Westboro Baptist Church Plans to Protest Clark Military Funeral

Group plans to gather for Cpl. Kevin Reinhard's funeral Monday.

The Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest Monday in an effort to spread its belief that God is killing the troops because America accepts homosexuality.

“Cpl Reinhard gave his life for the constitutional right of Westboro Baptist Church to warn America,” according to a statement from the church. “To deny us our first amendment right is to declare to the world that Cpl. Reinhard died in vain, and that America is a nation of sodomite hypocrites.”

The funeral will be held at St. Agnes Church on Madison Hill Road in Clark at 9 a.m.

The Westboro Baptist Church, headquartered in Topeka, Kansas, has been protesting military funerals, claiming God is killing the troops because of homosexuality in the United States.

The church’s message is that God is against America for allowing the continuation of sin, according to the church’s statement.

“Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom and play taps to a fallen fool,” the statement read.

Check back to Patch for updates about security measures from Clark police.

Holly Walker January 26, 2012 at 07:41 PM
What can local citizens do to help keep this group away from Cpl Reinhard's family??? Please post if there is any legal resistance possible.
Ivey Clayton Cook II January 26, 2012 at 09:34 PM
They can only be kept away if the funeral is private. Otherwise, nothing can stop them.
Jennifer Creran January 26, 2012 at 10:57 PM
@Holly, here is an article I found on what one town did when these "people" cam to protest a funeral in their town. I'm up for it! This family has been through enough and needs to grieve in peace.
Holly Walker January 27, 2012 at 01:06 AM
@Jennifer - I didn't get the link or the article?? Would love to see it though
ally January 27, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I am attending that funeral to say good bye to a fellow fallen MARINE who died with honor, and courage. You would think that our fellow americans would have enough dignity to refraine from protesting on the day of CPL REINHARD'S funeral. He is one of the few that fought and gave the ultimate sacrifice for them to have the every day freedom's that they take for granted. Shame on them.
Karin Kiesow-Irvine January 27, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Hope January 27, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Anybody willing to get there early and block them from getting anywhere near the family & friends of the soldier? I'm down.
Holly Walker January 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
I'd be willing to go but can't get there until 8:30 or so....too late?
Jennifer Creran January 27, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I'm down too. I have to drop my daughter at school for 8:40, but I am literally 5 minutes away. Let me know! Jen
Jennifer Creran January 27, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Jennifer Creran January 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
There is a facebook page trying to gain community support to block the protesters. Please share and add as needed. Let's see if we can get a decent group to form a human chain to block this nuts and give Kevin & his family some peace.
Jennifer Creran January 27, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Thomas Scarano January 27, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I will be there with my american flag to counter these idiots
Susan Ruegamer Moraghan January 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM
From what I understand, Clark has laws in place that limits the distance the protesters can be from the church. I believe the distance ends up being about 1 block, so they cannot be in the direct vicinity of the church/school. These people are just kooks. My daughters attend St Agnes School and many of the kids are nervous about the protesters. I wish they would just let this solider have a proper funeral in the eyes of God as his family wishes. I know the church, school, and town are putting measures in place to keep these people at bay.
Leigh January 28, 2012 at 02:13 AM
If anyone has any contacts at local VFW's, American Legions or Patriot Guards in Union County then CALL THEM! Get them to rally their members. If these crazy people see that we won't stand by and let them harass the family of our fallen hero's then maybe they will finally stop. I am a Christian and there is nothing christian about their behavior at all. Jesus said that they will know we are Christians by our love. This cult is not showing love, they are showing their self righteous arrogance.
Coreena Foresee January 28, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Contact yoir local Veterans. They have a nation wide Harley Club that will bring in hundreds of War Veterans that will ride with and surround the funeral party and protect them!.
Jennifer Creran January 28, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Patriot Guard has been invited by the family and they ARE attending all services. http://pgrny.org/missions/missions/783-r7-cpl-kevin-j-reinhard-25-usmc-edison-nj-sun-mon-129-a-1302012
J January 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Baseball bats !! That's all it takes !! But unfortunately in this tree hugger world that we live in now everyone has something to say without having to be held accountable for it.
David Brown January 28, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I would hope St. Agnes church would take this wonderful opportunity to preach the message of God's love, even for those less fortunate souls who seek to provoke us. I would also find it uplifting if the church assembled some volunteers from amongst its congregation to reach out to these people, engage them in a spiritual conversation lovingly bringing up the examples like someone has mentioned "Ye shall know them by their fruits." Confronting them with a counter emotional attack or protest will have no effect!
Holly Walker January 28, 2012 at 11:10 PM
@david brown. I share the sentiments in your post, but I doubt that this group would listen. Confronting them would only give them the attention they want. Peacefully ignoring them while shielding the family is key.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something