”
The elitists of Westboro Baptist Church, which is located in Topeka, Kansas travel as far as California to spread unwarranted hate at festivals and concerts ranging in genre from rock to rap. They proudly promote their protest schedule at GodHatesFags.com. Their upcoming schedule includes picketing at Green Day, Kendrick Lamar, and Bruno Mars concerts in Kansas City.