Funeral Protesters Visit Eugene
Settle was laid to rest after he was killed serving in Iraq. But, what should have been a quiet day of mourning and remembrance was interrupted by church members from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.
"What we're actually going to accomplish is to blind your eyes, stop your ears, and harden your hearts so that you'll never see, you'll never hear, and you'll never understand and receive saving faith at this hour." said church member Shirley Phelps-Roper.
The group protested, saying that soldiers are dying in Iraq because the United States tolerates homosexuality. One WWII veteran said he didn't agree with the protestors.
"I don't think they've got a right to be down here. We didn't have any protestors during WWII," said WWII veteran James Haidusek.
Church members protested by carrying signs, wearing American flags, and turning flags upside down.
"This is first demonstration I've ever seen for somebody that was killed, and I still don't believe in it and I don't like some of their signs they got up," Haidusek said.
Law enforcement surrounded the protestors but did not make any arrests. According to Cole County Sheriff Greg White, the protest was relatively short and satisfactorily resolved.
Reported by: Andrew Shin
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