Kan. Church to Picket Funeral of 9 Year-Old Tucson shooting
Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church announced his group will protest at the funeral of Christina-Taylor Green who was gunned down in Tucson.
On Jan. 10, 2011, Fred Phelps, pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas, issued a press release on the church’s “God hates fags” website announcing that the group will picket the funeral of 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, the little girl who was shot to death in the mass murder in front of a Safeway store in Tucson Arizona.
The group, comprised mainly of Phelps and his family members are infamous for picketing the funerals of American soldiers who died in Iraq or Afghanistan while in the service of their country. According to the beliefs of this independent church, God kills these soldiers because the United States tolerates homosexuality. Picketers hold signs with such slogans as “God hates fags” and “You’re going to hell” while these funerals are taking place..
Phelps and his church members hate everyone who does not accept their own peculiar religious beliefs. While their most virulent hatred is reserved for gays and lesbians, Jews, Catholics and other religions are also the objects of their vitriol.
“The child is better off dead…”
According to the press release, Christina Greene [sic] deserved to die and God sent the shooter “to deal with idolatrous America.” Little Christina-Taylor’s sin? She was born and raised in the Catholic Church.
Phelps and his twisted family believe that Catholics deserve to die because they are perverts who pay salaries to pedophile rapists. Catholics celebrate Christmas which according to the Westboro Baptist Church is nothing more a “pagan orgy of rebellion.” As well, although divorce is wrong, Catholics simply call it an annulment.
Phelps and his brood also take the view that although the bible says there shall be “no sodomy”, Catholics say that it is okay to be gay.
Phelps Praises Alleged Shooter, Jared Loughner
Shortly after the Tucson shooting, Fred Phelps recorded a video and posted it on YouTube. The video begins with the promise that the funerals of all those who died or will die from the mass murder in Arizona will be picketed by members of the Westboro Baptist Church.
Phelps praises Jared Loughner who he described as an Afghanistan veteran. Although there were rumours shortly after Loughner was identified, that he had some connection to the military, these reports turned out to be false. Loughner was never in the military and certainly not a war veteran. Facts don’t seem to as important and trying to disgrace the memory of a little girl to the pastor.
On the video, Phelps thanks God for the violent shooter. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords deserved to be shot because she voted for laws Congress passed that oppose the Westboro Baptist Church. And she also believes in sin.
Federal judge John M. Roll deserved to die because another federal court judge in Baltimore brought a case against Phelps and the church. Rolls merely paid the price for the sins of this other federal judge.
Phelps refers to Sarah Palin, who he describes as a witch, for having put Congresswoman Giffords in her crosshairs. The pastor tells people not to worry about Palin but to worry about God who has them in His crosshairs.
The clip ends with Phelps praying for more shootings, more violent veterans and more dead.
Funeral to be Protected by Angel Wings
After the Westboro Church announced it would picket the funeral of Christina-Taylor, CNN reported that a group of people planned to wear large angel wings to protect mourners from the picketers.
One of the organizers of this “angel action” was quoted as saying, “You don’t mess with Tucson.”
Christina-Taylor’s funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 13, 2011.
WOW! wonder how much bullets I would need to "take care of" fundamentals nutjobs ?
in the same relations :X
The lunatics from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church have agreed to not protest the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Greene, who was one of six people killed in Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, in exchange for air time on Canadian and Phoenix radio stations.
As we reported Monday, the group said it planned to protest Greene's funeral. Tuesday, the group gave New Times a nonsensical reason why. Read about that rant here.
According to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal, the group will skip Greene's funeral in Tucson on Thursday in exchange for air time on 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Canada, and an
interview with KXXT-AM in Phoenix on Saturday morning.
KXXT-AM is a "Christian" radio station -- which is interesting given the views of the WBC. The station did not immediately respond to an email to confirm whether it had agreed to put these whackos on the air.
The group's decision to bail on the protest comes a day after the Arizona legislature passed a law preventing people from protesting at funerals, which is interesting considering some of the comments made by one of the group's leaders to New Times.
"You think you can run God off the corner with your stupid laws?" Shirley Phelps-Roper asked New Times.
"[Our] stupid laws" may not keep God off the corner -- but they certainly help in keeping raving lunatics away. Although, the group says it still plans to protest the funeral of Federal Judge John Roll, who was also killed in the attack. According to the new law, however, they
will do so from at least 300 feet away.