The Westboro Baptist Church is one of the ugliest embodiments of extremist Calvinism extant. Headquartered out of—surprise me—Kansas, Westboro specializes in despoiling funerals. Church faithful travel the land, disrupting the interments of soldiers, public figures, and persons of differing faiths, broadcasting their message that the deceased were deliberately killed by Our Lord, as an expression of His rage at the United States permitting itself to be owned and controlled by “the homosexual agenda.”
Earlier this week, Westboro announced that it would set up shop at the Thursday funeral services for Christina Taylor Green, one of six people killed last Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, by the scrambled man who sought to assassinate Congressmember Gabrielle Giffords.
In response, the Arizona Legislature today enacted emergency legislation, subsequently signed by the governor, that prohibits “protests,” within 300 feet of any funeral, and for an hour both before and after such a service.
Whether the Westboro folks will now, as they have in the past, seek an injunction debarring enforcement of such a statute, is at present unknown.
But it really doesn’t matter. Because before the legislature even acted, the people of Tucson had already settled upon another way to deflect the Westboreans. And there is nothing at all the Westboro folks can do about this one. Because the people of Tucson have enlisted the aid of angels.