February 5th, 2006

don't let your mouth, grrr

Fred Phelps to picket Coretta Scott King's funeral Tuesday in Atlanta

Anti-gay church to picket King’s funeral
Black gay activist notes 'irony' of funeral location
By DYANA BAGBY | Feb 3, 4:33 PM
The Washington Blade

The virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kansas, announced Feb. 3 that it would picket the funeral of civil rights icon Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mrs. King’s funeral is set for Feb. 7 from noon to 3 p.m. at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, a suburb of Atlanta, officials with the King Center have confirmed. It is expected to attract thousands of mourners.

Westboro Baptist Church, headed by Fred Phelps and known for its “God Hates Fags” signs carried at protests, said it is picketing the funeral because Mrs. King believed in equality for gay people.Read more...Collapse )

Anybody in Atlanta? Heard anything about what the local leadership's response plan is?

For those of you who haven't been keeping up on him, Phelps has also been picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq, for serving a country that is "so tolerant" of queers, including in my parents' town. And a protegee of his organized a like-minded picket of the W Va miners' funerals for a similar strained-logic reason. I have heard that several states are seeking to pass legislation limiting or outlawing pickets of funerals, inspired by his activities. I don't know if Georgia is on that list or if it could be fast-tracked before Tuesday.

ETA: Why is the stuff about the daughter's church in this article? I hate sloppy journalism.

x-posted w/sparkle_shortz
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