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Fri May 30, 2014, 11:08 PM

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Angelou's funeral

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest at Angelou's funeral ---Ghouls seem to be gathering







Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., is planning to protest the funeral of Maya Angelou, the award-winning author and international celebrity who died Wednesday at her Winston-Salem home. Angelou was 86.

Rebecca Phelps-Davis, a church spokeswoman, confirmed Friday that five to 10 of her fellow church members will stage a demonstration at Angelou’s funeral. Angelou’s family hasn’t officially announced the funeral arrangements.

What do you think of Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest at Maya Angelou’s funeral?

What do you think of Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest at Maya Angelou’s funeral?

Phelps-Davis said that Westboro Baptist decided to stage the protest immediately after Angelou died. The church is known for its protests at the funerals of American military personnel. It says that God is punishing the United States because its armed forces support gay rights.

The church will protest Angelou’s funeral because Angelou supported same-sex marriage and gay rights, Phelps-Davis said. The organization’s demonstrators will stand on a sidewalk or another public place near Angeou’s funeral site and display signs against the iconic author.

Phelps-Davis also defended the hateful messages about Angelou that Westboro Baptist members and followers have posted to Twitter.

“Maya Angelou had a platform that she never used to glorify God,” Phelps-Davis said. “Same-sex marriage will destroy America.

“The American people are making a mockery of this death because they are treating Angelou like she was their best friend,” Phelps-Davis said.

The Rev. Serenus Churn is the pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church where Angelou was a member for more than 30 years. Churn, who led the first memorial service for Angelou on Thursday, discounted Westboro Baptist planned protest.

“It is unfortunate that they are some sick people filled with hatred and malice,” Churn said. “They are trying to desecrate the memory of someone who spoke for fair play and justice.

“Dr. Angelou was always concerned with equality of all human beings,” Churn said. “That is what they are opposed to. Nothing that they will do will diminish her stature.


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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:09 PM

1. they never miss a chance to show how un-christian they are.

fuckem

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:12 PM

2. I often wonder how they've managed to pull this off for so long without getting seriously hurt. n/t

 

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Response to 951-Riverside (Reply #2)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:31 PM

8. Our country is a lot more civilized & tolerant than some give it credit for.

 

This bigoted group protested several funerals of combat vets with no violent reaction. And you KNOW loved ones were well-versed in ordnance.

As was Angelou.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:12 PM

3. of course they do

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:14 PM

4. Listen to Churn. And remember...

Westboro is one of those things that will have no effect if we don't let it have an effect.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:14 PM

5. It's become something of an honor to have them


You know you are a nobody if they don't show up to protest your funeral.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #5)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:36 PM

9. In keeping with your positive, I have to believe that their notoriety may have curbed

other different-affiliated fundamentalists' insane rhetoric that was so overbearing during the Bush years. Bad examples can serve as good examples, as my mom used to say.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:22 PM

6. Yuk



Peaceful Journey Dr. Maya. Still Rise.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:24 PM

7. Of course they waited until she was dead...

 

Couldn't handle her alive, and wouldn't dare try. Angelou had a strongly-developed philosophy on self-defense, though I don't share her Joe Biden approach.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Fri May 30, 2014, 11:40 PM

10. Just despicable. Those people can not like themselves -- no way.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 02:17 AM

11. And what would Maya say to these people?

She would say, no matter what you say or do, I will rise!

Maya Angelou could do nothing but rise higher when faced with oppression. Westboro will diminish in her blinding light!

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 02:21 AM

12. Sigh...I hope God waits until I'm 86 years old before He smites me. n/t

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 02:25 AM

13. Of course they are.. that's what Westboro assholes do.

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Response to Mira (Original post)

Sat May 31, 2014, 02:34 AM

14. Uh...."GOD HATES POETS"?

 

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #14)

Sat May 31, 2014, 03:18 AM

15. If so, God must've hated Solomon

And other poets from the Bible.

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