Jan 12

Religious extremists banned from picketing Arizona shooting funeral

By Chris McGrealA sign left by mourners in remembrance of Christine-Taylor Green.

Westboro Baptist church planned to disrupt service for nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green

The Arizona legislature has passed emergency legislation to prevent members of a church notorious for its anti-gay, anti-Catholic views from disrupting tomorrow’s funeral of a nine-year-old victim of Saturday’s shooting.

The Westboro Baptist church in Kansas praised Jared Lee Loughner for killing six people, including Christina Taylor Green and wounding 14 others.

The church founder, Fred Phelps, posted a video in which he said: “Thank God for the violent shooter, one of your soldier heroes in Tucson – Westboro Baptist church will picket their funerals.”

The church has gained notoriety for disrupting funerals of soldiers and people who have died of Aids. It claims the deaths are a punishment for society’s tolerance of homosexuality.

The new law, proposed by a state senator, Kyrsten Sinema, keeps members of the church at least 100 metres from the funeral.


Bill Bard said…

And so it goes on, More stupid religious Bollocks.

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