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Church agrees to not protest Arizona funerals

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 01:48 p.m. HST, Jan 12, 2011


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Kansas church known for picketing the funerals of slain servicemen and blaming their deaths on the country's tolerance of homosexuality won't protest at the funerals of any victims of the shooting rampage in Tucson, Ariz.

Shirley Phelps-Roper of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka says her church has agreed to avoid Thursday's funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green in exchange for live interviews on radio shows in Canada and Arizona.

The church also promised to not protest the Friday funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll or other shooting victims after a nationally syndicated radio show agreed to host church members.

Christina and Roll were among six killed in the shooting Saturday targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Westboro church members picket high-profile funerals to promote their beliefs.

The Arizona Legislature unanimously passed a measure Tuesday banning protests at or near funeral sites.

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