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Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Arizona Firefighters Funerals, But Will Likely Chicken Out

Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Arizona Firefighters Funerals, But Probably Will Chicken Out

The Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funerals of 19 firefighters killed in Arizona last week, another in a long line of mostly empty threats from the attention craving church.

The Kansas-based anti-gay church announced on Twitter that members would attend the funerals for the 19 Arizona firefighters, a threat that has become increasingly common for the church. Nearly every national tragedy in recent months — the Aurora theater shooting, Sandy Hook, the Boston Marathon bombing — has brought promises of pickets, though members rarely follow through on the threats.

The already-bizarre church has grown even more perplexing in recent weeks. Instead of simply threatening to picket funerals, the group has announced plans to protest at concerts for Taylor Swift and One Direction this summer.

This seems to lend credence to the idea that the attention-starved church is struggling to remain relevant. Church leader Shirley Phelps-Roper rivals Hollywood celebrities for her frequent use of Twitter, usually posting some predictably inflammatory remark in the hopes of getting attention.

Not long after news was released about the 19 firefighters overtaken by the wildfire in Prescott, Arizona, Phelps-Roper recycled some of the insults she’s used in other national tragedies.

Not long before these insults, Shirley Phelps-Roper and the Westboro Baptist Church denounced the Supreme Court for striking down the Defense of Marriage Act.

It could be that church members are craving the fear and attention the nation once gave to them. The Westboro Baptist Church was once seen as an intimidating force, with members striking fear as they picketed the funeral of Matthew Shepherd. But now when they do actually show up they are drowned out by dedicated counter-protesters, and the public generally views them about the same as an annoying younger sibling.

So news that the Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket funerals for the 19 Arizona firefighters comes as no big surprise. The real surprise would be if they actually have the guts to show up.

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18 Responses to “Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Picket Arizona Firefighters Funerals, But Will Likely Chicken Out”

  1. Capo Tony

    chicken out. Why? are you saying that people should be afraid to stand on a public street in america and express their sincerely held religious beliefs. And this on the fourth of July. Yes. america is a nation of lawless doomed perverts.

  2. Karen Lancaster

    They don't have the guts to show up and the reason being, they will be nothing but a byline in the story. Firefighters from around the country will show up in HUGE numbers, many will bring their trucks and they will block off the area around the funerals and they will turn the hoses on anyone who thinks they can make more noise than those who are celebrating the lives of these heroes who died doing what came natural to them.

  3. Anonymous

    Oh and by the way If wbc ever shows up at one of my family members funeral they will not like the out come.

  4. Mary Colson-Clayton

    It ia disturbing to me that the WBC calls itself a Christian church. As a Christian, I am appalled by the hate that pours out of there. God hates sin, but He loves sinners. A hate monger does not represent God!

  5. Mary Colson-Clayton

    Yes, Americans should not be afraid to stand on a public street and express their sincerely held religious beliefs, but we must show restraint so that our rights do not infringe on the rights of others. A funeral is a religious service as well as a private memorial for families and friends of the departed loved one. It should be against the law for anyone to disrupt it.

  6. Mark Rogers

    I don't care if they show up or not. Everyone already knows that they're despicable ass-holes, & they won't listen to a word they say.

  7. Capo Tony

    Mary Colson-Clayton WBC infinges on no ones rights and has never disruptd a funeral. You bigoted haters do not have the right to privacy in the public sphere. get it. If you want a private funeral , have a private funeral. But when you enter the public sphere an have a big noisy splashy patriotic pep rally then you cant discriminate agianst someoe who answers you publicly. Its feaking downright ghoulish I mean too creepy, you take a dead corpse and traipse it over 100 miles . its like worshipping a carcass. Some one needs to be there somewhere and inject a little sanity into that mess.

  8. Capo Tony

    Mark Rogers No one cares if you listen- as in heed the words- the fact is you heard them an now you blood is on your own hands. Stop promoting SSM stop teaching GLBT filth in schools. put away your idols and obey God. You have NO excuse you have been told. God will not tolerate it. And spewing abuse,bullying violent lawless attacks , terrorizing wbc and trying to pass unconstitutionl laws all changes NOTHING .

  9. Capo Tony

    Mary , As a christian I am apalled at your Bible ignorance. Ghandi the dead hindu said love the sinner an hate the sin. You wont find that in the scripture – which by the way is the foundation for christian beliefs. GOD hates the sinner and casts them into hell./ See how much you need the WBC or just stop calling yourslef a christian.

  10. Capo Tony

    thank God for 19 dead americans. and nothing you can do or say can bring them back. God hates your yankee ass.