Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to protest Saturday outside the funerals of two fallen Midlands soldiers.
The Topeka, Kansas-based hate group, known for celebrating the deaths of American soldiers, posted two press releases on its website detailing plans to "preach" at a "lawful proxmitiy" outside the funerals of 1st Lt. Ryan Rawl and Spc. John D. Meador II.
Rawl and Meador, along with Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Bradford “Brad” Thomas of Easley were killed last Wednesday when a suicide bomber attacked their patrol in Afghanistan. Five other South Carolina guardsmen were also injured in the blast.
At this time, the services are not listed on the group's picket schedule but the location and times were prominently featured in the releases. No plans have been posted by the church regarding Thomas' funeral service.
This won't be the first time the controversial church has threatened to protest a funeral for a South Carolina soldier.
On the day of the funeral, hundreds of people from across the Upstate formed a human shield around Simpsonville First Baptist Church, where Whitmire's funeral service was held, but followers of Westboro Baptist Church were not to be found.