PHOENIX - The notoriously outspoken and often controversial Westboro Baptist Church has made several threats through social media intending to picket the funerals of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire near Prescott.
Westboro Baptist Church posted several tweets from their Twitter account within the last 48 hours, connecting the firefighter deaths to punishment for the world's apparent tolerance of homosexuality.
In a tweet posted at 2:56 p.m. Monday, the church said, "Westboro Baptist Church THANKS GOD for AZ fires that killed 19 firefighters!"
In another post, they retweeted Arizona Senator John McCain, adding their intent to picket: "WBC to picket! "@SenJohnMcCain: The City of Prescott has released the names of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who lost their lives yesterday."
In another tweet, "Arizona already starting their idolatrous procession of doom! Shame on you all! Stop worshipping MEN & worship GOD!"
On Tuesday morning, the Twitter account was announcing the names of those killed with the words "Roster of the Damned" before it.
The church is known for making these threats after national tragedies capture the world's attention. Whether they will make the 1,118-mile trek from their base in Kansas, a little more than 18 hours driving, remains to be seen.
Yarnell, Ariz. and Phoenix were not listed on the Church's official picket schedule .
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