Happy to say that I have nothing but good news to report regarding Westboro Baptist Church picketing funerals in Newtown, CT. There have been absolutely NO confirmed sightings, despite their multiple threats to picket the funerals of children and the president’s prayer vigil in the town last night.
I’m connected with a group of people who have organized themselves via Facebook and are ready to pounce as soon as there is any sign of a Westboro presence.
Connecticut state law forbids protesting at any funeral for an hour before or after the service. I’m keeping my eyes and ears peeled for any call to action.
I must also declare how proud I am of Boonville Presbyterian Church after yesterday’s service. During the announcements, I told everyone about the planned picket and explained to them what an Angel Action is, saying that I was planning to go down and participate, if necessary. Before church was even over, one of our members on active duty was already texting the Patriot Guard with my contact information. One elder asked if he could join me and several other members handed me a total of $140 (unsolicited) for gas and supplies. Proud pastor here!
If the Westboro Baptist folks never show up, I plan to give that cash as a donation in our church’s name to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund, which has been set up through the United Way of Western Connecticut. You can donate as well by going to this website:
The first funerals are taking place at 1pm today. Please spare some prayers and good thoughts for the victims and their families. I’ll keep you posted as best as I can.