Westboro Baptist Church To Protest In Harrisburg

Brett Blume

HARRISBURG, Ill. (KMOX) –  Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, infamous for protesting at the funerals of fallen U.S. soldiers, are planning to make an appearance in Harrisburg Illinois.

The tornado-ravaged town is trying to pick up the pieces after Wednesday’s storm that tore apart dozens of homes and businesses and left a half-dozen dead.

A post on the blog for the Kansas-based church reads “Hallelujah! God sent an F-4 Tornado Ripping Through Harrisburg Illinois!”.

The post doesn’t say when church members will be in Harrisburg, although it does mention picketing the funerals of those killed in this week’s storm.

Why Illinois, and why Harrisburg in particular?

That’s not clear, although the online message does say “You can blame your legislature who is again considering a law further criminalizing the gospel preaching of God’s servants at WBC!”

The controversial group’s last appearance in this area was outside Clayton High School the day after the Super Bowl, as they protested a group of students known as the GSA — the “Gay-Straight Alliance”.


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