The extremist Westboro Baptist Church says it plans to picket at the funerals of Boston Marathon bombing victims, claiming God sent the blasts that on Monday killed three and injured more than 170 people.
The anti-gay institution known for protesting at the funerals of dead service members made the announcement via its Twitter page.
"The federal government is classifying the bombs as a terrorist attack, but say it’s unclear if it’s of a domestic or foreign nature," the release said. "Here’s a hint — God sent the bombs! How many more terrifying ways will you have the Lord injure and kill your fellow countrymen because you insist on nation-dooming filthy fag marriage?!"
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The group said Massachusetts invited "this special wrath from God" when it became the first state to pass same-sex marriage legislation in 2004.
Responding to the Westboro announcement, an online petition was launched on the White House website "We the People" calling for the group to be banned from the funerals.
"It's sickening to know that the [Westboro Baptist Church] will be picketing the funerals . . . There is no excuse for this kind of behavior," reads the petition that has received more than 93,600 signatures.
In addition to the petition, a Twitter account affiliated with the hacker group Anonymous also weighed in, warning Westboro on Monday that if it goes forward with its proposed picket it could become a target.
This isn't the first such announcement Westboro has made following an American tragedy.
After the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Westboro announced its intentions to picket at the funerals of the victims.
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The threat was thwarted after Anonymous hacked the church's website
and tweeted out the location of the motel where Westboro's members were staying. A group of prople later formed a human chain to block Westboro members from going through with its picketing.
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