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Memorial services for a Marine who died in Iraq were marred Thursday when members of a Kansas church protested outside the church where the service was held.
Members of the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) had said they were going to attend Tuesday's funeral for Marine Corps Sergeant Bryan Opskar in Moorhead, Minnesota — the town where he and his wife lived. Protesters appeared instead at the services held in Princeton, Minnesota where the Opskar grew up.
A group of about ten protesters, including children, gathered across the street from the church silently holding signs. The signs included the messages "God blew up the troops," "Thank God for IEDs," "America is doomed" and "God hates America."
This is the second time in the last three weeks that the church has sent protesters to a dead-serviceman's funeral with a message that their deaths are a punishment from God. The church, famous for its anti-gay message, says that American troops are dying in Iraq because God is punishing the United States for an unsolved bombing of the church in 1995 that left a child seriously injured.
In a press release, the church said Opskar was killed by "by an IED (improvised explosive device), like the IED America used to bomb our church, in a terroristic attempt to stop WBC's anti-gay preaching."
NBC - KARE11
Originally posted by C0leAs far as the protesting, at funerals, They pretty much cancel out he fact that they are christians by the utter disrespect for those men, they are a joke imho.
I'd like to know what moderate Christians think about this, and why have they been so silent? Where are the moderate Christians to condemn the desecration of this soldier's funeral?
Originally posted by Forgiven
We ignore them because they don't deserve the publicity.
Originally posted by marg6043
Sometimes I wonder whenever the tables are turn around and religious groups get to be the bad guys and not the "liberals"
The Rev. Fred Phelps, the controversial man who has led disruptive anti-gay protests at funerals all over the country, claims Taylor and other soldiers were killed with improvised explosive devices as part of retaliation by God against the United States for allowing "gays" to bomb his church, Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.
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