An unidentified man was arrested Saturday after he threw hot coffee on protesters from Westboro Baptist Church while they picketed the funeral of Beau Biden, Vice President Joe Biden’s son.
The man threw the coffee at the protesters when they were packing up their things, following nearly an hour of holding up objectionable signs and singing insulting songs ahead of Biden’s funeral, the New York Daily News reports.
Biden, the oldest son of the vice president, died at the age of 46 one week ago from brain cancer. He served in Iraq for a year in 2008 and 2009 as a lawyer for the Delaware Army National Guard, and was the former attorney general of Delaware.
Three protesters were sent by the notoriously hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, to picket outside St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church, where the service for Biden was being held.
The protest was aimed not only at Biden, but the vice president himself.
"Joe Biden has enraged the LORD his God, such that His judgments are upon Biden and his family in wrath," the Westboro Baptist Church wrote on its website. “As for Beau Biden, his life was cut short by the will of God to whom all glory is given and he has an eternity of answering to the Lord for his own words, thoughts, actions and sins."
The protesters were met by a much larger counter-demonstration singing "Amazing Grace" and holding American flags, reports USA Today. Some of the participants held pink signs to block the Westboro posters.
As many as 100 counter-protesters were present at a given time.
Their presence only encouraged Westboro member Shirley Phelps-Roper.
"This is where the eyes and the ears of the nation are today," Phelps-Roper said.
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