In return for their not protesting at the funeral today for Airman Nick Alden of Williamston, Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist church in Kansas took part in a debate with Bob McLain, Mike Gallagher and Dr. Royce Short, Dean of the School of Religion at Bob Jones University late yesterday on Upstate radio station WORD. Dr. Short of Bob Jones. Westboro activists often picket at the funerals of military personnel killed in action, other churches and funerals of celebrities– saying God is punishing America for being an evil nation.
The funeral for Alden is today (Saturday) at 2 p.m. at the Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson. Alden was shot and killed earlier this month by a terrorist in Germany.
A similar arrangement was made by a radio station in Arizona after Westboro threatened to picket the funeral of nine-year-old Christina Green, killed in a mass shooting in Tuscon this year,which injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.