Westboro Baptist Church prepares to protest Lady Gaga St. Louis concert

11:25 PM, Dec 29, 2009   |    comments
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By Jeff Small

KSDK -- Lady Gaga is one of the hottest acts in the country and her show next week at the Fox Theatre is sold out but there will be a show outside the show. Her concert is expected to draw protesters and counter protestors in St. Louis.

Among her critics, a religious group who says she is immoral among other things. Her supporters say she stands for diversity and love.

It's one of the hottest tickets in town as music fans from near and far prepare for a night at the Fox Theatre with Lady Gaga. While there's expected to be plenty to talk about on stage, outside will be no less eye rising thanks to the controversial opinions of some protestors.

"He hates homosexuals and God hates fags you understand," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, a spokeswoman for the Westboro Baptist Church.

One very outspoken group of Lady Gaga critics are members of Reverend Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. They are coming to St. Louis to protest the concert, saying Lady Gaga is immoral and pro homosexuality.

"So when she gets up there and tries to hook God with that thing He calls an abomination; if you love what God hates, then God hates you," Phelps-Roper said.

Ed Reggi, founder of Show Me No Hate, one of a dozen groups planning a counter protest in grand center.

"We come to just spread the message of peace and we see that is the best Godly message," Reggi said.

Lady Gaga fan Amy Joe Crocker is asking friends and anyone else to join her at the Fox theatre to promote peace and love and not the message she says the critics bring.

"I feel like his message his full of hate and I don't think that's right and I think we need to be there to represent the other side," said Crocker.

The sold out Lady Gaga concert is next Thursday. Sources say nationally known entertainment blogger Perez Hilton will be at the protest along with outlets including MTV.

For information on how to join a group of Lady Gaga fans who are gathering outside the Fox Theatre, contact proladygaga@hotmail.com

KSDK

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