Former Soldier Arrested for Stalking Westboro Church Members
According to CNN, a veteran and amputee is being held on charges of stalking members of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based anti-gay organization best known for picketing soldiers funerals.
Retired Sgt. Ryan Newell of Marion, Kansas, is being charged with criminal use of weapons, stalking, and false impersonation of a law officer after being discovered outside of the Witchita City Hall with a car full of weapons and ammunition.
The church, a recognized hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, responded with their usual class:
Shirley Phelps-Roper, the church pastor’s daughter, said a judge has ordered Newell not to go anywhere near members of her family and church.
“Isn’t this an amazing turn of events?” Phelps-Roper told CNN. “These young people have gone to war with broken moral compasses and now they think they are in charge and that the mob is ruling the country.
“He comes with his cache of weapons and 90 rounds of ammunition and he’s going to kill us because we’re simply saying that if you stop sinning, God will stop this pain in Iraq and Afghanistan,” Phelps-Roper said.
“He thinks (if he is released on bail), he is going to go back and try it again. He’s already had a God-smack and he’s going to try to get another one again. This time he’s not going to lose his limbs. He’s going to lose his life. God is going to kill him. He warned, ‘Don’t touch my people,’” Phelps-Roper said.
The church has been having less and less success at picketing recently, as more groups are standing up and banding together in order to block their access to events.
No one deserves to be threatened or stalked or put in physical danger. Still, it’s not difficult to imagine why so many supportive calls are allegedly coming into the local police station on behalf of Newall, asking that his bail be reduced.