The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again. The church, which is a controversial group based out of Topeka, Kansas, is widely known for its hate speech against numerous groups of people, notably soldiers and members of the LGBT community. As usual, members of the church were quick to take to Twitter in order to spread their thoughts regarding last night’s shooting in Dallas, Texas.
As the Los Angeles Times reports, gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, who served in the U.S. Army Reserve and was a 25-year-old man from Mesquite, Texas, shot 12 police officers who were working at a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. Out of the 12 officers who were shot, five of them passed away, which marks the deadliest attack on police officers since 9/11, as CNN reports.
While most of the country is in mourning, the Westboro Baptist Church is pushing their agenda on Twitter, which is incredibly bizarre and disrespectful to the families of the wounded and fallen officers. The tweets, which started a little after midnight, got more bizarre as the night went on.
What was your first clue? Only light on this darkness! @billcallyn: I suspect the Westboro Baptists are already on their way to Dallas.— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) July 8, 2016
God sent the shooter to a city full of proud hard-hearted merciless sinners. You're still alive; repent & obey God! https://t.co/VuWLmhiUX0— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) July 8, 2016
The tweet at 7:14 a.m. notes that the Westboro Baptist Church may already be on their way to Dallas. As they have done with other high-profile murders and deaths, they send members to the funerals of the deceased in order to protest and create a stir. While their true motives are unknown, they are never welcome.
As the Inquisitr recently reported, the Westboro Baptist Church recently went to Orlando, Florida, in order to protest at the funerals of the people that were murdered at Pulse, a popular LGTB nightclub in Orlando. When word got out that the Westboro Baptist Church was heading to Orlando, numerous groups of counter-protesters got together in order to prevent them from disrespecting the families of the deceased with their hateful messages.
As the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported, the counter-protestors in Orlando reached out to numerous members of the community for assistance.
“Tonight we were informed by a DHS and FBI liaison in town who stated Westboro always says they’re going to show but whether they do or not we will never know until we’re there. With that, we still need to be prepared. We know of funerals planned beginning tomorrow and each day for the rest of this week. We will be reaching out to biker groups, car clubs, and other community organizations who can activate their members privately to be on site many hours before the funeral begins. Once the organizations are in place we will know what type of needs there are space available for counter protesters and will post that here publicly.”
Since the Dallas shooting happened less than 24 hours ago, it is unknown exactly what the Westboro Baptist Church is planning. Regardless of what they decide to do, it is likely that counter-protesters from the Dallas area will do everything in their power to keep the protesting as far away from the funerals as possible. While they are currently threatening to go to Dallas, there is a chance that they are bluffing.
Whenever a national news story like this comes out, the Westboro Baptist Church usually says they are going to be there, but they have failed to show up to these events in the past. Since the victims in this instance are police officers, they may view it as too big of an event to pass up on. Regardless, Dallas is a strong community, and it is likely that many people in it will be willing to participate as counter-protestors.
With the full details regarding yesterday’s attack on police officers in Dallas, Texas, still emerging, the Westboro Baptist Church is taking advantage of the situation. Whether or not they decide to go to Dallas remains to be seen, but it is unlikely that they will be welcome by anyone.
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