Westboro Baptist Church members flee during protest in tornado damaged town

Posted at 3:29 PM, Apr 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-07 15:29:26-04

MOORE, Okla. (WTVR) – Hundreds of people turned out to counter protest during Westboro Baptist Church’s protest in Moore, Okla. Sunday. Westboro Baptist Church members previously said God sent deadly tornadoes to Moore last year as punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality, reported KFOR in Oklahoma City.

“It’s just sickening. You know, it’s just innocent kids that lost lives and it’s sickening for them to even think that way,” counter protester Amanda Eccles said.

Eight minutes into Westboro’s planned 30-minute protest, some counter protesters crossed the street to confront Westboro members.

“I was afraid of a riot really. I didn’t know how long Westboro would stay, which they were smart to leave,” Dan Eccles said.

Police held back Moore residents while Westboro member rushed to pack their signs and leave.

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