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Jan. 13, 2006
 
Controversial Kansas Church to Picket Jan. 15 Sago Disaster Memorial Service in Buckhannon
 
By Brandon Woolum
Huntington News Network Writer
 
Click here to listen to the Westboro Baptist Church interview
 
Huntington, WV (HNN) – Following the recent events at the Sago Mine in Tallmansville, WV the nation has been drawn into the mix. National media have been in the state throughout the tragic up and downs and as the deceased miners were laid to rest.
 

Fred Phelps
Just as that attention begins to fade away the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas will be making a return to the mountain state. The controversial church group – rabidly anti-gay -- is led by Pastor Fred Phelps and is known for picketing events throughout the nation each week. In past years the group of followers has protested at several area Catholic churches and on the campus of Marshall University.
 
As the WBC members return to West Virginia they will be delivering their message to attendees of the memorial service that will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, 2006 for the 12 miners at Wesley Chapel in Buckhannon, WV. Beginning an hour prior to the service 16 members of the Kansas church will picket outside the chapel with signs such as “Thank God for Dead Miners,” “God Hates Your Tears,” “Cursed Not Blessed.”
 
Thursday afternoon, Jan. 12, 2006, we talked with one of the members of this Church via the telephone posing the question of “why are these people coming to West Virginia for this?” Follow the links to get an interesting look into the Westboro Baptist Church and their reasoning for protesting the memorial service for the deceased West Virginia miners.