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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 4:54 pm | Updated: 12:39 am, Sat Mar 8, 2014.

Police say they're prepared should members of a church known for staging protests at military funerals attend the Monday funeral a Waseca Marine.

Cpl. Caleb Erickson was killed Feb. 28 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kan., based-church known for protesting at funerals across the country, is encouraging its followers to attend Erickson's funeral.

Church members believe that God is repaying America for its tolerance of homosexuality by killing members of the U.S. military and use the protests to spread their message. Westboro Baptist been described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Anti-Defamation League

According to a press release on the church's website, "God hates America and is killing our troops in his wrath. Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to a fallen fool."

Waseca Police Cpt. Kris Markeson wouldn't go into details, but said the department has a plan in place should Westboro members show up. He said that he's research applicable laws dealing with free speech and protests at military funerals and that officers plan to strictly enforce those rules.

"We will be very heavily staffed on Monday," he said.

Members of the Patriot Guard will attend the funeral, Markeson said. The guard, according to its website, "ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders and honorably discharged veterans."

Should Westboro Baptist Church members come to Waseca, Markeson urges residents not to engage them.

"We don't want our people, our local people to confront them," he said. "People should focus on the sacrifice that Cpl. Erickson has made. Don't give them any attention. That's what they're trying to draw."

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  • leftthehatebehind posted at 3:57 pm on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    leftthehatebehind Posts: 72

    Did these fools show up? I know they are a lot of talk most of the time. They are a sick group of individuals.

  • Ofsilence posted at 11:57 am on Mon, Mar 10, 2014.

    Ofsilence Posts: 764

    This group is made up of a bunch of nutjobs. Nobody in their right mind would take them seriously. When I was in Kansas City they were outside one of the major arenas before a Foo Fighters concert doing this kind of stuff and people were just walking by laughing at them. No sane person supports them.

  • Deborah Salonek posted at 6:33 pm on Sat, Mar 8, 2014.

    Deborah Salonek Posts: 303

    I find it extremely sad that there would be protests at the funerals of our fallen heroes. The family should be able to grieve without all of that disrespectful interference. I encourage anyone who can to go and pay your respects by lining the streets with love, respect and honor as the fallen hero goes by. My prayers go out to his family, nothing is sadder than losing your child!


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