On Saturday, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was targeted and shot outside a Safeway in Tuscon, Arizona, where she was meeting with her constituents. Six other people died, including a federal judge and nine-year-old girl. Most people see this tragic event as a horrific incident. Westboro Baptist Church, however, finds it to be the perfect opportunity to spread more of their hatred and has made plans to picket the funerals of the six shooting victims.
In a flier posted on the church's website, the church writes:
THANK GOD FOR THE SHOOTER -- 6 DEAD!
God appointed this rod for your sins! God sent the shooter! This hateful nation unleashed violent veterans on the servants of God at WBC--hoping to silence our kind warning to obey God and flee the wrath to come."
The controversial Topeka church claims that the shootings were god's punishment for judicial and Congressional action against WBC:
"God sent the shooter to shoot you! And He's sitting in Heaven laughing at you!"
The flier continues, stating:
"Your federal judge is dead and your (fag-promoting, baby-killing, proud-sinner) Congresswoman fights for her life. God is avenging Himself on this rebellious house! WBC prays for your destruction--more shooters, more dead carcasses piling up, young, old, leader and commoner--all. Your doom is upon you!"
WBC is best known for picketing funerals of gays and soldiers who have died in the line of duty, toting signs with such inflammatory remarks as "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Most recently, WBC picketed Elizabeth Edwards funeral in December.
The so-called "church" is headed up by Fred Phelps and has 71 members, many of which are members of his large family. It's first service was held in 1955.