Westboro Baptist Church Will NOT Protest At 9 Year Old Arizona Victim’s Funeral

There has been a change in plans, it seems, for members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The politicized group, which has continually garnered media attention for protesting at soldiers’ funerals carrying signs reading, for example, “God hates fags” or “Thank God for dead soldiers,” has announced that it will not, as previously thought, demonstrate at the funeral for nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, one of the six people killed in this weekend’s shooting outside an Arizona supermarket.

The group had previously praised the shooter for his actions, calling the act God’s vengeance for the policies of Judge John Roll, who has killed in the shooting, and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Their intent to picket the victims’ funerals prompted the passage of a bill that effectively keeps demonstrators from protesting during or near such memorial services.

A spokesperson for the group announced, however, that Westboro Baptist Church will go through with its plans to protest at the funeral of Judge Roll.

A newspaper in Topeka – where the group is based – reports that radio stations in both Phoenix and Toronto attempted to barter, in a sense, with the group, offering it “airtime to discuss its views in exchange for its members not picketing the girl’s funeral.”

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