Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest Funerals Boston Marathon Victims

Westboro Baptist Church Plan Protest Boston Marathon Funerals

According to the Westboro Baptist Church, the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line is “this special wrath from God”.  They are claiming on twitter that this is the result of 2004 legislation when it became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage.

It might have been wiser if it called itself what it really is “Lucifer’s Lair”.  They are hiding their hatred and prejudice behind a pretense of belief in God.

This is the same homophobic organization that stood in circles protesting at the funerals of fallen soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, and threatened to do so at the funerals of the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.

The “Church” appears to be a group of inbred men and women.  It’s located in Topeka, Kansas.  The group was founded by Fred Phelps Senior.  His daughter, Margie Phelps, continuously ‘tweets’ hate messages.  She somehow manages to associate everything with homosexuality, or anti-Semitic causes.  After the Sandy Hook tragedy, she ‘tweeted’ a picture of herself with a sign that said, “God Sent the Shooter”.

After Sandy Hook, the organization ‘tweeted’, “Westboro will picket Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment.”

Libby Phelps Alvarez is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps.  She escaped from her family four years ago.  For 25 years, she wasn’t allowed to wear earrings, or cut her hair.

“I almost think I was brainwashed into thinking that I wasn’t brainwashed,” she said.

“They think that they are the only ones who are going to heaven and if you don’t go to that church you’re going to hell,” Alvarez said. “There was a point when we started praying for people to die,” she said. “I didn’t actually do that but I was around when they did it.”

Alvarez ran away from home in 2009 when her parents were at a rally.  She has tried to reach out to members of her family but was told no one wanted to talk to her anymore.

A ‘We the People’ petition calls for the WBC to be banned from the funerals of the three murdered on Monday.

The bumper sticker continues to ring true:  “When racism, prejudice, and bigotry came to America, they were carrying a cross and wearing the flag.”

James Turnage

Columnist-the Guardian Express