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Westboro Baptist Kooks Back Off Protesting Funeral of 9-Year-Old Girl in Exchange for Radio Air Time

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The lunatics from the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church have agreed to not protest the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Greene, who was one of six people killed in Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, in exchange for air time on Canadian and Phoenix radio stations.

As we reported Monday, the group said it planned to protest Greene's funeral. Tuesday, the group gave New Times a nonsensical reason why. Read about that rant here.

According to a report in the Topeka Capital-Journal, the group will skip Greene's funeral in Tucson on Thursday in exchange for air time on 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, Canada, and an
interview with KXXT-AM in Phoenix on Saturday morning.

KXXT-AM is a "Christian" radio station -- which is interesting given the views of the WBC. The station did not immediately respond to an email to confirm whether it had agreed to put these whackos on the air.

The group's decision to bail on the protest comes a day after the Arizona legislature passed a law preventing people from protesting at funerals, which is interesting considering some of the comments made by one of the group's leaders to New Times.

"You think you can run God off the corner with your stupid laws?" Shirley Phelps-Roper asked New Times.

"[Our] stupid laws" may not keep God off the corner -- but they certainly help in keeping raving lunatics away. Although, the group says it still plans to protest the funeral of Federal Judge John Roll, who was also killed in the attack. According to the new law, however, they
will do so from at least 300 feet away.

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