The God Loves Gays billboardA group is planning to defy America’s hate-mongering Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) by putting up a “God loves gays” billboard in their backyard.

Known for their virulently anti-gay campaigns asserting that “God hates fags”, WBC members have picketed at gay friendly events and even demonstrated at funerals of US soldiers who were killed in action.

The notorious Topeka, Kansas-based church, which receives a vast amount of publicity due to its extremism, claims that growing acceptance of homosexuality and same-sex marriage is leading God to punish America.

Now, a comedian behind a spoof “God” Facebook page, is trying to raise money to put up the billboard, which will assert that “God loves gays,” in the town of Topeka.

The group claims that the belief that God does not love LGBT people is an “evil lie [that] has been put into the world by bigots…”

It added: “The time has come for good people to fight back. With love! It’s time to send a message to these bigots. You want to come to other people’s funerals to promote hate? We’ll come to where you live to promote love!”

With 49 days still left in the fundraising campaign, the group has already exceeded the required funds of $50,000, which will allow the billboard to be erected for 12 months.

In December last year, the WBC threatened to travel to South Africa to picket Nelson Mandela’s funeral. It previously described Cape Town as being “fag-infested” and said that “South Africa has become Sodom.”

Its founder, Fred Phelps, died in March, but the church shows no sign of toning down its hateful rhetoric. It recently threatened to picket the funeral of Robin Williams, describing the late comic as a “fag pimp.”

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