Church agrees to not protest slain child's funeral

Wednesday, January 12, 2011 | 10:54 a.m. CST; updated 3:17 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 12, 2011

KANSAS CITY — Members of a controversial Kansas church have decided not protest at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in Saturday's shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.

Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says church members will skip Thursday's funeral of Christina Taylor Green.

Phelps-Roper was interviewed Tuesday by a station in Toronto, Canada, and is scheduled to be on a morning talk show Saturday. She says Westboro Baptist Church decided not to picket in exchange for the airtime.

Phelps-Roper says the group will picket the funeral Friday for U.S. District Judge John Roll and at the intersection where  Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others were shot.

The Arizona Legislature unanimously passed a measure Tuesday banning protests at or near funeral sites.

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Andrew Hansen January 12, 2011 | 11:26 a.m.

Wow...did we finally identify a line that the Westboro Baptist Church folks will not cross? I thought no act of indecency was beneath them.

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lacinda florez January 12, 2011 | 11:32 a.m.

No those a holes just struck a deal! They will get theirs in the end! We will all be sure to protest the services of that church.

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Amy Vandergriff-Belcher January 12, 2011 | 11:57 a.m.

I think we should all stand out front of their church and picket them every Sunday. I wonder how long it would take before they got mad.

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Andrew Hansen January 12, 2011 | 1:17 p.m.

Unfortunately Amy, that is exactly the reaction they want.

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Ricky Gurley January 12, 2011 | 1:30 p.m.

I think they should just simply be ignored. No cameras, no video, no newspaper articles, no news crews, no publicity whatsoever, just one little group of "dipsticks" getting no attention whatsoever.

Of course though, no matter how offensive it is, if it is sensational some News Station is going to cover it...

Ricky Gurley.

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