You knew the folks at Fred Phelps‘ Westboro Baptist Church wouldn’t rest for long after a fire burned down the fence and garage of their church.
They made plans to go to Canada to “protest the funeral of a man beheaded on a Greyhound bus.”
The daughter of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Ka., told CTV.ca she and several other church members [would] go to Winnipeg on Saturday to demonstrate against what she described as [Tim] McLean’s “filthy way of life.” Shirley Phelps-Roper said his life was emblematic of Canada’s moral decay.
Of course the Phelps wouldn’t say what exactly it was that was so filthy about McLean…
“Here’s what I know. He is dead and God does not do that to people that serve in his truth.”
Phelps-Roper described McLean — who she had never met — in an insulting, insensitive and graphic manner. Her crudest descriptions of the 22-year-old are not printed.
“I haven’t met him personally, but he has nothing going on,” she said dismissively.
“(His life) was all about him. Blah, blah, blah … He was a rebel … I don’t need to know anything else … I don’t need to know the minutia. Everything you need to know is right there.”
Somehow, this story has a happier ending.
In anticipation of the Phelps’ visit, a blockade of people was waiting for them. There’s no way the Phelps were going to tarnish the memory of Tim McLean:
Winnipeg police say they were prepared to make sure the family was protected from the protestors.
About 500 other people, who came from around the city and in some cases across the border, had the same idea.
They came prepared to link arms and hold up umbrellas if necessary, to block the protestors from view.
The Phelps never showed up
(Thanks to Kyle for the link!)