Church agrees to not protest slain child's funeral

January 12, 2011 12:09:08 PM PST
A Kansas church known for picketing the funerals of slain servicemen and blaming their deaths on the country's tolerance of homosexuality will not protest at the funeral of a 9-year-old girl killed in a 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 Christina Taylor Green in exchange for live interviews on radio shows in Canada and Arizona.

Phelps-Roper says the group still plans to picket the Friday funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll, who was also killed in the shooting targeting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that killed six people. 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.