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Kansas church to protest Alaska Native center

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A Topeka, Kan., church known for protesting at the funerals of soldiers says it plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1.

The Westboro Baptist Church says in an online flyer published Sunday that it plans to send protesters to the center because “God hates your idols.”

The plans are triggering talk of a counter protest, prompting a Facebook group to launch for that purpose.

The Westboro flyer says there is nothing “appealing or holy about the ‘heritage’ of eleven ‘distinct cultures’ or ‘diverse population’ of Alaska.”

Church members are known for holding protests at funerals to highlight their belief that God is punishing the nation for its acceptance of homosexuality, regardless of whether the deceased person was gay.

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