why does westboro baptist church protest funerals
The infamous announced plans to demonstrate outside of an Orlando church while funerals for two victims of the nightclub shootings are underway. б
community leaders are calling for a counter protest to dampenб the shouts of the WBC protestors, who became known for their hate speech against homosexuals. The WBC said they plan to protest beginning Saturday morningб at the Cathedral Church of St Luke. БWe are asking that the community form a counter protest to block out the WBC at this location,Б said Terry DeCarlo, executive director of the GLBT Community Center. б Mr DeCarlo told the Orlando Sentinel the The Center obtained a permit to counter protest on the other side of the street, so as to prevent grieving family members from seeing and hearing the WBC protest. б БI'm not surprised evil reared its ugly head,Б Mr DeCarlo said. БWe'll make sure they are not heard. Б Orlando Police did not indicate whether or not WBC obtained a permit for their protest. б "Westboro Baptist Church does not need a permit if they intend to have fewer than 100 people come to town," a spokesperson for the department toldб The Independent. " In the past they have brought only a handful. " The WBC issued a statement on Thursday announcing the protest of the funerals, with an image of a sign that proclaims, БGod sent the shooter.
Б Their protests generally consist of claims that tragedyБs happen to victims as a penance of sorts. БNo coincidence that God is smacking Orlando with grievous sorrow, killing your children with shooters and alligators, when you are about to belly up to БfatherБs dayБ! Б the WBC said in a statement. БDONБT DO IT! Your faithless dads are to blame for your horrible sorrow. Б Now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants boldness, that we may speak Thy word. Б Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the Kansas-based organisation as extremist hate group, and say that they are Бarguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America. Б But the GLBT Center plans to not let the WBC steer them away. Counter protesters are expected to bring homemade angel wings and supportive signs to obscure the signs of the extremist group.
БLetБs shower them with our love,Б Mr DeCarlo asked of his community. б БWe have the ability to counter this hate and show the world once again why we are the City Beautiful and we cannot be broken by hate and those that would challenge our way of life. Б Westboro Baptist Church has issued a saying it will protest the funeral of slain Sgt. Dillon Baldridge in Ashe County on Friday. Baldridge, of Youngsville, was one of three soldiers killed in a June 10 operation in Afghanistan. National reports said the soldiers were killed by an Afghan soldier in an apparent inside attack. The Taliban took responsibility for the attack. БDillon Baldridge gave his life for the Constitutional right of WBC to warn America,Б the statement from Westboro Baptist Church said. БTo deny us our First Amendment rights to warn our neighbors is to declare to the world that Dillon died in vain, and that America is a nation of proud, sodomite hypocrites. Б A representative from BaldridgeБs family could not be reached for comment.
Westboro Baptist Church, considered a hate group by the, is known for its anti-LGBTQ rhetoric, inflammatory signs and protests at funerals for fallen soldiers. The group links the deaths of military members to an acceptance of LGBTQ rights, and claims the deaths happen because of GodБs wrath. БThese soldiers are dying for the homosexual and other sins of America,Б the statement said. БGod is now AmericaБs enemy, and God Himself is fighting against America. Б The Kansas-based group has been the subject of free speech debates in recent years. In 2011, the Supreme Court the churchБs speech and picketing of funerals were protected under the First Amendment. Congress later passed the Honoring AmericaБs Veterans Act in response to the Supreme Court ruling, adding restrictions to the groupБs protesting. The act enforced a distance protesters can picket funerals for fallen soldiers. Westboro Baptist ChurchБs statement said the group will protest outside of the auditorium where the public funeral is being held and in a Бlawful proximityБ of the service.
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