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Churches to protest anti-gay message

In addition to preaching anti-gay messages, WBC officials say they believe Barack Obama is the anti-Christ and that God will soon destroy the world, killing everyone except a select few.

The message the WBC plans to bring to Albany is the same as every location the church visits, said Phelps-Roper.

"Our nation is one that is cursed of God," she said.

She said she learned about the "cluelessness" of Albany's residents after the church had visited the area last summer. After hearing some members preach, some residents responded.

"They came out there to contend with us, to tell us it's OK to be gay," said Phelps-Roper, who described Albany as "fast-paced" and said that the church responded by saying it is not OK.

"We have to get in and get out," she said of the visit to the high school and college students. "Don't think for a second that all those brutes don't know we're going to be there."

While the church has only visited Albany once before, Phelps-Roper said it is just another stop on their tour of "the main streets of doomed America."

For information about the peaceful protest efforts on Friday, March 6, or the candlelight vigil on Thursday, March 5, contact the Rev. Bruce Cornwell at Bruce@godislovealbany.org or the Rev. Tony Green at Tony@godislovealbany.org, or visit www.godislovealbany.org.

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