March 4, 2006 - Posted at 12:44 p.m. CST
ANDERSON, Mo. (AP) _ Extra law enforcement has been called in to
help at the funeral of a southwest Missouri soldier killed in Iraq.
The officers will be on hand today to enforce a new Missouri law
prompted by what Governor Blunt's office calls the ``absurd''
protests of military funerals by a Kansas church group.
Members of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church have been picketing
services for soldiers killed in Iraq and elsewhere. The church says
the deaths are divine vengeance on the U-S for tolerating
The church has pledged to be in Anderson for today's funeral for
Private First Class Christopher Marion, killed last week by a
roadside bomb in Iraq.
A new state law bars protests ``in front of or about'' the site
of a funeral, burial or memorial from one hour before until one
hour after the service.