Expert: Kansas church protesters unlikely to show

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by Your Alaska Link News Team

An expert on hate groups says it's unlikely social protesters from a Topeka, Kan., church will show up in Anchorage to picket two events, despite their announcements to do so.

The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center and ChangePoint, a nondenominational church, on June 1.

Reports say that Southern Poverty Law Center senior fellow Mark Potok says Westboro has a long history of scheduling pickets, but actually attends less than half of them.

A local group has formed to counter-protest Westboro pickets in Anchorage.

In a flyer, Westboro says ChangePoint churchgoers are "lukewarm 'Christians.'" Of the heritage center, Westboro says there is nothing "appealing or holy about the 'heritage' of eleven 'distinct cultures' or 'distinct population' of Alaska."