Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is prepared to do everything in his power to block the Westboro Baptist Church from protesting the funerals of the victims in the last week’s Lafayette movie theater shooting.
According to The Hill, he issued an executive order yesterday (25 July).
‘In times of grief and mourning, the rule of law is especially important to protect the rights of citizens when they are most vulnerable, and any effort to disrupt or interfere with a family’s ability to grieve following the loss of a loved one is a reprehensible act,’ the Republican wrote, according to The Hill.
‘Any action by any individual or group to in any way disrupt, interfere, or cause additional suffering during this time of mourning is unconscionable and morally reprehensible,’ the order continued.
Last week, 21-year-old Mayci Breaux and 33-year-old Jillian Johnson were gunned down by John Russell Houser. The 59 year-old man, who according to reports had a history of mental illness, entered the theater and watched 20 minutes of the comedy Trainwreck. According to witnesses, he started shooting without saying anything.
He fired at least thirteen rounds in the audience of approximately 20 people, killing the two women and injuring nine.
According to his Twitter account, Houser supported the anti-gay church.
‘The Westboro Baptist Church may be the last real church in America[members not brainwashed],’ he allegedly tweeted in 2013 June.
The church quickly hailed the crime as an act justifying its crusade. Last Friday, 24 July, they posted the following on Twitter:
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) July 24, 2015