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Arizona Lawmakers Plan To Block Protesters Within 300 Feet Of Funerals

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Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- The Arizona Legislature is expected to pass legislation Tuesday that will bar protesters at funerals from getting within 300 feet of services, a spokesman for the state House said.

The action, according to House spokesman Daniel Scarpinato, is in direct response to a controversial church's announcement that it will picket the funeral of Christina Green, the 9-year-old who was among six people killed during Saturday's attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.

Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, has made its name by staging protests at funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King.

Tucson just isn't that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer, 26, referring to the actions of the church.

"For something like this to happen in Tucson was a really big shock to us all," she said. "Our nightmare happened when we saw Westboro Baptist Church was going to picket the funerals."

In addition to the expected legislation, some Tucson residents are planning an "angel action" -- with 8- by 10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants to shield mourners from picketers. Angel actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church and its neon signs outside the 1999 funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man beaten and left on a fence to die in Laramie, Wyoming.

"We want to surround them, in a nonviolent way, to say that our community is united," Gilmer said, who is helping organize the action. "We're a peaceful haven."

Gilmer added, "You don't mess with Tucson," describing it as "a little dot of blue in a sea of red."

But political persuasions don't matter, she said. Republicans, Democrats, independents, right, left and center -- they've all offered their support. Forty-two people have signed up on a Facebook page called "Build Angel Wings for the Westboro Funeral Counter-Protest and Meeting," and more than 4,500 have signed up on another page to "Show Support for the Families of the Tucson Shooting Victims."

Jeff Rogers, chairman of the Pima County Democratic Party, said Tuesday that his organization as well as the local Republican Party also will ask people to line the funeral routes to form a barricade if the church follows through on its planned protest.

"People, businesses, they're all donating material and money to build the angel wings," Gilmer said, adding that people are giving to a fund to help pay for services for the shooting victims.

Chelsea Cohen, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Arizona who launched the "Show Support" Facebook page, said she never expected such a response.

"Once I heard that the Westboro Baptist Church was coming, I felt like something should be done to show support for the families," she said. "I don't have any experience in organizing these things. I thought I might get 50 to 100 people."

Cohen said she thinks many who signed up on the Facebook page will be there "in spirit" on Thursday when mourners gather for the funeral of Christina, who was born September 11, 2001. But she added that Tucson is an active town and the response isn't likely to be small.

"This isn't a counterprotest," she said. "We wanted it to show support for the families and to show that Tucson is there with love and support."

The groups don't want to interfere with the funeral in any way, Cohen said.

"We plan on being completely silent, and we're asking people not to bring signs or make comments about the Westboro Baptist Church," she said.

The angels will be doing the same thing.

"We're going to silently stand there so people can mourn the death of a 9-year-old girl who died in a senseless tragedy," Gilmer said.

Cohen said several groups are planning to be at the funeral to show their support, and there is an effort afoot to bring them all together "into one group so we can all be on the same page."

"I hope that everyone there can convey the peaceful message that we want to convey, she said

And if the church picketers persist, the silent supporters will be on hand for the funerals of U.S. District Judge John Roll, Gabriel Zimmerman, Dorothy Morris, Dorwin Stoddard and Phyllis Schneck, the other five victims of Saturday's shooting. Giffords, who was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and 13 other people were wounded.

Westboro Baptist Church, founded by its spiritual leader, Fred Phelps, and run mostly by family members, did not respond to a request for an interview in time for this article. But a flier released by the church about the picket targets the Roman Catholic Church because Christina and her family were members.

"God hates Catholics!" the flier, posted on the church's website, says. "God calls your religion 'vain,' as it's empty of His truth; you worship idols!"
 

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It's sad that these people are going to try to ruin this little girl's and ever other victim's funeral. :mad:
 

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It's sad that these people are going to try to ruin this little girl's and ever other victim's funeral. :mad:
It's unfortunate that there are people in this world that think its OK to make a political/religious/etc statement while standing on the grave of the recently deceased.

Douche Bags of the world I salute you :finger:
 

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Arizona Rallies To Foil Westboro Baptist Church

Tucson, Ariz.
Plans by the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, to picket the funerals of Saturday's shooting victims are being met by a concerted effort by citizens and lawmakers to keep protesters at bay.

State lawmakers Tuesday passed legislation that makes protests illegal within 300 feet of any home, house of worship, cemetery, or funeral home just before, during, or after a ceremony or burial.

Tucson residents also sprang into action when news of the planned protests spread. Many intend to meet the picketers with human barricades and some say they will wear oversize “angel wings” to shield mourners from seeing the protesters along the funeral routes.

Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies are preparing to implement extra safety measures at the various funeral sites in the next few days to ensure that the protests and counterprotests don't get out of hand.

“We’re going to take every precaution we can to make sure there is no violence,” says Deputy Renee Carlson of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. “We’re going to make sure that everybody is safe at these events.”

The controversial church, which is comprise mostly of the Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his family, believes that God is punishing America for its growing acceptance of gay rights by killing US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group also protested the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards.

The US Supreme Court is considering a case against the church's practice of protesting funerals, brought by the father of a US marine killed in Iraq.

Some Tucsonans, still grieving over the mass shooting, which left left six dead and 14 wounded, including US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), say pickets at the funerals would be vile.

“I don’t understand the logic; we have a tragedy here,” says Phyllis Beckert, who with her husband, Mal, paid her respects Tuesday at a memorial of flowers, candles, and get-well messages in front of Congresswoman Giffords’s Tucson office. Doctors say Giffords, who was shot in the head point blank Saturday, is breathing on her own and is alert and responsive.

Lizette Fimbres, a dental assistant, stopped by the makeshift shrine during her lunch break to write a note to the congresswoman. She finds hard to believe that anyone would protest at any funeral.

“That’s just insane,” she says.

The first scheduled service, for 9-year-old Christina Green, is scheduled for Thursday afternoon at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Classes at the church school have been canceled. Around the lunch hour Tuesday, a group of law enforcement agents arrived to inspect the grounds and meet with church workers.

Christina had gone to Giffords's meet-and-greet event Saturday with a neighbor, Susan Hileman. The girl and his wife were holding hands when they were shot, Bill Hileman said at a news conference Tuesday.

Ms. Hileman, who was shot three times, survived.

His wife and the little girl "were generationally apart, but birds of one feather," Mr. Hileman said.

The law passed Tuesday intends to keep protesters away form the funeral. "This act is an emergency measure that is necessary to preserve the public peace, health, or safety and is operative immediately as provided by law," the new law states.
 
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