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:
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.

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.
To learn more about the vile, hateful people of the Westboro Baptist Church, who hide behind the protection of free speech, read more here.


Anonymous said...

These people are disgusting!

Cootamundra W said...

I used to live in Kansas and we heard about these people quite a bit there. They are quite scary. The publicity they get does not help matters as I think there egos are fed by it.
It is hard to put into words the contempt I feel for them.

scepter66 said...

It definitely is scary to know there are people like this in the world. they are as bad as the fanatical muslim terrorists. what can we as a free society do with these people?
not much more than try to ignore them i guess. i suppose the authorities just watch them and wait for them to break a law

Sue J said...

Cootamundra, Although it had an AP I actually haven't seen this reported anywhere except the Sun. I didn't even hear anything about it on the evening news last night. So maybe they're not getting as much publicity anymore.

Scepter66, You got it. Their words are protected by the Constitution, so until they break the law they have the right to speak.