Westboro Baptist Church protests at National Weather Center in Norman

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NORMAN, Okla. – The Westboro Baptist Church appeared at the National Weather Center in Norman Thursday morning, protesting meteorology, weather science as well as homosexuality.

According to the church’s picket schedule, the theme of the protest was its stance on meteorology and the science of weather in relation to God’s will.

“We are winding down the affairs of this earth and in the wrapping up of the affairs of this life there must be some truth. You enjoy the blessings of God when you look at nature, but you refuse to see what is in front of you, or to give God the glory for it! Instead you pawn off His judgments to your great god mother nature. It will not go well for you in the day of judgment when you stand before your God and have no explanation for serving the creature rather than the creator. For that is what you do when you turn to idols. Who sends the earthquakes? Who sends the fires? Who sends the hurricanes? You are powerless to stop any of it, as you are powerless to stop the God who sent them. Wake up! Repent while you can or Perish like those before you. Obey today!”

In addition to the picket signs and yelling, the protest also consisted of popular songs rewritten with anti-homosexual lyrics, according to OU Daily.


The protest took place upon the arrival of the Society of Environmental Journalists. The group, which pursues more effective coverage of environmental issues, is conducting a four-day conference at the center.

The church had pre-planned picketing the group, saying the “journalists of this country … use their power to push their own … agenda.”

“The Lord willing, WBC to picket the Society of Environmental Journalists.  The journalists of this country have been given a duty and a great power by the Lord their God to publish the truth to the people. Instead they use their power to push their own and any other agenda that will soothe the consciences and lusts of the people.”

There were also counter-protests in response to and against the church, involving many University of Oklahoma students as participants.


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