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Westboro Church Threatens to Come to Vigils, Police Not Worried

The Naugatuck Police Department plans to have a heavy presence at a vigil tonight in their town.

 

The Naugatuck Police Department says it has received many calls from residents and statewide media regarding rumors about the Westboro Baptist Church's plans to picket at a vigil planned tonight on the Town Green to honor Sandy Hook Elementary School victims.

Lt. Bryan Cammarata, Naugatuck police spokesman, reached out to Naugatuck Patch to assure residents they "have nothing to worry about."

"We don't anticipate any kind of problems, but we are taking precautions just in case," he said, adding that Westboro Baptist Church members have not attempted to receive a permit to protest at tonight's vigil. "We have heard the same rumors as everyone else. But we want to make sure people know that they should attend the vigil if they had planned to. This should be their time to grieve and it will be a safe place to do just that. They should not stay home or keep their children home because of this. We will have plenty of officers on hand to handle any situation that could arise. Again, we do not anticipate an issue, but we are preppared just in case."

Tonight's vigil is planned for 6 on the Naugatuck Town Green, at the corner of Division and Church streets. In case of rain, it will be moved into the Naugatuck Congregational Church at 1 Division St., also known as Frank Johnson Way.

The Westboro Baptist Church, according to Time Magazine, has made threats to protest at funerals or services for those who died in the Sandy Hook shootings. They say deaths are punishment from God and believe a reason is because prayer in not allowed in schools.

"Westboro Baptist Church has made many enemies thanks in large part to its practice of demonstrating at the funerals of of U.S. soldiers, AIDS patients and celebrities — whose deaths, according to the church, are punishments from God," Time magazine states. Read more on the Time website here.

The Huffington Post, which, like Patch is an Aol. property, reported that Wesboro Church members plan to protest vigils for Sandy Hook.

"Members of the Westboro Baptist Church say that America is being punished for its acceptance of gays and lesbians. In recent days, Phelps family members have sent tweets about the Connecticut shooting that have said 'God sent the shooter,'" the Huffington Post reports.

Rumors that Church members are staying in Naugatuck have been unfounded so far. Patch called the Naugatuck Motor Lodge Monday night, and the manager there said someone from the Westboro Baptist Church had called at 5:30 p.m. yesterday inquiring about rooms but said he would call back and never did. The manager told Patch that he would not rent rooms to church members.

So far, Westboro Baptist Church members have not shown up to vigils regarding the Sandy Hook incident. People organizing tonight's events, however, are encouraging many people to attend tonight so that those who want to mourn will far outnumber any potential protestors.

 

Will Wilkin December 18, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Who would want to pray to that kind of a God? One who kills innocents if not worshipped? Westboro Baptist folks seem like the next perps, finding a way to fit murder into their social agenda. Is there no limit to their insanity? Their version of "God" deserves nothing but contempt.
John M. Joy December 18, 2012 at 10:04 PM
The best way to handle jerks like this is to ignore them, and not give them the attention they crave. (We did that to the Klan back in grad school once when they planned a march.)
Paul Singley December 19, 2012 at 01:59 AM
They did not show up, thank goodness. It was a good ceremony.
Dave April 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM
This was posted on 12-13-12 Paul how did you know that the murders at Sandy Hook would take place a day early?
Dave April 19, 2013 at 03:29 PM
How did you know this a day befor the attack?
Ed Smith April 19, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Dave why would you make such a strange interpretation of what is obviously a typographical error in the article date?
Dave April 19, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Odviously. Ha Ha
Dave April 19, 2013 at 08:13 PM
If it was posted on the 13th it is not a Typo.
Dave May 18, 2013 at 10:18 PM
If it was a typo Paul why change the date to the 19th. No Class Paul
Dave May 26, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Paul Singley is a hack and a fraud.
Ed Smith May 27, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Well "Dave," considering Paul has brought us thousands of accurate and timely news reports relevant to our community, and you seem to have supplied zero useful content ever, your comments here reflect badly on you, both in style and in implication of what you are in comparison to Paul.
Dave May 27, 2013 at 05:36 PM
Then why did Paul change the date Ed?
Dave June 18, 2013 at 02:04 PM
Sandy Hook was a Hoax. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaVUhntWFhM&feature=youtu.be

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