Military Wives to Oppose Celebration of Pregnant Soldier's Death

Some Ft. Bragg military wives say they'll oppose a fundamentalist church's plan to celebrate the death of a pregnant dead soldier.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Wednesday a Kansas church plans a "gospel picket" on the death of 23-year-old Army Spc. Megan L. Touma, of Cold Spring, Ky. Police Sgt. John Somerindyke says Westboro Baptist Church is seeking a city permit for July 16.

The church has organized harassment of mourners at funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying war casualties are divine revenge for America tolerating gays and lesbians.

The newspaper said no messages could be left at the church's telephone number.

Touma was found dead at a Fayetteville motel June 21. No arrests have been made.

Danell Shafer of Fort Bragg Mommies says they will oppose the church's picket.