Do the KKK and Westboro Baptist Church get arrested when they’re throwing around hate speech and protesting funerals, or is that only reserved for black people asking to have their humanity recognized?
When students at Texas A&M found out that the Westboro Baptist Church was planning a protest at the funeral of a soldier who was killed in active duty, they formed a "maroon wall" around the church to shelter the family and friends of the fallen soldier.
Hateful as ever, the Westboro Baptist Church planned yesterday to protest the funeral of Christopher Leinonen, who died in the Orlando Pulse shooting.
But the community was prepared; members of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater created literal angel wings out of linen, a symbol that’s been used to keep funeral protesters away since the death of Matthew Shepard, for people to wear to keep Westboro members out.
More than 200 counter-protesters showed up to protect those in mourning, and Westboro left. (via Mic and BBC)
people are like “yeah Fred Phelps was awful but be considerate of his family who are mourning his death, they just lost someone” like okay do you not know that he was the leader of a family based church organization who protest the funerals of soldiers who have served our country because “god hates fags” and said that the man who did the Sandy Hook shooting, where 28 innocent children and adults were killed, was “a man sent from God to punish the state of Connecticut for being one of the first states to allow fag marriage” and planned to picket the funerals of the victims and “sing of God’s victory” like no I refuse to feel remorse for this awful human being and his awful family goodbye
On Memorial Day, 2011 three members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrived at Arlington National Cemetery to protest the funerals of fallen soldiers. Opposing them were ten members of the Knights of the Southern Cross, a Virginia branch of the Ku Klux Klan, who had arrived to counter-protest the Westboro Baptist Church.
Westboro Baptist Church gives in (a little) on funeral protests
good Westboro Baptist Church promised not to protest the funeral of nine-year-old Christina Green after Arizona passed a law against their protests. They made a deal with a radio host in exchange for airtime.
bad However, the WBC still plans to protest the other funerals in the wake of the Tucson shootings, because clearly it’s still OK to protest a random person’s funeral when they’re older than nine. source
Westboro Baptist Church Protests Against Funerals for Orlando Shooting Victims
The anti-gay church — known for protesting the funerals of U.S. service members and notable gay people — said in a statement posted on its website that “God sent the shooter.”
So meet angels guard against Westboro Baptist at funerals for Orlando shooting victims
Too much hate towards gay community! These people died a tragic death.
So I don’t understand what they are trying to accomplish by picketing at a gay funeral?
I can’t understand how this cult is still able to get away with what they do. This is America, we live in a free country (that’s what they tell us), but actually this is the greatest lie!
They kill people for their sexual orientation and then don’t let to bury them with respect.
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A Palestinian protester takes position near a burning tire amidst tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes, following the funeral of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Dec11 2014 Ammar Awad/Reuters
I just learned that Westboro will be in my state (Greensboro, to be exact) protesting the funeral of a guy who went to high school with me. He died overseas while fighting in the war.
I don’t necessarily agree with war, not in the slightest, but to protest a funeral?? That’s so low. I know they’ve done it before, but still, it’s hitting really close to home. Strange to think of people who went to the same school you did dying, even if you didn’t know them well.