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Friday 28 November 2014

Westboro Baptist Church to picket One Direction concert, claim band are 'crotch-grabbing little perverts'

Evangelical group recently labelled Taylor Swift a 'whore'

Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Fisher / Rex Features (2157356dr)
One Direction - Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Zayn Malik, and Harry Styles
The Brit Awards, Press Room, O2 Arena, London, Britain - 20 Feb 2013
One Direction
Zayn Malik
Louis Tomlinson
Niall Horan
Zayn Malik
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One Direction
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The band One Direction in wax form at Madame Tussauds
One Direction waxworks and tissue attendant
07.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band. One Direction entered through the supply entrance and the gates were shut to the public
07.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band. One Direction entered through the supply entrance and the gates were shut to the public
07.03.13. PICTURE BY DAVID FITZGERALD One Direction fans outside the back of the Odyssey Arena trying to catch a glimpse of the band. One Direction entered through the supply entrance and the gates were shut to the public
Northern Ireland- 10th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Left to right. Fans from Holywood and Belfast Lauren Dowle(13), Holly Chambers(13) and Keira Gray(11)
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Liam Payne One Direction pictured in the Culloden Hotel by Sara Girvan. Sunday Life News
Sunday Life News Young One Direction fans huddle in under their umbrellas at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood. Picture Colm O'Reilly 09-03-2013
Sunday Life News Young One Direction fans huddle in under their umbrellas at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood. Picture Colm O'Reilly 09-03-2013
Sunday Life News Young One Direction fans huddle in under their umbrellas at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood. Picture Colm O'Reilly 09-03-2013
Sunday Life News Young One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood. Picture Colm O'Reilly 09-03-2013
Sunday Life News A One Direction fan waits at the Culloden Hotel, Holywood to catch a glimps of the group. Picture Colm O'Reilly 09-03-2013
Northern Ireland- 8th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. One Direction fans at the Odyessy Arena for the second night of the bands four night shows at the venue. Left to right. Diane Heron with her daughters Carla(13) and Emma(16) along with Jade(13) and her mother Sonya Crothers.
Band member Niall Horan pictured getting on the their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-03-2013: One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage for the first of four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland. Band member Liam Payne, pictured getting on the their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-03-2013: One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage for the first of four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland. Band member Niall Horan pictured getting on the their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-03-2013: One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage for the first of four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland. Band member Zayn Malik pictured getting on the their tour bus at the The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-03-2013: One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage for the first of four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland. Mum Julie Yasmin and little Checoby Rainey from Donaghadee pictured after meeting Harry from the Band. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Pacemaker Press Belfast 07-03-2013: One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage for the first of four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland. One Direction Fans pictured at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 10/03/2013 One Direction mania is taking Belfast by storm at The Culloden Estate & Spa near Belfast on sunday. The excitement is at fever pitch among young girls as their pop idols take to the stage again during four much-anticipated gigs at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast Northern Ireland Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/03/2013 One Directions fans Hannah McClure and Katlyn Bradshaw queue at the Odyssey Arena before the concert in Belfast on thursday night Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 07/03/2013 One Directions fans queue at the Odyssey Arena before the concert in Belfast on thursday night Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Northern Ireland- 10th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. Fans from Lisburn.
Northern Ireland- 10th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.
Northern Ireland- 10th March 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. One Direction fans at the Culloden Hotel outside Holywood ahead of the bands third night out of four at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast.

The Westboro Baptist Church in the United States is to picket a One Direction concert because they believe the British boy band are “crotch-grabbing little perverts”.

In a statement titled ‘God hates fag enablers,’ Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) said it will picket line One Direction's July concert in Kansas.

The group said it believes the boy band are “a perfect representation of this filthy world and the sin-chasing, fag-enabling, Christ-rejecting UK who has banned WBC from preaching within her borders.”

The religious group added: “These freaks and their fans think it’s funny for these five perverts to grab each other’s asses on stage. They glamorise sin and mock of God’s standards. Their one purpose is to encourage the youth of this generation to pursue every lust their evil hearts can imagine.”

In an effort to spread its message, Westboro Baptist Church has created a parody of One Direction’s number one single "One Thing".

The evangelical group’s rendition starts: “We’ll be playing it cool/ When God’s wrath is on you/ None of you will be brave/ When god ends this human race.”

Its chorus continues: “Get all those lies right out of your head/ Focus on obeying instead/ You know, you know, you know what it is/ Obeying that one thing.”

Westboro Baptist Church’s public condemnation of One Direction comes days after the group called Taylor Swift a “whore” and promised to picket line her concert in August.

The group said the singer: “works her ‘girl next door’ country-singer shtick, while hopping from one young man to the next and strutting across the world stage like a proud whore.”

Founded in 1955, the Westboro Baptist Church believes God will punish the West for its acceptance of homosexuality. The group has picketed dozens of funerals of US servicemen in the belief that war is God’s way of punishing America for its ‘evil’ acts.

The evangelical group was the focus of Louis Theroux’s 2007 documentary The Most Hated Family in America, in which the filmmaker followed the church’s famous leader Fred Phelps, who pioneered the group’s defining slogan “God hates fags.”

In 2012 the Westboro Baptist Church picket lined a Missouri school production of The Laramie Project, a play about the murder of gay student Matthew Shepherd at the University of Wyoming.

The church threatened to picket line a 2009 British production of the play in Basingstoke, but the group was banned from entering the UK.

Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptist Church website live

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