Westboro Baptist and Vince Gill: Country Star Blasts Controversial Group (VIDEO)
Sep 11, 2013 11:46 AM EDT
Before his concert in Kansas City, Mo. on Sunday, country star Vince Gill confronted Westboro Baptist members who called the singer an adulterer for being divorced and getting remarried, USA TODAY reported.
The taped confrontation begins with Gill, 56, approaching the church critics and a woman asking, "Vince Gill, what in the world are you doing out here? But, more importantly, what are you doing with another man's wife?" to which he replied, "I just came to see what hate looked like."
Gill continued to question the protesters and made a reference to their leader, Fred Phelps, and asked "Are any of you guys Phelpses? Or are you guys like the C team?"
The encounter between Gill and the protesters became heated after they called him an adulterer.
"Don't you know that you f**kers are lucky that you don't have a sign that says something about my wife?" Gill responded after their adultery comment. "You know what else [Jesus Christ] said? He said a lot of stuff about forgiveness, about grace. You guys don't have any of that."
The country singer divorced Janis Oliver, singer of Sweethearts in the Rodeo, in 1998 and has been married to singer/songwriter Amy Grant since 2000. Grant, who has expressed support for her gay fans, was previously married to Christian musician Gary Chapman.
The fringe church updated their Twitter account to announce their protest at Gill's show and later tweeted the video of the incident to other country stars, like Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood.
According to the group's website, they listed their upcoming protests including a Mumford & Sons concert and two Florida high schools. They also protested at a Michael Buble concert the same day as Gill's.
Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization, announced their plan to make the Westboro Baptist Church compound the center of their upcoming parade to raise money for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) equality.