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Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Picket Funeral of 9-Year-Old Killed in Tuscon

The Westboro lot stoop to an all time low:
 
 

Saturday the Westboro Baptist Church, always hungry for negative attention, gave thanks to their God for shooter Jared Lee Loughner. Loughner is being held for the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that took place Saturday morning at a supermarket in Tucson.

Members of Fred Phelps’s Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) plan to picket memorial services of Loughner’s victims.

A copy of their announcement can be see here.
 
We mentioned this precious angel on the blog yesterday.
 
Can people be so cruel?!

UPDATE:  Funeral pickets to be met by ‘angels’:

Tucson just isn’t that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer.

Gilmer is referring to the actions of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, which has made its name protesting the funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King.

But when the church announced its intention to picket the funeral of a 9-year-old girl – one of six people who died Saturday during the attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords – Gilmer and others put their feet down.

Tucson is a “caring, loving, peaceful community,” according to Gilmer, who said two of the six people killed were friends.

“For something like this to happen in Tucson was a really big shock to us all,” she said. “Our nightmare happened when we saw Westboro Baptist Church was going to picket the funerals.”…

CNN has the rest.

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Vatican Will Not Be Collaborating with Discovery Channel

Contrary to what was reported last week, it appears as if the Vatican will not be collaborating with Discovery Channel on the ‘The Exorcist Files’ series:

Vatican City, Jan 8, 2011 / 11:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s Press Office director Fr. Federico Lombardi has denied claims that there is any official collaboration between the Holy See and the Discovery Channel for a series called “The Exorcist Files.” Publicity for the show was “misleading.”

The network was reputed to be “teaming up with the Vatican” to recreate documented cases of haunting and possession, Inside TV said on Jan. 5. The report included several statements from Discovery Channel president W. Clark Bunting on the difficulty and nature of an apparent agreement with the Vatican [it must have just got a whole lot harder].

Bunting claimed that producers were given access into the Vatican’s case files” and that “the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television” sat for interviews with them.

“The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” said Bunting.

Fr. Lombardi’s comments, however, suggest the publicity for the show has distorted the reality.

In statements to international media on Jan. 8, he stated that no Vatican bodies are working with Discovery.
 
I deny that supposed collaboration,” he flatly told the Spanish EFE agency on Jan. 8. He called the claimed relationship “totally out of place.”

Such news is “misleading,” said Fr. Lombardi in a report from Italy’s Il Giornale. He denied any involvement with both the Pontifical Council for Social Communications and the Vatican Television Center, of which he is also director.

“Neither are the Vatican nor the Catholic Church involved in this project,” he stated.

Individual involvement was however not excluded.

CNA had the above.