Westboro’s announcement, made by Margie Phelps and Shirley Phelps-Roper, adds that the church will “sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgement.”
The announcement by the controversial church from Topeka, Kansas comes less than one day after 27 people were killed in a mass murder perpetrated by suspected shooter Adam Lanza. Twenty children lost their lives in the massacre.
The tweets put out by Sandy and Margie were met with several outcries. One user, @GoGetMyCoffee, responded by saying, “You are one of the most disgusting people on Earth,@DearShirley. I wish it was you and your hate group instead of those beautiful children.”
The Examiner notes that Westboro Baptist Church has been banned from picketing at several places, though a Supreme Court ruled that the group is allowed to picket funerals. Despite the ruling, several communities and states have passed the laws that require picketers to remain a certain distance away from the funeral.
Clytemnestra with The Daily Kos writes of the decision by Westboro Baptist Church to picket the Sandy Hook elementary school shootings:
“Before reading that they would be there, I had made a decision that if I found out they were going to be there, I would [be] one of those lining the streets to that the vile Westboro Baptist Church has no place to stand and picket. With cane and folding chair if I have to.”
Along with announcing they would picket the site of the Newtown elementary school shooting, members of the Westboro Baptist Church sent out a series of tweets about the shooting, saying:
Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.
— Shirley Phelps-Roper (@DearShirley) December 15, 2012
— MargiePhelps (@MargieJPhelps) December 15, 2012
— Fred Phelps Jr (@WBCFredJr) December 15, 2012
Praise God! You raise the children to rebel against God. You know better. Now, the worst grade school shooting in US History. #FagMarriage
— Shirley Phelps-Roper (@DearShirley) December 14, 2012
It is understandably unthinkable to have a group blame gay marriage for the terrible shootings that took place at Sandy Hook elementary school on Friday. Do you think that the move by Westboro Baptist Church to picket the site of the elementary school shooting and praise God for the deaths of children is worse than the decisions they have made in the past? Should there be a law preventing groups like this from picketing funerals with arguably hateful messages?