Sat, Jul 16, 2011
Family Fatally Injured In Plane Crash Was To Have Been Target
Of Picketing By Westboro Baptist Church
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS, had
planned to picket a memorial service in the Florida panhandle town
of Niceville being held for seven people who were fatally injured
when the plane in which they were traveling went down in Demopolis,
AL, while returning from a family reunion.
According to al.com, a website for several Alabama newspapers
including the Birmingham News and the Mobile
Press-Register, Fred and Terresa Teutenberg and five of their
children were fatally injured in the accident Saturday. The Cessna
421 Mr. Teutenberg was flying lost power to an engine and went down
in a wooded area as he was attempting to land at Demopolis airport.
There were no survivors from the accident.
It is not clear why the church members chose to attempt to
picket the service, but church said it intended to post several
protesters outside the chruch where it was being held with signs
saying the family was "killed in a plane crash by an angry God for
the sins of a wicked nation." The church is known for a
strong stand against homosexuality, and has protested military
funerals in the past. It is listed as a "hate group" by many
Niceville, however, lived up to its name, as several groups
ranging from Bikers for Christ to the Crestview, FL, VFW post got
together to be sure that the memorial service was not interrupted.
They lined the streets in front of the United Methodist Church
where the service was held holding American flags to keep the
protesters at bay.
The Westboro Baptist Church group settled for some air time on a
radio station in nearby Panama City, FL.
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