Today's memorial for a Parkville family killed in a drunken driving crash in Ohio was protested by a group that was recently ordered to pay millions for protesting the Westminster funeral of a soldier killed in Iraq.To learn more about the vile, hateful people of the Westboro Baptist Church, who hide behind the protection of free speech, read more here.
Three members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for protests at military funerals, were demonstrating about a block from St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, the site of the service.
The demonstrators said the deaths are God's retaliation against the community for a recent $11 million jury award against the Kansas group. A federal jury in Baltimore made the award in October to Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., who sued after the group protested his son's military funeral in Maryland.
Demonstrator Fred Phelps said the community is going to "pay the price" for persecuting his group for preaching the word of God.
Members of the Griffin family, a mother and four children, died in the Dec. 30 crash in Ohio. Family members said 8-year-old Sydney Griffin has steadily improved and left the hospital yesterday.
Michael Gagnon, of Adrian, Mich., is scheduled for a preliminary hearing today on five counts of aggravated vehicular homicide. Police said his blood-alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he drove the wrong way on Interstate 280 in Toledo and slammed his pickup truck into the family's minivan.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Lunatics are on the grass: Westboro church protests at service for family killed by drunk driver
I don't even know what to say about this. I'll just let the story in today's Baltimore Sun tell you the facts: