Tomorrow as funerals for the first victims of the Pulse Nightclub attack are held member of the Westboro Baptist Church will be on-hand to protest. The Orlando Police Department received a formal request spelling out their plans to protest outside the Cathedral Church of St. Luke on Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. LGBT organizers are planning a peaceful counter-protest to isolate the grieving families from Westboro’s protests.
Westboro Baptist in its permit request to the city claim to be, “law-abiding and nonviolent” as they spew their venom are known for their loud, obnoxious protests outside the funerals of high profile gays and lesbians.
The Dougherty Report has filed a formal request for an interview with Westboro Baptist and are awaiting their call.
In the meantime, this isn’t our first contact with Westboro…. in 2011 the Topeka, Kansas based “church” members launched two of their protests here in Central Florida; at Dr. Phillips High School and at the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavor. On the occasion of those protests, The Dougherty Report spoke with Ben Phelps, the eldest grandson of founder Fred Phelps about why they travel the country with their message of hate and what they hope to accomplish.
Since the Westboro Baptist members are SO fond of quoting KJV scripture we have a trio of verses for them.
Matthew 7:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
7:1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?