A group of staff and volunteers from Orlando Shakespeare Theater as well as the Orlando arts community work together to build “Angel Wings” to block Westboro Baptist Church members protesting the funerals of the Orlando shooting victims. When finished, they will look like this.
The notorious Westboro Baptist Church said it will protest the funerals of victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 victims dead.
The anti-gay church—known for protesting the funerals of U.S. service members and notable gay people—said in a statement posted on its website that “God sent the shooter.”
Orlando Police confirmed on Twitter that the department had received a letter from the church saying they planned to come. Despite universal condemnation across the political spectrum, local authorities have little recourse to stop the church’s protests. The Supreme Court upheld the group’s right to free speech in public places in 2011.
In response to threats from Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funerals of the victims of the Orlando gay bar shooting rampage, Florida theatre folk are planning to don large white angel wings to block the view of the protesters and their signs from family members and other mourners.
Funerals are scheduled to be held starting this week.
— Westboro Baptist Church (@WBCSaysRepent) June 16, 2016
The gunman brought firearms into the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, FL, and proceeded to shoot 49 people to death and send another 53 to the hospital with gunshot wounds. The killer was later shot dead by police.