Westboro plans protest of two SC soldier funerals

A Westboro Baptist church member protests outside the State House in 2010.
A Westboro Baptist church member protests outside the State House in 2010.

Westboro Baptist Church, the church known for protesting at soldier's funerals, will be in the Midlands for the funerals of two fallen service members.

According to the Topeka, Kansas-based church's website, WBC members will be at the memorials for 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl and Spc. John D. Meador II.

Rawl and Meador were among three South Carolina National Guardsmen killed in a suicide bomb attack last week in Afghanistan.

This won't be the first time the controversial church has been in South Carolina. Several members of the church protested outside the State House and Fort Jackson in 2010.

The church has protested over 200 military funerals, saying God kills American soldiers to punish America for "embracing homosexuality." Church members display signs with epithets such as "God hates fags" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."

In two press releases to advertise the protests, the church signs off with "Thank God for IEDs".

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