UPDATE: FACEBOOK Counter-Demo Against "Crazy" God Botherers Plan to Disrupt Bus Beheader Victim's Funeral
It has been revealed that members of the Westbro Baptist Church have been turned away at the border and in the meantime a FACEBOOK group has planned a COUNTER Demonstration with 700 prospective attendees at 22-year old victim Tim McLean's funeral, on Saturday afternoon, which looks set to turn into a circus.
CHURCH GROUP ALREADY IN CANADA!
This disturbing church group is already in canada, and they are making they're way here. We need to stop them before they get here.
Members of a notorious U.S. church that's been branded a hate group are coming to Winnipeg to protest at the funeral of Tim McLean Saturday.
We are calling on all Winnipeggers to join us at the Westwood Community Church 401 westwood drive Winnipeg , at 2:30 PM to stand around these protesters and pray for the family of Tim McLean .
We can not let this happen in Canada , the Westboro Baptist Church will have 7 of it's members protesting.
We will surround the protesters and pray for them and the family of Tim McLean, and this will NOT be a violent protest and we will not respond to anything that members of the westboro church have to say.
All faiths welcome !
Representatives of the McLean family have stated that they do not want the funeral to become a scene of confrontation. Rather, they would prefer that those wishing to show support simply provide a "human wall" - surrounding the friends and family and shielding them from the Westboro group.
- This means NO SIGNS or banners or placards! Or any kind of discussion or confrontation with the Westboro group! Any attendees should plan to simply ignore the Westboros completely. If you do not think you will be able to keep your temper and avoid confrontation, then please consider staying at home.
- As well, the church is likely going to be packed so instead of trying to gain access, here's what we can and should do instead: Simply up and take up the key spaces around the church, essentially blocking off the Westboros from access to the family and the funeral attendees.
- Please plan to behave in an absolutely non-violent and non-confrontational manner, no matter what the provocation may be!
FRIDAY AUG 8, 2008
2 Cars spotted outside of elie with Kansas Plates. WBC Group is from Kansas. They crossed the border over the night and are IN THE CITY.
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INFO ON THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH
Westboro Baptist Church
What to do if you spot the hate mongers...
If anyone sees a group of approximately 7 people in 2 cars with Kansas plates. write down the plate numbers and inform your local Police District. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO INTERVENE AS THEY COULD BE JUST TOURISTS. [/q]
Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of church founder Fred Phelps, said a group of church members was turned away from a border crossing at Niagara Falls, but a small group did manage to get into Manitoba overnight.
"They were looking for picket signs and they were looking for leaflets. Well, we don't do leaflets, and the picket signs, you know, Fed Ex ships them overnight," she said.
However, Phelps-Roper said the reaction the group has raised from some police and public officials has her questioning whether the planned protest will go ahead.
"The question to my mind [is] whether or not we ought to get them the heck out of that country, because that's some crazy stuff when you've got your officials talking like they are in a back-alley brawl and not government officials who took an oath to obey the law and so forth."
Phelps-Roper said she would advise church members not to go ahead with the protest if there is a concern they might be arrested or harmed.Counter-protest planned
A counter-protest against the church's picket plans was launched on the social networking site Facebook on Thursday.
More than 700 people have since joined the group; postings indicate they plan to form a "human wall" around the family to shield them from the church protest, if it takes place.
Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin said the group should be "sent packing," and should not try to show up in Winnipeg "for their own safety."
"We're not going to allow these people to compound the tragedy of the McLean family loss, and Canadians simply won't tolerate these lunatics disrupting what should be a respectful service," he told CBC News on Friday.
"Your freedom to swing your arm in the air ends when it touches the end of my nose," he added. "What these people were going to do was hurtful, harmful and disruptive to the peace, order and good government that we guarantee to our citizens, so they have no place in this country."
First it was the Animal Rights Protestors PETA and now it is a bunch of "crazy" religious zealots who claim the tragic murder of 22-year Tim McLean by "Bus Beheader" Vince Li was "God's Punishment to Canada for Adultery and Homosexuality". They plan to hold a demonstration at Tim McLean's funeral today, it has been revealed.
Meanwhile, outraged Winnipeg residents rallied Thursday to protect McLean's family from a posse of radical U.S. religious protesters planning to portray Tim McLean's death as God's wrath.
Earlier this week, the Westboro Baptist Church - an organization branded as a hate group and infamous for protesting the funerals of slain American soldiers - announced they would picket McLean's funeral to let Canadians know that his decapitation was God's response to Canadian policies enabling abortion, homosexuality and adultery.
But Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of the church's founder, Fred Phelps, said a small group of protesters was stopped at the Canada-U.S. border Thursday afternoon.
"They won't let us in, but we have a group that will cross in another spot," she said. "They'll have to strip-search everyone who crosses that border or they won't know who we are. They'll have to see the WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) tattoo on our butts."
Winnipeg NDP MP Pat Martin said his office was flooded with phone calls Thursday from angry Winnipeggers.
"These people (from Westboro) are almost as crazy as the murderer," he said. "If they are here to disrupt the social order, that constitutes grounds to deny them entry. There is no redeeming virtue in the message they are bringing."
According to Martin, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day's office sent an alert to border patrol to "look out" for people with signs and pamphlets that fit the hateful messages the church promotes, and to keep them out of the country.
"In the opinion of his office, coming up here with the message they're articulating constitutes hate speech," said Martin.
Li's background is now being scrutinized by police, justice officials and a Winnipeg psychologist ordered by the court to complete a forensic assessment over the next month. There will also be plenty of focus on his years spent in China before immigrating to Canada in 2001.