Kansas church plans to picket girls' funerals
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
BY IRVIN KITTRELL III
Of The Patriot-News
Members of a Kansas-based church that has picketed funerals of fallen American soldiers are expected to protest at the funerals of the Amish girls killed Monday in Lancaster County, according to a news release issued by the church.
The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka blamed Gov. Ed Rendell for the mass murder of the five girls in a one-room schoolhouse because he ridiculed the church on a national television news show, the news release said.
The church said nothing about the man who shot and killed the girls and wounded five other girls. He was identified as Charles Carl Roberts IV of Bart.
Members of the church have been in the national spotlight after picketing at funerals of soldiers killed in action. The church says the military deaths are God's
punishment for tolerance of gay people.
In June, a York County man sued the church, seeking unspecified damages for the messages held by church
protesters outside his son's funeral.
The lawsuit seeks damages for invasion of privacy at the funeral.
About a dozen states, including Pennsylvania, have adopted laws limiting funeral protests at services for
soldiers killed in combat.
President Bush signed a bill curbing pickets
at national cemeteries.
IRVIN KITTRELL III: 255-8412 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Please pray with me that the church members' plans to picket the funerals of the Amish are thwarted somehow. How can they think this is something that Christians, who are to be like Jesus, should do? I am at a loss and will be praying.