Westboro plans Malibu church protests

Pastor Greg Hughes presides over the first service in the newly opened Malibu Presbyterian Church—now Malibu Pacific Church—which reopened in 2013 after its building burned in the 2007 Malibu Canyon Fire.

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is planning a picket of three churches in Malibu on Sunday, Feb. 24—Malibu Presbyterian, Waveside Church and Our Lady of Malibu, according to a release from the group. 

Westboro, an independent Baptist group based out of Topeka, Kansas, is known for extremely radical and homophobic views, and also picketing military funerals, movie sets and other religious establishments. 

WBC alleges that Malibu Presbyterian was “burned to ground by an angry God in the 2007 wildfires for their disobedience to His standards.” It describes Our Lady of Malibu as a “Catholic Pedophile machine masquerading as a church” and criticized Waveside Church’s messages of equality, writing “the only people welcome at Waveside are those that will tell each other is it is OK to sin their lives away.”  

The pickets are scheduled for Feb. 23 between 8:45 and 11 a.m.

The group also plans on protesting at Santa Monica High School on Feb. 25 to warn students of the “truth which their parents, teachers and preachers try desperately to hide from them.”