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Facebook effort launched to block Westboro Baptist picket

Post by Stacey Mulick / The News Tribune on Feb. 9, 2012 at 6:19 am |
February 9, 2012 6:19 am

NorthWest Music Scene has launched a Facebook effort to keep a notoriously anti-gay church from picketing the funeral service for two young brothers killed Sunday in a violent house fire.

“We will be out in full force to help create a buffer so this memorial can take place peacefully,” the group wrote on the “Keep Westboro Church away from Powell Memorial” Facebook page.

Charlie, 7, and Braden, 5, Powell were killed Sunday during a scheduled visit with their father, Josh Powell. A funeral service for the brothers is scheduled to begin Saturday at 11 a.m. at Life Center Church in Tacoma.

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.

Occupy Seattle has announced a counterprotest.

NorthWest Music Scene encourages Facebook users to join them at Life Center Church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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