Phelps and his merry band of hate filled followers are planning to come to Arizona to protest outside of the youngest victim of Saturday's shooting, nine year old Christina Green's funeral.
Arizona citizens and bikers from all around are planning on placing themselves as human buffers to keep Phelps and crew from disrupting little Christina's funeral with their God Hates Fags signs.
Disgusted Arizona residents are locking arms to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals for victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, with bikers and others organizing a massive counter-protest and state lawmakers fast-tracking a bill to hamstring the so-called church.
The Kansas-based Westboro church is notorious for showing up at the funerals of dead soldiers and other high-profile gatherings wielding inflammatory anti-gay signs.
But when the church announced it would picket the funeral Thursday for the 9-year-old girl fatally shot over the weekend by a gunman at a Tucson grocery story who killed five others and injured 14 attending a town-hall session by Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Tucson- and Phoenix-area residents started organizing immediately.
Arizona legislators are acting fast as well to pass a bill which would forbid Phelps and his followers from coming within 300 feet of the funeral attendees, according to CNN.
In addition to the expected legislation, some Tucson residents are planning an "angel action" -- with 8-by-10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants to shield mourners from picketers. Angel actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church and its neon signs outside the 1999 funeral of Matthew Shepherd, a young gay man beaten and left on a fence to die in Laramie, Wyoming.
"We want to surround them, in a non-violent way, to say that our community is united," Gilmer said. "We're a peaceful haven."
Littell has notified the Pima County Sheriff's Department and has reached out to several other biker groups notifying them of their planned presence at Green's funeral. He crossed his fingers that the Hells Angels would join them.
"Nothing says stand back and be silent like a Hells Angels presence," he said.
Littell added that if the church moves on to picket other funerals, his riders will follow.
"We're getting word there's gonna be a pretty large presence of bikers," he said. "Word's spreading. And spreading quickly."
If you are an Arizona resident and wish to help protect the families, below is the information needed:
Christina Green Memorial Service Information
As an Arizona resident let me say, Westboro is not welcome here.