There’s going to be a protest in Gardner, but no one is certain exactly what Westboro Baptist Church is protesting.
The notorious Topeka-based church plans to protest at three Gardner churches on Sunday morning. The group sent a letter to Gardner Police announcing their intentions last week.
“This is what they do. If you look at their website, they do this at churches all over the place,” Gardner Police Captain Jim Moore said. “They’ve been all over the metro for months. For whatever reason, they said, ‘tag Gardner. You’re it.’”
According to the letter to police, the group will protest Sunday morning on Oct. 28 at the First Presbyterian Church, Lifestream Church and at Fellowship Bible Church.
FBC Pastor Ty Cross said he sent an email notifying parishioners of the possible presence.
“The strongest recommendation was not to engage the people in any form or any fashion,” Cross said. “No matter how much they might want to share the love of Jesus it’s not the smart thing to do.”
Moore said there will be officers in the area in case there is any trouble.
“We’ll be able to take care of it quickly,” Moore said. “but I do not anticipate any problems.”