On Monday, we highlighted how upset CNN's Erick Erickson seemed to be with people not talking about a "saving faith in Jesus Christ" following the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who is Jewish. In response, Erick Erickson wrote in a January 12 RedState post:
The atheists and twinkie eaters at Media Matters, also known as the Westboro Baptist D.C. Branch, are enraged that I dared mention Jesus and the absence of discussing him in the debate over Arizona.
The Westboro Baptist Church is an extremist anti-gay group known for protesting the funerals of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The group claims the soldiers' deaths are inflicted by God to punish the United States for accepting the "sin" of homosexuality. Members often carry signs reading "God Hates Fags" at the protests, which is also the name of its website.
The group had recently announced it would picket the funeral of a 9-year-old victim of the shooting in Tucson, Arizona, before agreeing not to protest, reportedly in exchange for air time on two radio stations. According to ABC News, "[t]he group still plans to picket Friday's funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll, and at the intersection where Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others were shot."