The Westboro Baptist Church is saying that it will picket an Oklahoma liquor store that put up a sign mocking the death of the group’s founder, Fred Phelps.
Phelps died on March 20 at the age of 84.
To commemorate the occasion, Moore Liquor decided to have a champagne sale and posted a sign reading, "Fred Phelps 1929-2014, Champagne 10% off! Not a coincidence."
The WBC doesn’t find the sign funny and plans to protest.
A little Bible truth never hurt nobody! pic.twitter.com/qkL4NlS4s7— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) March 28, 2014
The store sounds fine with it.
@WBCSays Please send the "A" team, not the scrubs. We're gonna want a first-class protest.— Moore Liquor (@MooreLiquor) March 26, 2014
@WBCsigns Does the Bible you use also have John 2:11, Genesis 27:28, Judges 9:13 or Timothy 5:23? Besides, you could definitely use a drink.— Moore Liquor (@MooreLiquor) March 28, 2014
"I was a little reticent about putting up the sign in the first place because I have two good parents who raised me not to speak ill of the dead, but I couldn’t help feeling that the world was a better place without Fred Phelps," store owner Bryan Kerr told the Huffington Post.
"He did so much to spread his special brand of hatred while bastardizing Christian principles that I thought it might be appropriate to recognize his lack of corporeal existence with some celebration. As a Christian myself, I truly hope that Fred found some peace with God and maybe even had a change of heart before passing."
[Moore Liquor via Facebook] [Huffington Post]