The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again. The extremist congregation which is centered out of Topeka, Kansas, declared to the public on Wednesday that it planned to picket the funerals of two victims of the shooting on Sunday at a Jewish Community Center.
The church is considered to be homophobic and a hate group, and have become infamous for protesting at funerals of American servicemen who have been killed in the line of duty and for its very loud verbal anti-homosexual stance.
Westboro Baptist Church stated it would protest the funerals of Reat Underwood and his grandfather William Corporon due to supposed “religious warning and protest”. WBC put on its website that the two killings at the Jewish institution were a “celestial reminder that the United States has sinned away her day of grace.” It also stated that these types of memorials had become “pagan orgies where people decide to worship the dead instead of the Lord.”
WBC also called anyone that was in mourning for Corporon and Underwood “faux-Christians” who were part of a “dirty community.” They also put out a flyer that blamed the shootings on same-sex marriage and used even worse language that will not be repeated in this article because it is so vile and disgusting.
Each funeral for Dr. William Lewis Corporon and his grandson Reat Griffin Underwood, respectively, will be held this Friday at the Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. Neither person was Jewish.
In responding to the Westboro Baptist Church’s public announcements, there has been a Facebook put together which goes by the name the “Do Jewish” movement. It is asking for a quiet, harmless, non-confrontational assembly to meet up outside the church where the two funerals will be held. Individuals would be together in prayer, wearing prayer shawls and phylacteries. The main focus is that it must have prayer; there cannot be any violence or any aggressiveness toward the WBC or people to be on the offensive.
The Facebook group stated that they want to show up in order to show love. They have no intention of protesting against anyone. They want to gather at the church to show pride in being Jewish and their love for the public either Jewish or non-Jewish, stated organizers in Facebook.
As of early on Wednesday, just over 160 people had signed up planning to attend the Jewish prayer gathering and the counter-protest that will be held outside the two funerals.
Alex Brown, who is the Facebook organizer, wrote on the “Do Jewish” Facebook page, that the WBC was a group that was fast to show their appreciation for a former Grand Dragon of the Ku Klux Klan after he went on a firing rampage and murdered three innocent individuals, just because they were on Jewish facilities that were labeled as targets.
Brown added that even though he did not know any of the victims or their families personally but he would always stand up for Judaism. He stated he would do this because the Westboro Baptist Church declared to the public on Wednesday that it planned to picket the funerals of two victims of the shooting on Sunday at a Jewish Community Center.
By Kimberly Ruble