Three demonstrators from a Kansas church, known for its strident opposition to homosexuality and picketing of soldiers’ funerals, protested the funeral of Beau Biden on Saturday.
One man was arrested for throwing coffee at the protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church ofTopeka, Kan., who picketed outside Wilmington’s St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church ahead of Biden’s funeral.
The three protesters held signs — including “America is doomed” — and sang anti-gay songs at the corner Pennsylvania Avenue and North Dupont Street for about an hour Saturday morning.
They were met by a much larger counter protest singing Amazing Grace and holding American flags. Some of the counter protesters held pink signs to block the Westboro posters. At one point, nearly 100 counter protesters were present.
The counter demonstration seemed to encourage Westboro member Shirley Phelps-Roper. “This is where the eyes and the ears of the nation are today,” she said.
Westboro announced Friday that it would picket Biden’s funeral. “As for Beau Biden, his life was cut short by the will of God to whom all glory is given and he has an eternity of answering to the Lord for his own words, thoughts, actions and sins,” the protest announcement said.
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SOURCE: The (Wilmington, Del.) News Journal – Esteban Parra and Cris Barrish