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.
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.”…
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