A line of “angels” blocked protestors from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church from interrupting the funerals of victims of the Orlando gay nightclub massacre. The line of people wearing large, homemade angel wings were part of a collection of nearly 200 people who turned out to form a human chain to prevent the protestors from disrupting the processions.
According to The Washington Post, “Throughout the demonstration, ‘Amazing Grace’ reverberated softly among the demonstrators who quietly sang in unison.”
The controversial “church” from Kansas, which is primarily made up of members of a single family, regularly protest high-profile funerals with signs that display anti-gay slurs and hateful slogans.
But instead of interrupting the funerals of several people killed in the terrorist attack on the Pulse nightclub, the protestors were blocked by the angels, a group of bikers, members of the LGBT community, priests and people from around the country.
According to The Washington Post, the Orlando Shakespeare theater came up with the idea of donning the large angel wings to prevent funeral-goers from having to see Westboro’s hate-filled messages.
49 people were killed last weekend when a gunman—who pledged his allegiance to ISIS—opened fire on a crowd at the local nightclub.