Anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church to protest at slain Powell boys’ funeral
This is beyond offensive. WTF.
Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay church best known for protesting military funerals, says its members will be at Saturday’s memorial service for Charlie and Braden Powell, the two children who died when their father allegedly set fire to his house.
The small Topeka, Kan.-based church, known for its extreme opposition to homosexuality, claims the boys’ deaths are payback from God over the Washington state Legislature’s support of gay marriage.
Hundreds of people have already vowed online to show up to keep the Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funeral, which will be at Life Center Church in Tacoma at 11 a.m.
Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, died Sunday when their father, Josh Powell, intentionally set fire to his home in Graham, Wash., police said. The boys arrived there on a supervised visit, but Powell locked the supervisor out of the house. Authorities say Powell, already under investigation in the disappearance of his wife in Utah two years ago, attacked his sons with an ax before all three died in the fire and explosion.
On her Twitter feed Wednesday, Margie J. Phelps wrote ‘Westboro will picket the funerals of the Powell boys, Sat.,2/11, 12:15p, to remind @GovGregoire they died because of her rebellion,’ and ‘This is why God’s cursed you w Josh Powells blowing up kids.’
Phelps is the daughter of Westboro founder Fred Phelps. Her tweet did not explain how picketing the funeral was a protest against same-sex marriage.
I’d go on a long, outraged rant about these Westboro freaks, but they’re not worth my anger.
I hope thousands of people show up to support the family burying those two young boys. They don’t deserve to be targeted like this. It’s not right.