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Westboro to picket Boston Marathon funerals

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   April 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM   |   Comments

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April 16 (UPI) -- Westboro Baptist Church, famous for their anti-gay rhetoric and funeral protests, issued a press release and posted it to Twitter. Westboro thanked god for the attack and announced their plan to picket victims' funerals.

“The federal government is classifying the bombs as a terrorist attack, but say it’s unclear if it’s of a domestic or foreign nature. Here’s a hint -- GOD SENT THE BOMBS! How many more terrifying ways will you have the LORD injure and kill your fellow countrymen because you insist on nation-dooming filthy fag marriage?!”

A “We the People” petition on the White House website asking that the church be banned from demonstrating at victims’ funerals had over 4,000 signatures by Tuesday morning.

Westboro's December plan to picket the funerals of Newtown victims was thwarted after a group of motorcyclists formed a perimeter around the funeral area. The location of a Motel 6 where church members were staying was revealed and community protesters arrived to block church members.

Earlier this month, Westboro announced plans to picket the funeral of movie critic Roger Ebert, calling him a “fag enabler.”

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