The Westboro Baptist Church has released a video that includes footage of members of its congregation holding signs that read “We love gays” and “No more gays in this country.”
The group has a history of making inflammatory, homophobic statements and claims that gay people commit acts of terrorism.
As The Atlantic reported in 2016, members of the church claimed to have burned crosses in response to the deadly attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in June 2016.
The church has since apologized and apologized again.
The Westborough Baptist Church is located in the Boston area, which has a long history of anti-gay bigotry.
The group’s website says it’s dedicated to spreading a “message of love and understanding,” and it says it was founded in 1993 by televangelist Pat Robertson.
The video released by the church on Sunday was shot on a video camera at a church in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts.
In the video, members are seen in a meeting hall wearing black bandanas and masks, which they use to cover their faces and mouths.
Members of the Westboro church are notorious for their protests and protests against homosexuality.
In 2014, the group staged a sit-in outside a Massachusetts hospital where a gay man was being treated for a cancer diagnosis.
A year earlier, they staged a protest outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in North Carolina, a city with a high number of LGBT residents.
In 2015, the Westborough church held a protest against the funeral of an alleged gay man who had died of cancer.
In 2016, they held a rally in Boston, protesting the funerals of two other gay men who had been killed in recent years.
A Westboro representative, who did not want to be named, told The Atlantic in 2016 that the church was not homophobic.
“We have no issues with gay people,” the spokesperson said.
“All we’re trying to do is tell you what we believe about God and love and peace.”
The church claims to have about 30,000 members.