KANSAS CITY, MO - A Kansas church known for picketing the funerals of American troops now says it won't protest at the funerals of victims of the shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona.
Shirley Phelps-Roper of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church says its members will avoid today's funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green in exchange for live interviews on radio shows in Canada and Arizona.
The church also pledged not to picket the funerals of the five other shooting victims after a nationally syndicated radio show agreed to give them air time.
Westboro church members picket high-profile funerals to promote their belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality.
In the wake of the church's original plan, lawmakers in Arizona on Tuesday passed emergency legislation to outlaw picketing within 300 feet of funeral sites
The members of this church are a disgrace and should be horsewhipped. They are not following the Lord's example, they do not walk in love and they most certainly DO NOT represent Christianity or Jesus Christ.
This pathetic excuse for a church is nothing but a cult that craves media attention, and what I find most despicable is that they target funerals. They are a vicious and heartless group of scum that prey on people who are suffering and dealing with such tremendous loss. Instead of picketing and protesting they should be comforting the hurting.
It is very difficult not to hate those sick sob's.