ELLIOTTSBURG, PERRY COUNTY—State Police say they have not received any official word that the Westboro Baptists will in fact protest the funeral for the seven Clouse children killed in a farmhouse fire last week.
"Our intelligence and investigative inquires lead us to believe that they won't be showing up," said Tpr. Tom Pinkerton, Pennsylvania State Police.
Police are telling people who were planning to attend the funeral for the purpose of buffering WBC members, that they are not needed. In a news release issued Monday afternoon, State Police PIO trooper Tom Pinkerton says the pastor conducting the service Tuesday in Elliottsburg respectfully requests people who were planning to come and shield the family from the protestors not attend the services.
The announcement by the controversial Topeka, Kansas "church" that they planned to protest the children's funerals last Friday sparked a backlash against the WBC. It inspired a huge organized response via social networking sites of people planning to counter the protestors efforts and shield the grieving family from WBC's twisted messages.
Moritza Termin, with the peaceful protest group, Stand Up To Westboro, says she will follow the family's wishes. She is encouraging other people to do the same.
"It is a very tight knit community and Perry County takes care of themselves, they honestly don't need us and we'll honestly be more overwhelming and harmful," said Termin.