Westboro Baptist Nuts May Be Met With Violence Unless Bill Passes, Sponsor Says

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State Rep. Pat Rooney is aware that everyone else on Earth not related to the Phelps family of the Westboro Baptist "Church" thinks they're a gang of lunatics.

Aside from the previous reasons for his military funeral buffer-zone bill, Rooney has added another to the list: People could get violent against the Westboro Baptist goons.

Since local media outlets have been reporting that the Westboro gang is coming to protest the funeral of 24-year-old U.S. Army Spc. Jordan Christopher Schumann, who died Tuesday in Afghanistan, Rooney's office says it's seen the reaction the news is causing.

"The public response to this planned protest has been one of anger, outrage, and disgust," Rooney aide Andrew Watt says. "Comment sections of news websites have suggested various actions be taken. They have ranged from creating a ring of people holding flags around the church the service is being held to directly and violently attacking those planning to protest."

That "violently attacking" part is what's furthering Rooney's concern.

"The threat of violence is always a possibility when emotions are strained in circumstances such as this," Watt says. "While freedom of speech even when deemed inappropriate by most needs to be preserved, the safety of all involved must also be taken into account. The potential risk of aggression by some requires that action be taken to ensure the protection of both those protesting and more importantly those involved in the memorial service."

No one from the Westboro Baptist clan has been subject to direct violence as of yet, although it's come close on a couple of occasions:


Even though the Westboro weirdos are trying to draw attention to themselves for the funeral, as they always do, Rooney says he hopes the focus can stay on the real victims of the situation -- in this case, Schumann and his family.

"While I am disheartened that this is an issue that needs to be addressed, it truly saddens me that families like those of U.S. Army Spc. Jordan Christopher Schumann have to endure this unwarranted negative attention in this difficult time," Rooney says. "It is my hope that in the future families like his will be able to honor their sons and daughters in the peace and dignity they have so valiantly earned from a grateful community, state, and nation."


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8 comments
Anthony Capo
Anthony Capo

why dont you ppl just obey the law.  The First amendment gives them the right to speak their mind, if you dont like the signs ignore them the way ppl have to ignore the fag parades the porn-shop signs the strip club signs.  american are such freaking hypocrites.  Youre just gonna give the WBC an opportunity to sue the city and provide them with more funds to picket more anyway.  

Bocaspindoctor
Bocaspindoctor

The media should just ignore them and then they dont get any publicity and will fade away!

longliveUSA
longliveUSA

I dont think any judge would convict the people who beat the crap about of these inbred idiots

Steve
Steve

Those deluded individuals who are vehemently anti-gay often are in the closet themselves.  Didn't anyone see American Beauty?  

CSMcDonald
CSMcDonald

And he sets up an expensive litigation battle all the way to the Supreme Court.

Ignoring these yahoos is the way to get rid of them.

Anthony Capo
Anthony Capo

  thats why they rejoice whn God kicks the crap out of you by killing your finest and best (sic).   vengeance is mine sayth the Lord.

GuntherZorn
GuntherZorn

No but I've seen Michele Bachman's husband.

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