I heard about this plan this morning…anyone else hear about it? What are your thoughts?
I have never agreed with funeral protesting, especially by the Westboro Baptist Church, and I love how volunteers in Arizona are planning this. It was such a terrible crime and people seriously want to (basically) spit on the dead and say the victims are being punished?!
At 6:16 pm ET, The Arizona Republic reports that both the state house and senate have unanimously passed a law creating a “funeral protection zone.” The governor is excepted to sign the bill later today.
i think that it’s pathetic that the legislature even has to deal with issues like this! Let people mourn in peace! It makes me wonder how the followers of the “church” would feel if the situation was in reverse.
The members Westboro Baptist Church are a bunch of hatemongering psychos. Thank God there has been some legislation passed to keep them away, at least in this circumstance.
If I am not mistaken, the first “Angels” that helped shield mourners from their nonsense were at the funeral of Matthew Shepard… If you haven’t heard of the play The Laramie Project, or seen the movie based on it, I highly recommend checking them out.
Thank God these crazies are the exception, not the rule. To think that they do what they do in the name of God is repulsive.
@octopus: Not sure if they’ll follow through on this, but this morning the head lady (I can’t remember her name) promised on a Toronto radio show not to picket the little girl’s funeral. The whole group is so totally off the deep end. I’m all for having your own opinion and view on things, but I’m not for hurting other people to express your POV.
Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
A local high school here in Boston has a significant gay-straight alliance group with lots of student body participation, and the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the school once. The students created a counter-protest in which they asked community members to pledge a certain number of dollars to the gay-straight alliance for every minute the WBC protested. So, if you pledged $2/minute, for example, a 60-minute picket would mean a $120 donation to the gay-straight alliance. I thought that was downright brilliant.
I saw a YouTube clip where an organizer set up a table across the street from the WBC protestors to take donations to organizations that the WBC specifically picketted/spoke out against. Then, he donated the money to that group listing the WBC as the benefactor. Genius!
Westboro “church” isn’t a really church. It’s a family that’s a bunch of lawyers, they research the law, protest funerals to tick people off, and sue whenever anybody (individuals or cities) do anything against them or the laws of protest.
I find what they do despicable, preying on mourning families for their own monetary benefit.