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Westboro church to picket Betty Ford funeral services

Postby chief joe » Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:20 am

The fundamentalist and anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket funeral services in California and Michigan for former first lady Betty Ford, who died Friday at age 93.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that the small congregation, consisting mostly of family members of founder Fred Phelps, announced on its website that it will demonstrate because Ford divorced her first husband, then married the future president, Gerald Ford.

The group, based in Topeka, Kan., plans to picket Tuesday at services at Saint Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif., and Thursday at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids when her casket travels to the Gerald R. Ford Museum for burial.

The church has become notorious for picketing the funerals of military personnel, calling their deaths God's punishment for U.S. tolerance of homosexuals. The Supreme Court ruled that their demonstrations are protected by the First Amendment.
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Postby Todd » Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:31 am

These are some sad, sad people. I think they "plan" to picket more as a way to get their name in the news, then they are only showing up a fraction of the time they claim they will....
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Postby chief joe » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:30 pm

Todd wrote:These are some sad, sad people. I think they "plan" to picket more as a way to get their name in the news, then they are only showing up a fraction of the time they claim they will....


A friend from Mich said it has been very positive in that city so far.
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