A Twitter account allegedly run by Westboro Baptist church says that the congregation intends to protest the funerals of the military members killed in Chattanooga earlier this week. The account claims that God sent the shooter to kill the servicemembers and it insinuates that their murders are part of God’s punishment for America moving away from their Biblical standards.
From Times Free Press:
Claiming that God sent the gunman to the military installations in Chattanooga, Westboro Baptist on Saturday indicated that it planned to protest the funerals of the slain Marines and Sailor.
Blaming the killings in part on the acceptance of gay marriage in the U.S., the church said it would protest the funerals “with a helpful message.”
Wesboro is disgustingly out-of-line in their thinking. It sickens me to know people can be so disrespectful in light of a tragedy. Thankfully the Chattanooga community caught wind of Westboro’s plans and locals are preparing to counter the church’s picketing.
But locals have already begun planning a counter protest if Westboro does show up. A Facebook group called “Wall against Westboro” has already garnered more than 9,600 members to organize a peaceful counter protest “where we as a community show these families our admiration for their loved ones.”
In recent years, Westboro Baptist has made a name for itself by protesting the funerals of U.S. servicemen in an attempt to raise awareness of what they say is God’s vengeance for the country’s move away from what they see as Biblical standards.
In another tweet from their account, the church wrote of the dead service members: “What we know is God Hates them! The only merciful thing now is warn the living.”
This isn’t the first time the church has arranged these despicable protests. The church had also planned a protest for the funerals of the Charleston shooting victims killed in June.
I hope Westboro has a change of heart and realizes just how messed up it is to protest the funerals of the fallen military members.