— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) May 24, 2013
Dozens of people are tweeting, retweeting — and celebrating — that members of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church have been arrested in Oklahoma, where they were planning to protest to funeral of 9-year-old tornado victim Nicolas McCabe.
However, an LGBT rights group suggests the arrest was not of Westboro members:
Just got word that the arrest was NOT Westboro…but just a couple of “attention getters”
— SoonerRights4OK (@SoonerRights4OK) May 24, 2013
That tweet is drowned out by claims to the contrary, including this “confirmation”:
It’s confirmed that Westboro Baptist Church has been arrested in Moore for trying to protest without permit. #Boom
— Shane Morrow (@ShaneGrafton) May 24, 2013
A community in mourning united against the hateful protesters planning to disgrace a 9-year-old's funeral.Click here to read more
Two years ago Oklahoma passed a bill specifically targeting Westboro’s funeral protests, barring protests within 1,000 feet of a funeral. But this tweeter claims a new law was passed yesterday:
“@hailey_nicole__: Westboro got arrested?!” The governor passed a bill yesterday saying its illegal to protest funerals. Hooray for the law!
— Austin Duncan (@austinduncan24) May 24, 2013
Many are citing the lack of a permit, but again this has not been verified:
Westboro members get arrested for protesting without permits! That’s amazing! I love Oklahoma!
— JoSePh_MuElLeR_#52 (@Doom0723) May 24, 2013
This person mocks Westboro’s history of litigious action:
Westboro Baptist Church has allegedly been arrested in Moore protesting a funeral. Guess they have someone to sue now.
— Nathan H (@norm_1142) May 24, 2013
The hateful holy rollers declare victory in Missouri.Click here to read more
Looks like Westboro got arrested. At least that’s what friends who are at the funeral are saying. I hope it’s true.
— Necia Phoenix (@Necia_Phoenix) May 24, 2013