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Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Webster Firefighter Funerals

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The Westboro Baptist Church, who picket the funerals of dead soldiers and murdered children, is planning to picket the funerals of the two firefighters who were shot in the line of duty trying to put out a fire set by William Spengler. Spengler set the fire then started shooting at the first responders who showed up to the scene. Mike Chiapperini and Tomasz Kaczowkan were shot and killed when they showed up to the fire on December 24th. Firefighters Theodore Scardino and Joseph Hoftsetter were also shot but survived. Spengler shot and killed himself before being captured.

Prior to this incident, Spengler had spent 17 years in prison for murdering his grandmother with a hammer.

Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Margie Phelps tweeted:

“They died for idolatrous worship-of-the-dead.”

Phelps included information about the funeral arrangements and the hashtag #PicketFunerals.

Hundreds of anti Westboro Baptist Church citizens are planning to show up to the funerals and form a human wall around the funeral processions so that the families will not be bothered by protests. Twitter user @donna­_STFU made it clear to Phelps the town of Rochester would band together in the same way if Westboro Baptist Church attempts to picket the funerals for the slain firefighters.

The Inquisitr is also reporting that the infamous hacker group Anonymous recently upped the stakes against the Westboro Baptist Church by hacking into their website and posting the details of all their members online so that people could target the individuals who support the church.

A petition is currently posted to the White House website to recognize the Westboro Baptist church as a hate group. The petition is the most popular one ever posted to the site.

Do you think the government should recognize the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group?

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71 Responses to “Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Webster Firefighter Funerals”

  1. Kean Missy Joyce

    these people are nuts. who r they to judge their not god or anything close to god. thanks you crazy people ill be way behind you guys when it comes time to face your maker. I'm not perfect but you people make me look that way. sickos

  2. Shelley Perri

    I think the president should have done something about this group years ago. These people are evil and need to be jail for blaten disrespect of family and love and god. They've been doing this crap for years. That proves my point about Obama, why would he do anything, it mite interfer with his Hawaii trips. Or he mite have to show that he actually cares about something , my bad, we all know that will never happen.

  3. Shelley Perri

    300 feet? Really? That's your facts? And my name is Shelley, maybe you should pay more attention. These people need to be cut off, shut down, STOPPED!

  4. Amanda Ramona Romero

    What the hell is wrong with this church? These people should be ashamed of themselves, picketing funerals of innocent people, I think they need to mind their own business and do what a church should do. Focus on God, and leave these grieving people alone.

  5. Lones Lundgren

    cute i like it..hey do you know the WBC has been around for a long time..Do you know whos funeral brought them to the place they are at…a man named Matthew Shepard..1998..Long before OBAMA

  6. Jonathan Light

    They're not a church, but are a cult. Freedom of speech is one thing, but no one should be allowed to torment a family going through something so terrible. No one should have the right to protest at a funeral or memorial service. They should be fined and arrested for it.

  7. Roxanne Marie Maddox-Guillen

    Margie Phelps if you are an educated women, then you should know that saving some's life is not idolatrous……. SO GO READ THE BIBLE……. OR A DICTIONARY…….. They tell you what it means…… :)

  8. Shelley Perri

    I know how long, and it still disgusts me. My son in law is a marine. FYI I love your kind and have no problem with it. But Obama just tells you what he thinks you want to hear, he doesn't give a rats ass about you either.

  9. Randy McRay

    No, they should not be labeled a hate group. I don't want any group to be labeled a hate group by the government. Who do you think will be next. I despise these people as much as the next guy. I love to punch them in the face for even showing up at anyone's funeral, but if you're going to give the government the right to call any group a hate group, they have to call your local church to teaches against sin of any kind, a hate group. Don't fall for it.

  10. Scott Hayes

    Please stop reporting on these people. You are just giving them exactly what they want. They post comments, the media repeats it and the communities get riled up…. and then they never show up. We've seen it time after time. They will NOT show up in Webster the same way the did not show up in CT. They have found that they can get out their message without having to travel because the media will feed off it. JUST IGNORE THEM!

  11. Thomas Moretz

    This Westboro Baptist Church is a facade. A family of haters bought the building and kept the name. The only members are the family and a few followers. Total membership is about 15 or so. They are not Christian, nor Baptists. They are haters and like all of us will confess all their deeds to the Lord.

  12. Christine Stagno-garcia

    Yes I do think they should be added as a Hate Group. How dcare they! I agree Freedom of speech is one thing but this is just down right pure hateful disrespect of those who have lost their lives trying to save ours. You should all be soooooo ashamed of yourselves. Maybe firefighters and police should NOT respond when they need help? Since they are so righteous and think they are so much better than everyone else, they should not need our lowly help!

  13. Elizabeth Anne Curless

    You do know they were doing way before Obama came into office right? Sorry to break it to you but the President isn't some all powerful being who can just sign anything he wants into law. If he could do you really think we'd be on the edge of a fiscal cliff, or be paying $4 a gallon for gas? It's a lot more complicated than signing a piece of paper.

  14. Christine Stagno-garcia

    They should not be allowed to be tax exempt either. Take away that status, they do not deserve it and good for anonymous about hacking their website and posting the truth about members. Stop hiding behind a so called church. THIS is certainly NOT THE "BAPTIST" INTERPRETAION!

  15. Dani Bohm

    They are the essence of a hate group! They are labeled a hate group in my eyes & should lose ALL tax exempt status's from the government!

  16. Elka Noon

    terrorist! if they hate it so much, leave. what are you teaching your children…to hate themselves. someone need to do something before they think they are unstoppable.

  17. Dani Bohm

    Shelley, please use spell check. Anyone who thinks turning a law into reality is as easy as signing a piece of paper did not pay any attention in U.S. Government classes. Or epically failed it.. Most republicans I know seem to think it is that easy, yet it's the republicans in office this very moment who are the one causing all the problems, refusing like a kindergarten class to come to any resolutions. We, the American People, can easily fly out to where they plan to picket & form a human barrier around the perimeter to prevent them from passing. <3

  18. Dani Bohm

    Shelley, please use spell check. Anyone who thinks turning a law into reality is as easy as signing a piece of paper did not pay any attention in U.S. Government classes. Or epically failed it.. Most republicans I know seem to think it is that easy, yet it's the republicans in office this very moment who are the one causing all the problems, refusing like a kindergarten class to come to any resolutions. We, the American People, can easily fly out to where they plan to picket & form a human barrier around the perimeter to prevent them from passing. <3

  19. Dani Bohm

    Shelley, please use spell check. Anyone who thinks turning a law into reality is as easy as signing a piece of paper did not pay any attention in U.S. Government classes. Or epically failed it.. Most republicans I know seem to think it is that easy, yet it's the republicans in office this very moment who are the one causing all the problems, refusing like a kindergarten class to come to any resolutions. We, the American People, can easily fly out to where they plan to picket & form a human barrier around the perimeter to prevent them from passing. <3

  20. Dani Bohm

    Shelley, please use spell check. Anyone who thinks turning a law into reality is as easy as signing a piece of paper did not pay any attention in U.S. Government classes. Or epically failed it.. Most republicans I know seem to think it is that easy, yet it's the republicans in office this very moment who are the one causing all the problems, refusing like a kindergarten class to come to any resolutions. We, the American People, can easily fly out to where they plan to picket & form a human barrier around the perimeter to prevent them from passing. <3

  21. Deb McClure

    yes they are a HATE group, and that is saying it nicely. Get them out of the US. we can't ignore them. or blame Obama, stand up in your town, run them out, we did in Ottumwa Ia it's on you tube. they are a sick bunch of people,

  22. Randy McRay

    No a law is not done like that. Bush tried it and it was shot down, but then again Obama will use executive order when he feels he can get away with it. As far the republicans to blame, you must be a kindergardener yourself, they are all to blame. But I would say if we could get of people like Obama and his ignorant followers we could get it done.

  23. Shelley Perri

    I can believe in what I want when I want. The men and women in the military make sure of it. And yes I have know of these sick individuals for a long time. And yes there are things that can be done .

  24. Mikki Vickrey-Scoville

    Wow!! People are getting crazier and crazier!!! All this media is my belief of what they are after!!! Of course they could just be CRAZY!! They can say and be what they want, they are in America, right?? This is what Our Troops fight for, right?? FREEDOM This is exactly what we all want, the rights!! The thing everyone is upset about is that they are not agreeing with their ways, right?? Look real hard at this , AMERICANS, We have created this and it is Really SAD!!!! REMEMBER, This is the time of AWAKENING, so wake the hell up!!!! I thought we were All EQUAL, that's another lie!! AMERICA PLEASE LOOK REAL HARD BEFORE JUDGING!!!!

  25. Shelley Perri

    And I don't need you know it all democrats telling me what you think. I know right from wrong. And I have morals . So people lets do the right thing here

  26. Linda Stults

    this church should be marked as a hate group. they should all be locked up for tormenting these family's maybe then they will realize what they are doing is so wrong. God does not Hate! They are evil people.

  27. Jennifer Weiss

    If they had come in April to protest the funeral of a fallen police officer, Austin, Texas would have spoke loud and clear!!! And Westboro would have been chased out with more than just angry words ;)

  28. Tim Mock

    Actually randy you must have slept through history class because you missed the lesson about the house of represenatives. A president can start a bill to try to get it passed as a law but the *HOUSE* makes the decision. The house needs 2/ 3rds majority to get it passed. Who runs the house with 2/3rds majority now and for the past so many years? *REPUBLICANS* So for all those who blame the president or democrats for the past years better go take up a basic history class. Because the *Republicans are calling the shots while they run the house.

  29. Tim Mock

    well with flags that say god hates fags, god hates jews, god hates, islam, god hates, everyone ect. I wouldnt say they were a church. Maybe the word hate in the signs is a clue? Hell even the KKK called them a hate group. how can you get any worse then that?

  30. Tim Mock

    Ohh were getting! If you check their websites youll see their having some technical difficulty! My favorite though was when Shirley got a death certificate filed for her.

  31. Tim Mock

    We at Anonymous feel they are a hate group, we also feel that the WBC group need to lose their right to tas free status and they need to be put in their place.

  32. Tim Mock

    Well I hate to have to Burst your little crazy bubble but your way off. The WBC is a scam, they protest funerals causing greif to the people who lost their love ones, hoping someone lashes out at them and they can get paid froma law suit. Their congregation has about 40 members all of whice are family. Most of the family are lawyers and some suspended for unethical practices. Also their kids have been arrested for trampling american flags. Did you know their kids had to merry within the congregation as well? sick huh? watch the movie "Americas most hated family" they say it in there. As for the military what branch did you fight in? it was the army for me and you know what i dodnt fight for peoplelike them to violates the rights of the good people. See I fought for the right of people to not have tolive in fear of hate groups, I didnt fight so the WBC could go protest the funerals of babies, I fought so my brothers in the military could have the right to be buried with dignity and respect. you pretend to be thank for "We how gave you your rights but your spit on us by saying we dont have the right to be buried in peace?

  33. Arlen Cooper

    Crazy bunch of bastards. Where in the Bible is their evil behavior justified? Their term, "idolatrous worship-of-the-dead," probably found in "The New American Standard Bible" Ezekiel 6 is clearly being misconstrued by Westboro's hierarchy. The "ignorant blind" are leading the "foolish & blind," at this sham church. Shoot'em, shoot'em all.

  34. Michael Cardaci

    Baptists who have sadly lost there way:

    "He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." (1 John 4:8).

    I would suggest that the members of this church do a closer reading of the following: Greatest Commandments (Mark 12:28-35 & Matthew 22:36-40 [Especially 22:39-40] as well as Love Your Enemy, Judge Not, Condemn Not, (Luke 6:27-45 [Especially 6:35, 6:37, 6:41-42, 6:45] & Matthew 5:38-45 & Matthew 7:1-5 [Especially 5:1-2]):

    "Judge not, that yes be not judged. For with what judgment yes judge, yes shall be judged: and with what measure yes mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the bmote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye." (Matthew 7:1-5).

    It is pretty clear that they have lost their way and should reconsider their actions. I hope that they do.

  35. Jennifer Brand

    They are so pathetic. These firefighters were doing their job, some weren't even on shift, but they still showed up to HELP people. Now for no reason at all they are dead, or injured and their families will never, ever be the same. this truely brakes my heart and I wish I could do something to help them. it takes a very special person to become a firefighter, police officer, soldier or any other profession where the person puts themselves in danger, All in the hopes to save innocent lives. they shouldn't be allowed to call themselves a church, churches help people, help you find the good in life, they are not there to destroy a family. what the he'll are they even going to protest about? I wish I could help protect the families this is just awful. All the rest of the world feels terrible for the loss of such wonderful heroes, and they have to ruin what is suppose to help the families say goodbye? I am so disgusted. I agree they are a cult, and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near the families.

  36. Pamela Sheridan

    They ABSOLUTELY are a hate group!! WHY would they do this?!! Weren't they going to protest the children's funerals in CT? They're NUTS!! Very sick, sick minds…I hope people do make a human wall to shield families from their hate.

  37. Andrew Childers

    The group members might decide to burn with their church believing their deaths to be martyrdom

  38. Mari Dickson

    @Elizabeth Anne Curless Obama has used "executive privilege" over 900 times during his last term. Previous presidents have used "executive privilege" less than 5 times during one term. So, yes, Obama can override Congress as he did when legalizing horse slaughterhouses in the U.S., for example. Keep in mind he is a Muslim and has other fish to fry. Obama's credo: "divide and conquer". As more and more Americans become in opposition, the more he weakens our country.

  39. Armando Tan

    No Judy. that's not religion for me. My religion teaches love. Please read the New Testament, every page of it, and know you're wrong to judge religion that way.