Westboro Baptist Church members Gabriel Phelps-Roper, 10, and his sister Grace Phelps-Roper, 13, both of Topeka, Kan., protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder in Westminster, Md., on March 10, 2006. The church, labeled as a hate group by some national organizations, says that it plans to picket in front of Maui High School on Friday to protest a transgender athlete playing on a girls volleyball team. AP file photo
Maui Baptist churches are denouncing and disassociating themselves from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, a widely recognized hate group that has announced plans to protest at Maui High School on Friday.
“It’s sad that people who claim to represent Christ would do so so poorly,” Jay Armstrong, lead pastor at