Westboro Church to picket Powell boys' funeral as anti-gay protest; Occupy Seattle planning counter-protest
Tacoma, Wash., USA

Thu Feb 9, 7:06 a.m. PST: The News Tribune reports that a notoriously anti-gay church plans to picket Saturday’s funeral for Charlie and Braden Powell. The group's protest will be counter-protested by +Occupy Seattle.

Margie Phelps, daughter of the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church’s founder, tweeted Wednesday night that the church will attend the boys’ memorial service. The protest is to “remind” Gov. Chris Gregoire “they died because of her rebellion,” a reference to her support of same-sex marriages.

Charlie Powell, 7, and Braden Powell, 5, were killed Sunday after their father, Josh Powell, blew up his house in a gasoline-fueled inferno when they were dropped off for a supervised visit.

Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/08/2018371/westboro-church-to-picket-powell.html

Photo: Karen Livolsi , upper left, walks with her daughter Katie, 16, center, and friend Alex Ramirez, 17, right, as they view a growing memorial to Charlie and Braden Powell. (+The Associated Press via +KOMO News)
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