Tucson ‘Angels’ to Foil Westboro Church’s Hate With ‘Wall of Humanity’
January 11, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—The powerful forces of love, peace, unity and humanity overcome hate, ugliness and divisiveness every time. The people of Tucson, emotionally scarred by Jared Lee Loughner’s shooting rampage that killed six people, including a nine-year-old girl, wounding 14 and leaving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) fighting for her life after being shot in the head, are coming together to fight against the hate of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church that plans to picket the victims’ funerals. Fred Phelps, the odious founder of the hate group, attacked Giffords and Christina Green, the slain child, in a hate-filled video and in a series of vile online statements. “God sent the shooter! Your fag-loving Congresswoman fights for her life,” said Phelps in a statement.
And in his video, in which Phelps thanked God “for the violent shooter,” he also unleashed a repulsive stream of invective against the murdered little girl, saying she “was not innocent” and “is better off dead.” In response, several Facebook pages have been created to protect the victims’ families from the specter of Phelps and his offensive picketers with an “angel action,” and a “wall of humanity.”
When the Westboro Baptist Church picketed Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral, holding signs, reading “God hates fag enablers,” a similar Facebook campaign sprung up to counter Fred Phelps’ hate with a “human buffer” of love.
This time around the people of Tucson have responded with at least four Facebook appeals that have drawn thousands of followers. The Facebook page, “Build Angel Wings for the Westboro Funeral Counter-Protest and Meeting,” will don “8-10 foot tall angel wings so that we can block the group, their signs, and their words from the funeral and all those who will mourning our community’s losses.”
And the page, “We will not let Fred Phelps or WBC protest any funeral in Tucson,” will be “creating a wall of humanity to keep the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting at any funeral from the January 8, 2011 massacre.”
“But many Tucson residents plan to counter the church’s attack with an “angel action,” wearing 8-by-10-foot “angel wings” to shield mourners from the picketers. Local businesses and residents have donated materials and money to build the angel wings. A fund has also been created to help pay for victims’ funerals.”
“Residents will get to try out their wings Thursday during services for Christina Taylor Green, who was born Sept. 11, 2001. On a flyer distributed by Westboro, the church said it is taking aim at Green’s family because of their Roman Catholic affiliation.”
“The original angel action was founded by Colorado resident Romaine Patterson, after the Topeka church protested with neon signs outside the 1999 funeral of Matthew Shepherd, a young gay man beaten and left on a fence to die in Laramie, Wyo.”
Arizona state lawmakers also plan to enact legislation, as early as Tuesday, to prevent funeral protesters from assembling within 300 feet of services. The bill is in direct response to the threats from the Westboro baptist Church to disrupt the funeral services of the victims of the Tucson rampage.
Adding to the already sickening rhetoric spewing from the Westboro Baptist Church attacking the victims of the massacre, in a new press release, Phelps is also targeting the family of the murdered girl, because they are Catholic.
“God hates Catholics!” reads the flier posted on the Church’s website “God Hates Fag,” adding “God calls your religion ‘vain,’ as it’s empty of His truth; you worship idols!”
Lines of love, angel actions and walls of humanity will beat out the repulsive anti-gay hate of the Westboro Baptist Church any day of the week.