The Westboro Baptist Church has long been a thorn in the sides of grieving families due to their long-standing tradition of protesting the funerals of military members, entertainers, politicians, and LGBT members, just to name a few. The church believes that it is God who brings brutal death to people who do not live by the rules laid out in the bible.
These cherrypicking Christian extremists have done a great job of adding to the pain and suffering loved ones experience at the funerals of their dearly departed friends and relatives. The church recently extended this act of religious hatred to families of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims in Orlando.
God hates fags.
God sent the shooter.
God hates murderer Omar Mateen.
Omar Mateen & slain fags are in hell.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) June 12, 2016
This time, however, the church was met by an unlikely force. A group of people who volunteer to stand arm-and-arm, forming a human barricade. They wear a winged frame and cloak themselves in white. Their large wings block the WBC from viewing the sacred ceremony.
— Catherine Welch (@CWELCHFL) June 18, 2016
Not only was the church blocked from seeing the funeral, but their loud chants and protests were completely drowned out by the singing of “Amazing Grace.” Undoubtedly a very touching scene, to say the least.
The angels were first seen in 1998, when the Westboro Baptist Church protested the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was beaten, tied to a fence, and left to die for no other reason but that he was gay. At that time, the angels were comprised of Matthew’s friends, who were trying to shield his parents from signs that read “Matthew Shepard Burns in Hell” and “Thank God for AIDS.”
Now, 18 years later, the WBC has grown even stronger, and expanded their list of enemies. Also expanded, are the groups of angel volunteers that follow the church’s every move to offer free protection from this disgusting group of people.
Watch the video below courtesy of Twitter:
Amazing grace against Westboro Baptist Church. pic.twitter.com/jmkpZdRefF
— Alex Harris (@harrisalexc) June 18, 2016