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Westboro Church Members Don't Like Elvis

Memphis stands up for Elvis
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A group of singing Memphians ran a group of controversial picketers from a Kansas church right out of town.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, KS, known for picketing outside soldier's memorial services, picked Memphis, organizers say, because of Elvis Presley.

"I don't see anyone, I see people here representing the city of Memphis, saying how much we love this city," said Allan Creasy, as he was dressed as Elvis.

There was some initial confusion, as no one from Westboro appeared at an area designated by Memphis Police to rally outside Graceland.

"Rock and roll is not of the devil, rock and roll is just fun," said Creasy.

Eventually, the Westboro members were spotted a few blocks away from Graceland. Counter-protestors then streamed towards them.

"They had to do it over there at Kentucky Fried Chicken, that only tells me one thing, they are chicken," said Bud Stonebreaker. "Graceland is down there, man... I mean good God almighty."

"When the police officers had an agenda that was less then forthright we just picked a spot," said Shirley Phelps-Roper, with Westboro.

As the crowd of counter-protestors swelled, Phelps-Roper apparently had enough. She made a phone call, and suddenly two minivans pulled up.

Westboro members got into the minivans and drove off as members of the crowd started singing.

"I don't know what they were afraid of, we are fairly non-violent, we are singing songs, and talking about how much we love the city," said Creasy. "They are the angry ones."

According to Westboro's website, the group planned to rally on Saturday morning, protesting against the region's devotion to football.
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