|CHRISTINA TAYLOR GREEN (9), DOROTHY MORRIS (76) JOHN ROLL (63) PHYLLIS SCHNECK, 79, DORWIN STODDARD (76) GABE ZIMMERMAN (30)|
The Westboro Baptist Church, lead by Fred Phelps, has announced they plan on picketing the funeral of the 9 year old girl on Thursday and has given praise to the shooter for his acts. The group, comprised mainly of Phelps and his family, is well know for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan with signs with such slogans as "God Hates Fags".
This has to be one of the most horrid things I've ever heard! I heard of the WBC after they announced they were going to picket Greyhound Bus victim Tim McLean's funeral and fallen American soldiers' funerals. This is shameful!
This poor family does not need this added grief on top of losing their child. But there is hope!
The funeral is to be protected by the Tucson community and Angel Wings, a group of people planned to wear large angel wings to protect mourners from the picketers. The "angel wings" strategy goes back to the funeral of Matthew Shepherd in 1999, to protect the ceremony from the Westboro loonies. Bikers groups are forming a counter-protest and are crossing their fingers to get the Hell's Angel's to join them saying,
"Nothing says stand back and be silent like a Hell's Angels presence".
And to take it statewide, Arizona state lawmakers are working to pass a bill that would order protesters to stay 300 ft away from the funeral.
I'm not going write here what Fred Phelps has said. Here's what I have to say about the entire thing.
What did a 9 year old girl do to your "church" that they need to be there to protest at her funeral? Hasn't the family had enough heartache? Her death and the deaths of the other victims is not a spot to spew hate, make it an escapade of political finger pointing or any other matter except to remember and morn the victims of this massacre.
This is a tragedy that does not need the Westboro Baptist Church Circus to be a part of. Everyone just needs to stay home and the leave the family to mourn with dignity and peace.