Louisiana shooter expressed admiration for anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church

Members of Westboro Baptist Church found themselves outnumbered by high school students and made a break for it.

Members of Westboro Baptist Church found themselves outnumbered by high school students and made a break for it.

Today, the Westboro Baptist Church tweeted: "God Sent The Shooter AGAIN!"

Today, the Westboro Baptist Church tweeted: “God Sent The Shooter AGAIN!”

LAFAYETTE, La. –— The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said it has had John Russell Houser’s name in its files since 2005, when he registered at former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke’s European-American Unity and Rights Organization conference.

In online forums, Houser wrote of the “power of the lone wolf” and expressed interest in white power groups, anti-Semitic ideas and the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, which protests soldiers’ funerals, the center said.

“Hitler is loved for the results of his pragmatism,” Houser wrote in January on the website stateofmind13.com. “There is no question of his being the most successful that ever lived. At this time the US is no more than a financially failing filth farm. Soon the phrase ‘ruling with an iron hand’ will be palatable anew.”

In another post on the Golden Dawn website, he said: “It is a shame Tim McVeigh is not going to be with us to enjoy the hilarity of turning the tables with an IRON HAND.”

If the below Tweet is to be believed, Westboro Baptist Church has every intention of picketing the funerals of the two women killed last night at the Grand Theatre, located on Johnson Street.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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