Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church announced Wednesday on Twitter that it would picket Moore Liquor on April 5 in response to the sign.
The protesters from Westboro will visit the liquor store in Moore on their way to protest a church in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 6, the church said on Twitter.
“Kisses to @MooreLiquor for reminding Oklahomans #godh8sfags! See ya April 5!,” Westboro wrote on its Twitter account in a subsequent message also sent to local media on Thursday. The church also tweeted a link to a photo of the Moore Liquor marquee, along with a picture of a Westboro picketer carrying an upside down American flag and holdings signs that say “WBC love fest” and “God H8s Mockers.”
Kerr said he is welcoming counter-protesters to the shop on April 5 to greet Westboro members if they show up. He’s already been brainstorming ideas for a new marquee sign to greet Westboro Baptist.
“We’ve thought up a cute message that will be specially for them,” he said.
Church pastor's reaction
Jonathan Phelps, one of Fred Phelps’ 13 children, said Westboro Baptist Church is now controlled by a group of eight pastors, including himself.
Jonathan Phelps said he was not offended by the Moore Liquor sign but that the church feels compelled to visit Moore and picket if there will be a large audience of counter protesters.
“We can’t disappoint them,” he said.
The Moore sign celebrating his father’s death with a Champagne sale is “pretty tame compared to what we’ve seen since we picked up our signs,” Jonathan Phelps said. “We’ve been treated in the most disgusting ways imaginable.”
Jonathan Phelps said he didn’t know an exact time the protesters would visit the store but said it probably would be between 10 and 11 a.m. April 5.