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Old 04-21-2007, 04:40 PM   #1
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Angry Group Plans To Picket Va. Tech Funerals

Can you F^&Kin believe the a$%holes?:


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/...n2699800.shtml





Members of the Westboro Church protest at Arlington Cemetery. The organization has announced plans to picket the funerals of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre. (CBS)


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?Thirty-three people are dead and they?re using people?s deaths and people?s grief to further their own agenda and it?s just disgusting.?
Curtis Dahn
President, Virginia Tech LGBT Alliance



(CBS) By CBSNews.com's David Miller.
The families of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre may not be able to grieve in peace at the funerals of those they lost. An anti-gay religious group known for protesting at the funerals of American soldiers killed in Iraq is planning on appearing at services for those killed on Monday as well.

The Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), which is not affiliated with any national Baptist organization, announced plans to protest at victims? funerals only hours after 32 people were killed in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. They also may protest at other events on the Virginia Tech campus.

The organization, founded and led by Fred Phelps, believes the United States has condemned itself to destruction by accepting homosexuality and other ?sins of the flesh.? Phelps? daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, said the Virginia Tech teachers and students who died on Monday brought their fate upon themselves by not being true Christians.

?The evidence is they were not Christian. God does not do that to his servants,? Phelps-Roper said. ?You don?t need to look any further for evidence those people are in hell.?

Cho Seung-Hui, the Virginia Tech student responsible for the killings who took his own life after the shootings, was sent by God to punish those he killed, and America as a whole, for moral decline, said Phelps-Roper, while adding that she believes Cho is also in hell for violating God?s commandment to not kill.

?He is in hell,? Phelps-Roper said. ?But he was also fulfilling the word of God.?

Because of its virulent anti-gay message and condemnation of Catholics, Jews and other groups, the WBC has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center and is monitored by the Anti-Defamation League.

Curtis Dahn, the president of Virginia Tech?s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Alliance, said he reacted with immediate disgust upon hearing of the WBC's plans. ?Thirty-three people are dead and they?re using people?s deaths and people?s grief to further their own agenda and it?s just disgusting,? he said.

Dahn was friends with Ryan Clark, a resident assistant in Ambler Johnston Hall, who was among the first people killed on Monday. He said he is working with other university leaders and officials to form a response to the WBC. Ideally, he said, the funerals will be nothing more than a chance for family and friends to mourn in peace.

?Part of it is that I don?t want the families to be affected by this at all,? he said. ?I don?t even want the funerals? locations to be public knowledge. I don?t want a protest, I don?t want a counter-protest. I want people to be able to grieve and have what they want, not be made into public displays and mockeries.?

Dahn and others may have the law on their side. In 2006, in response to protests at the funerals of dead U.S. soldiers, Virginia enacted a law that added funerals and memorial services to the state?s disorderly conduct statute. Other states have adopted similar measures to allow police to keep WBC protesters out of earshot
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Man, don't EVEN get me started...
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Old 04-21-2007, 05:14 PM   #3
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I heard a radio station offered them a 3 hour radio spot as long as they promised not to picket at the funerals...they win either way but at least it will give the family peace.

Hate groups like this should be illegal, they have simaler beliefs to that of the KKK and Nazi...
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yeah i saw that too.. but apparently virginia has a law to keep protestors from attending funerals and such because this usually happens at military funerals. im not really sure what they expect to do other than be taken away in cuffs. in that case, let the inbreds go to the slammer and see what a good time is for a little while.
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I heard a radio station offered them a 3 hour radio spot as long as they promised not to picket at the funerals...they win either way but at least it will give the family peace.

Hate groups like this should be illegal, they have simaler beliefs to that of the KKK and Nazi...


Nah, it is freedom of speech, but darn, show some respect to the families and victims.
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Its a shame that this group get any press coverage at all, but its inevitable I suppose.

Its quite clear that their agenda is to get as much free publicity as possible for their hate filled message.

When you see people like this in action you should be relieved that they do not posses an IQ sufficient to actually relay their message with a little subtlety.
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Default Re: Group Plans To Picket Va. Tech Funerals

I read about this a couple days ago. I also heard but havne't been able to confirm that the Patriot Guard Riders are going to the funeral as well to keep the wackos at bay.


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I just pulled this off the Patriot Guard website forums. The protest is canceled.



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I m pleased to annouce that there will be NO PROTESTS AT ANY VT FUNERALS. The potential protestors have agreed to suspend any protests in exchange for a 3 hour time slot on the Mike Gallagher Show... you can find this information on the web, Gallaghers website and the protestors website...it is understood that the protestors (you know who they are) will keep their word on this....

I wish to express my gratitude to PGR members who have watched this so closely...being from SW Virginia, I can tell you that it has been a very heavy experience. I spent time on the VT campus today and healing is happening...it will take time but the Hokie spirit is strong....

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Pulled from the Wackos' website.

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Religious Orhion and Bible Commentarv on Current Events
Friday, April 20,2007
Westboro Baptist Church hereby cancels
all pending pickets, and agrees not to
schedule future pickets, related to The
Virginia Tech Massacre, on the following
terms and conditions; to wit:
In consideration for 3 hours of national radio time
with Mike Gallagher on his National Radio Show -
next Tuesday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon
New York time - Westboro Baptist Church has
agreed to cancel all pickets now pending and not
to schedule future pickets related to
The Virginia Tech Massacre.
Westboro Baptist Church representatives will
appear in studio with Mr. Gallagher, and will
freely discuss WBCys religious position relative to
such tragedies as The Virginia Tech Massacre.
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If there is any group in this country that deserve to catch a bullet.............
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yeah i saw that too.. but apparently virginia has a law to keep protestors from attending funerals and such because this usually happens at military funerals. im not really sure what they expect to do other than be taken away in cuffs. in that case, let the inbreds go to the slammer and see what a good time is for a little while.


I hope so there are different ways to get your opinion across than protesting a Funeral that is pretty low.

The Virginia law is a great idea. It reminds me of a Funeral I once attended down South. When we were driving in the Funeral Procession people pulled over their vehicles as a sign of respect for the dead, some even got out and were seen making various signs of respect such as crossing themselves and taking off hats. It was a very nice change from the rude drivers that are often weaving in and out of processions in my home state.
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