Tuesday, January 8, 2008

That’s Just Sick

From the Toledo Blade:

BALTIMORE — The memorial service Tuesday for five members of a Maryland family killed by a wrong-way truck in a Toledo highway accident included some uninvited guests.

Three members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for protests at military funerals, demonstrated about a block from St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, the site of the service.

The demonstrators said the deaths are God’s retribution against the community for a recent $11 million jury award against the Kansas group. A federal jury in Baltimore made the award in October to Albert Snyder, of York, Pa., who sued after the group protested his son’s military funeral in Maryland.

The community is going to “pay the price” for persecuting his group for preaching the word of God, said demonstrator Fred Phelps.

A mother and four children died in the Dec. 30 crash on Interstate 280 in Toledo, which police said was caused by a drunken driver.

Ugh. Just… ugh.