Westboro Baptist Church to protest at Orlando shooting victims’ funerals

Westboro Baptist Church to protest at Orlando shooting victims’ funerals
Credit: Carolyn Kaster, AP

A representative for the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church told USA TODAY that its members plan to picket Saturday outside the funeral for two of the victims of last Sunday’s shooting massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

“It’s not about that person, it’s about that whole societal phenomenon,” Westboro spokesman Steve Drain of Topeka, Kan., said Thursday night in a telephone interview. “It’s never been OK to be gay and it’s never going to be OK to be gay, no matter how much the spirit of the times calls for the popularity of that sin.”

The Kansas-based church, through a lawyer, sent a letter to the Orlando Police Department spelling out plans to protest outside  the Cathedral Church of St. Luke on Saturday from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. Westboro members are known for protesting outside the funerals of gays and lesbians. Members declare that the Bible stipulates that the LGBT lifestyle is a sin.

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