Westboro Baptist Church: Gabrielle Giffords an "Arrogant Pinhead;" 9-Year-Old Victim "Going to Hell" -- and More Idiocy From Clan of Kooks
In addition to protesting the funeral of the 9-year-old girl murdered during Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, the lunatics from the Westboro Baptist Church tell New Times they plan to protest the funeral of Federal Judge John Roll and picket the very corner at which the massacre took place.
Shirley Phelps-Roper, a leader with the group, says she plans to hold a "God on the Corner" demonstration -- a play on the "Congress on the Corner" event held by Giffords on Saturday -- in protest to the "rotten rebels" who are destroying America.
"I'm over here laughing," a rambling and often-incoherent Phelps-Roper tells New Times. "You think you can run God off the corner with your stupid laws?"
Phelps-Roper even had the gall to make light of the injuries sustained by Giffords in the attack.
"She has the audacity to stand on the corner and talk about free speech? She should keep her lips off the Constitution," Phelps-Roper says, "and now she will keep her lips off it."
Phelps-Roper describes Giffords as an "arrogant pinhead who surrounds herself with fags and baby killers."
As for the alleged shooter, 22-year-old Jared Loughner, Phelps-Roper considers him a "tool of God" used to rid the earth of the "rotten rebels."
"God sent the shooter -- that guy's bat-shit crazy -- but god sent him," she says.
Phelps-Roper had some heinous things to say about Roll, as well.
She says, all federal judges should die after a judge in Baltimore, Maryland, ruled against her group in a free-speech case. She says all federal judges had a duty to stand up for free speech.
"That's why that judge is dead," Phelps-Roper says. "He doesn't care about free speech."
She says the group plans to protest his funeral, in addition to the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Green, who was killed in the attack. Phelps-Roper says she "look[s] forward to it."
We asked her what value she finds in protesting the funeral of an innocent child senselessly murdered by a gun-toting maniac. Her response made even less sense than the rest of what she spewed during a 20-minute phone conversation.
"We're connecting dots for you rebels," she insists. "[Green] was appointed when she was born for this -- she just happens to be the one God chose to make an example.
"Once the child enters hell, it's over for her," Phelps-Roper rants.
Thankfully, there are already several groups -- including a student group from the University of Arizona and possibly the Hells Angels -- organizing to make sure these lunatics don't get anywhere near Green's funeral.
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