WESTBORO TO PICKET BETTY FORD'S FUNERAL

  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 11, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    What a farse... Westboro Baptist Church to picket at Betty Ford's funeral.

    From AOL:

    Religion News Service

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS) The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this week's funeral services for former first lady Betty Ford in California and Michigan.

    The website of the Topeka, Kansas-based church said the fringe group will demonstrate at Ford's funerals because she divorced her first husband William Warren prior to marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford.

    In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex."

    The group plans to picket at services at Saint Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, Calif. on Tuesday (July 12) and at Grace Episcopal Church in East Grand Rapids on Thursday when her casket will travel by motorcade for burial at the Ford Museum.

    The extremist church -- mostly a collection of Fred Phelps' extended family and friends -- formally won the right to picket funerals in March after an 8-1 Supreme Court decision ruled it is protected by the First Amendment.

    "She couldn't wait to have an audience with a reporter to titter about premarital sex, and how much she loved to teach it to her daughters," the church's website said. "The trashy reporters encouraged her to say more! So she urged all the women of this doomed foul nation to engage in extramarital sex. Then she pushed for abortion, because when you teach a nation's women to be whores, it's inevitable pregnancies will inconvenience the selfish strumpets! That is the legacy of Betty Ford."
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    Jul 12, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    These Westboro crazies are just unbelievable.

    I feel sorry for the Ford family.
    They seem like great people.
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    Jul 12, 2011 4:04 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidThese Westboro crazies are just unbelievable.

    I feel sorry for the Ford family.
    They seem like great people.

    The Fords were very decent people by all accounts. Republicans, yes, but before the Republican Party had morphed into the extreme right-wing Fascists they are today. Hell, even my own late parents were Republicans, but in many ways more liberal than most current Democrats.

    Westboro got away with their previous stunts because they were directed against gays. Now they're taking on a deceased Republican First Lady, because of divorce. That won't play well in Peoria.

    Saint Ronald Reagan was divorced (after having an extra-marital affair with Nancy Davis), Newt Gingrich's affairs are legendary, and many Republican big-wigs are also divorced. I think Westboro is undermining their own support base, when they make divorce an issue, and target Betty Ford, a grand and gutsy lady. But it does make me smile. icon_biggrin.gif
  • rnch

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    Jul 12, 2011 6:12 PM GMT
    given the ex-Presidents (and/or their wives) that might be at the memorial service; perhaps the secret service can "deal with" those fanatical assholes.



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  • rnch

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    Jul 12, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    may the triffling westboro "protestors" receive the same warm welcome that the citizens (and the law enforcement agency?) of McAlester, Oklahoma gave 'em not too long ago!





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  • Webster666

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    Jul 13, 2011 5:05 AM GMT
    I sincerely hope that the hearse runs over them.
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    Jul 13, 2011 12:48 PM GMT
    I think being picketed by these vile people should be considered a badge of honor.

    Also telling is on RJ in this and another thread on Betty Ford, a few can resist using her passing as an opportunity to spew their politics. Very telling, indeed.