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Westboro Baptist Church vows to protest Charleston funerals


The Westboro Baptist Church [WBC] is denouncing State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, who is one of the nine victims of the Charleston spree killing. They say that God willed him to be killed because of his support for “lying politicians.” WBC called Pickney a “lying whore false prophet.” Pinckney was the Reverend of the church where the massacre took place.

They have vowed to protest the funeral of Clementa Pickney and other victims. 

WBC says they will hold signs reading “Your Pastor is a Whore,” “Your Pastor is a Liar,” and “God Takes Your Peace.”

The WBC is based in Kansas and has about three dozen members. Much of the membership is related. The former leader, Fred Phelps died last year. In the 70s, Fred Phelps was a civil rights attorney and won awards from the NAACP. However, he was disbarred in 1979. In the 80s, he was a campaign worker for Al Gore.

Later he began holding increasingly bizarre protests. Starting around 2005, he began protesting funeral for US soldiers.

Fred Phelps had 13 children, 54 grandchildren. He already had 7 great-grandchildren when he died. These descendants make up the bulk of the WBC.