Radical church to picket Tuetenberg funeral

Published 4:55 pm Thursday, July 14, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based independent Baptist church mostly known for its political and social positions on a number of topics, announced its plans to picket Friday’s funeral service for a Florida family killed in a plane crash near Demopolis last Saturday.

According to a fax received by the Demopolis Times, the church plans to picket the services “of the Teutenberg family, killed in a plane crash by an angry God for the sins of a wicked nation…”

The release states that the family’s death was a “curse from God” directed at the State of Florida for its position on homosexuality, abortion, divorce and other issues.

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“The (homosexual supporting) residents of Florida, along with the rest of doomed america, raise your fists daily to your God & proclaim that you will not have that man Christ Jesus to reign over you,” the release says. “Through your rebellious deeds (institutionalizing sin with [homosexual] marriage, abortion, divorce & remarriage, etc.), you show your hatred of God and His standard. Doomed americans would rather behave as lovers of your own selves, covetous, boasters, blasphemers, truce-breaking, fierce despisers of those that are good, than repent and obey God. You hate the gentle sheep of WBC for warning you that your sins will take you to Hell. As a result, God sends you curses such as plane crashes that kill young families. Obey or perish.”

Fred Teutenberg, 42; wife, Terresa, who was in her mid-30s; daughter Emma, 2; son Peyton, 4; daughter Ellie, 6; son Brendon, 9; and son Will, 10 were all killed in a plane crash 10 miles west of Demopolis at approximately 6:34 p.m. Saturday evening.

Niceville (Fla.) United Methodist Church, which will host the memorial service, released the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the choice of the members of Westboro Baptist Church, should they decide to attend, to protest and attempt to use this tragedy to advance their agenda.”