Westboro Baptist Church, which won a court fight to protest at military funerals across the country, has announced that it will have protesters at the Saturday funeral of Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers of Brandon.
Rogers was killed during combat operations in Afghanistan on Thursday. His remains are being returned to Mississippi on Thursday, and his funeral will be Saturday at Pinelake Baptist Church in Brandon.
Westboro's protesters have upset mourners at previous funerals for holding signs that say, "God Hates Fags." In a news release on the church's website regarding Rogers' funeral, the church says, "God hates America & is killing our troops in his wrath."
It goes on to say, "Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to a fallen fool."
The small church is based in Topeka, Kansas, and leads protests across the country on a regular basis. The church is noted for its strong stand against homosexuality.
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