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Christina Taylor Green Funeral Today, Westboro Baptist Church Won't Picket

Kevin Douglas Grant |
January 13, 2011 | 9:13 a.m. PST

Executive Editor

Christina Taylor Green, the 9/11 baby who became the youngest victim of Jared Lee Loughner in Tucson, will be laid to rest Thursday afternoon.

In his address to the nation Wednesday night, President Obama said:  "If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is jumping in them."

Westboro Baptist Church, which had threatened to protest outside Green's funeral, has agreed not to do so in exchange for radio airtime in Canada and Arizona.  The church has gained a reputation for its vehement anti-gay stance and public spectacles that test the boundaries of the First Amendment.

The LA Times reported: "The Steve Sanchez Show in Phoenix and the nationally syndicated Mike Gallagher Show out of New York both offered 'substantial airtime' to the church. About six other stations did as well."

Green will be buried in a handmade red oak casket constructed by Trappist monks from Peosta, Iowa.  She had been invited to Rep. Gabby Giffords' (D-AZ) town hall event by a family friend.   

That friend, Suzi Hileman, invited Green because both had an abiding interest in the political process.  Hileman was also shot as the two waited in line to speak with Giffords.  She suffered multiple wounds herself, but was unable to save Green.

ABC News reports: "Hileman's husband says she is tormented by what happened to her little friend.  He said, 'I hear her in her semi-conscious ramblings screaming out, 'Christina, Christina, let's get out of here.'"'

Meanwhile, "Faces of Hope," a book of photography featuring Green and 49 other children born on 9/11, has been flying off the shelves.


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Tom (not verified) on January 13, 2011 2:57 PM

Any radio show willing to allow the WBC on should be ashamed of themselves. To think that they are doing it to protect the families is ignorant. We in Tucson can take care of our own. The only people being protected here are the WBC. They're being protected from the response they would have received from the people of Tucson.

Anonymous (not verified) on January 13, 2011 6:05 PM

I disagree. Even if they are able to get a few dozen listeners to listen to them spew their horrific ideology on the radio, it is better than the alternative. Their presence at the funeral today would have been reprehensible and been more along the lines of the shock value publicity this disgusting cult thrives on. While I know there would have been more than enough people to show up in support of the family and the little girl to block their ridiculous protests, the counter protests are a big part of what keep this "church" in the public's eye. They weren't there, which means major media outlets didn't feel compelled to cover them at all. Which means they weren't talked about. Which is the only way they will ever go away. The whole foundation of this group lies in its reliance on some sort of shock factor. Let them have their fifteen minutes on radio. It will garner far less attention than if they were at that poor girl's ceremony. If nothing else, the family was also able to grieve with a little less media attention (although it was still probably too much for a family in their situation).