Members of the Westboro Baptist Church were in Moore, Oklahoma, Sunday, to spread the message that a vengeful God sent the tornado that devastated the town nearly a year ago. Westboro had a permit to picket the junior high school that has been housing the elementary school students whose school was destroyed. 24 people died in that tornado, including 9 children, 7 of them at the elementary school.
Hundreds of Moore residents lined the street across from Junior high, ready to confront the WBC clan, and some crossed the street to go after them.
Amanda Eccles said, “It’s just sic kening. You know, it’s just innocent kids that lost lives and it’s sickening for them to even think that way.”
Kristy Hensley said, “They’re judging us because they think that, you know, we deserve what we got you know. But you know, their judgement day will come.”
Westboro’s permit to picket was for half an hour.
They had been there a mere eight minutes when several people took matters into their own hands.
Dan Eccles said, “I was afraid of a riot really. I didn’t know how long Westboro would stay, which they were smart to leave.”
Police held the Moore residents at bay while the Westboro bunch fled the scene.
Dan Eccles said, “They shagged tail, got in them cars and was leaving in a hurry. Oh yeah, they was gone!”
Tina Johnson said, “I thought it was hilarious. I mean I really did. We sat there and laughed the whole time. They were running, yeah.”
Amanda Eccles, no doubt spoke for many when she said, “I think it’s just impressive how Moore comes together as a family and stands for their town.”
Hat tip: Weasel Zippers