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Patriot Guards: Fighting the Hatred (fred phelps continues to disrupt military funerals)
Michelle Malkin ^ | Tuesday December 27, 2005 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 12/27/2005 1:59:34 PM PST by ajolympian2004

PATRIOT GUARDS: FIGHTING THE HATRED

By

Michelle Malkin

  ·   December 27, 2005 01:50 PM

The execrable Fred Phelps and his "church" continue to disrupt the funerals of fallen soldiers across the country. Jim Hoft has the latest.

The good news is that veteran bikers of all political stripes have united to form the Patriot Guard Riders. Their mission:

We have one thing in common besides motorcycles. We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security. If you share this respect, please join us.

We don’t care what you ride, what your political views are, or whether you’re a "hawk" or a "dove". It is not a requirement that you be a veteran. It doesn't matter where you’re from or what your income is. You don’t even have to ride. The only prerequisite is Respect.

Our main mission is to attend the funeral services of fallen American heroes as invited guests of the family. Each mission we undertake has two basic objectives.

1. Show our sincere respect for our fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

2. Shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors.

We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

Contact info for Patriot Guard organizers and state chapter heads is here. Spread the word.

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Background on Phelps at:

Mudville Gazette, Gryphmon, Clayton Cramer, Blackfive

Giving Christians a bad name



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; US: Kansas; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; airforce; algore; army; blameamerica; enduringfreedom; fredphelps; gatewaypundit; gore; gwot; hoorah; iraq; iraqifreedom; jimhoft; malkin; marines; michellemalkin; navy; patriotguards; phelps; semperfi; traitor; usmc; usmilitary; wacholeftist; wackoleftist; wackoliberal; wot

Fred Phelps (left) and Al Gore (center)
Fundraiser at Phelps Home Topeka, Kansas

http://www.logcabinwa.com/archive/200010251159.shtml

1 posted on 12/27/2005 1:59:35 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004

Bump


2 posted on 12/27/2005 2:00:24 PM PST by indcons
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To: ajolympian2004
2. Shield the mourning family and friends from interruptions created by any protestor or group of protestors. We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means.

Damn.

3 posted on 12/27/2005 2:01:35 PM PST by Restorer
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To: All
From Gateway Pundit:

Hateful Protesters Show Up at Fallen Soldiers Funeral

HATEFUL PROTESTERS FROM THE WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH PICKETED THE FUNERAL OF ST. LOUIS ARMY SPECIALIST PETER NAVARRO,
VIDEO HERE


"He died because he was trying to make a difference, and being a soldier was what was making a difference in this time of life.
You know, I wanted him to go to college first. But he signed up without me knowing. He was a very strong-willed person. I admired him."

Jose Navarro,
Peter Navarro’s father
at the funeral of his son
December 23, 2005

Army Spc. Peter Navarro long ago made peace with the brutal reality of war. On Friday, his friends and family were forced to make peace with it, laying him to rest among a sea of white tombstones at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Navarro, 20, was killed Dec. 13 outside Baghdad in Iraq. The Wildwood resident was among a group of soldiers killed by an explosion while on patrol.

On Friday, the Army presented to Navarro's parents three medals for their son: the Good Conduct Medal, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. The commendations only confirmed what the couple already knew - that their son died a hero.
Army Spc. Peter Navarro died a hero but that didn't stop some hateful nuts from protesting his funeral.

On Friday, December 23, 2005, when Specialist Navarro was laid to rest, hate-filled protesters from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka Kansas showed up to picket.

A protestor from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas outside the funeral service of fallen soldier Peter Navarro of Wildwood. (KMOV)

The Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket the funeral of St. Louis hero, Army Spc. Peter Navarro because "The government is tolerant of homosexuals!"

On Friday morning they chose the funeral of Army Specialist Peter Navarro to make their message heard.

About twenty church members marched in front of St. Claire of Assisi Church in Ellisville Friday morning.

Some of their signs are too graphic to be shown on television, but their point is simple. They say U. S. soldiers are being killed in Iraq because the government is tolerant of homosexuals.

A counter protest staged by a veterans group and other religious leaders shielded the funeral procession so the signs would not offend them.

Phelps protestors display their hate speech outside of the funeral of a fallen soldier in South Haven, Kansas in an earlier protest in November. (CJ Online)

When the Phelps gang tried to protest a soldiers funeral in South Haven, Kansas they were met by a group of veteran bikers who held their own larger and louder counter protest:

The peculiar Phelps logic has shifted the pickets from funerals of AIDS sufferers to funerals of Americans killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Phelps’ church says the deaths are the penance of a nation too accommodating of homosexuality or, alternatively, that the deaths of U.S. servicemen and woman are divine retaliation for a small bomb that caused about $1,800 damage in 1995 outside the Topeka home of one of Phelps’ daughters.

Legislators in two states are pushing laws to bar protests at funerals. At least one Tennessee county has adopted a resolution to keep picketers away from mourners.

That has triggered warnings of a First Amendment showdown. While Phelps family’s message strikes many people as offensive (one of their signs reads "Thank God For Dead Soldiers"), it is decidedly political.

And, so at one soldier's funeral in Kansas the hateful church members were met by a group of counter biker protesters!
The Biker Group is called the Patriot Guard Riders according to Jamie Allman from 97.1 FM radio. They are dedicated to show sincere respect for fallen heroes, their families, and their communities.

Hat Tip to Jamie Allman at The Electric Stove and Free Republic

Update: (Tuesday AM) This update from an email just made my day!

** Thanks to friend Steve Carter, a biker, for this terrific update! **

On November 2, 2005, in South Haven, Kansas, the hateful Westboro Baptist Church members had gathered to protest at the funeral of Sgt. Evan Parker.

But this wasn't their day!

Over to honor Sgt. Evan Parker!

Before anyone arrived for the funeral service, we formed a blockade, three to four bikers deep, completely obscuring the protesters from view of the high school and the mourners. We held American flags high to block their signs and whenever they would begin their chanting, we would drown them out with our own chants of "USA" and the revving of our engines. They didn't stand a chance. After a couple of hours, they loaded into their van and were escorted out of town.

The family had asked that those of us, who could, attend the graveside service and join them for food at the Methodist church afterward. It seemed main street was the only paved road, so while the service was going on, Craig and I headed to main street to get away from the dust. We parked at the side of the road, found a shady piece of grass, and lay back and relaxed. I was amazed at how many people drove by, pulled over, and thanked us for coming. One older gentleman, a vet wearing a WWII ball cap, even got out of his car and tried to give me five dollars for dinner.

When the funeral service let out, we stood beside our bikes at attention as the hearse and family cars drove past. We mounted up and pulled away from the curb, joining the group of riders heading to the cemetery. The protesters did not show up at the interment and the service was as moving as was to be expected.
Michelle Malkin has posted more information on the Patriot Guard Riders today.

4 posted on 12/27/2005 2:02:58 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004

Thanks for posting this (I think). I had no idea this was happening. No sense of decency whatsoever. Can't the Baptists reel in their own?


5 posted on 12/27/2005 2:03:06 PM PST by gotribe (Hillary: Accessory to Rape)
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To: gotribe
Thanks for posting this (I think). I had no idea this was happening. No sense of decency whatsoever. Can't the Baptists reel in their own?

The traitors from fred phelps group were here in Greeley, Colorado a few weeks back, but the motorcycles and other counter protestors made sure they were not heard. I think some FReepers were there as well.

6 posted on 12/27/2005 2:05:46 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: ajolympian2004
This guy is real pondscum.
7 posted on 12/27/2005 2:05:56 PM PST by colorado tanker (I can't comment on things that might come before the Court, but I can tell you my Pinochle strategy)
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To: gotribe
I wonder if his "church" is even officially part of any larger Baptist organization, or if he just leeches off the name.
8 posted on 12/27/2005 2:06:40 PM PST by inquest (If you favor any legal status for illegal aliens, then do not claim to be in favor of secure borders)
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To: inquest

I'm very surprised he hasn't been injured yet. I know how I'd feel at a relative's funeral if a guy like that showed up.


9 posted on 12/27/2005 2:10:26 PM PST by gotribe (Hillary: Accessory to Rape)
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To: inquest

I had always thought the Baptists were more congregationalist in nature, meaning, other than the basics, each individual church decides what they're going to emphasize and what they won't, although most end up going along the same line


10 posted on 12/27/2005 2:10:56 PM PST by AzaleaCity5691 (The enemy lies in the heart of Gadsden)
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To: ajolympian2004
Patriot Guard Hog Heaven Bump!

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

11 posted on 12/27/2005 2:12:35 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: inquest

I believe he just uses a religous group as cover.He and his family members form most of the"church".A disbarred attorney,a loser.


13 posted on 12/27/2005 2:29:49 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: colorado tanker

Ya know, that Phelps guy can't live forever, and it might be worth going to his funeral for a "protest". Could be interesting.


14 posted on 12/27/2005 2:31:54 PM PST by Lekker 1 ("Computers in the future may have only 1000 vacuum tubes..." - Popular Mechanics, March 1949)
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To: gotribe
Can't the Baptists reel in their own?
Since Baptists are entirely non-heirarchical in nature, I doubt that there is any possible way.

15 posted on 12/27/2005 2:32:00 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: Thombo2

His whole family and 'church' consists of sleazeball lawyers who will sue you at the drop of a hat, which is why so many people are unwilling to take him on.


16 posted on 12/27/2005 2:33:27 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: ajolympian2004
Best post I have seen in a long time here. Lots of folks are unaware of this nutjob. Good that Muchelle is exposing him

Very fine post!

And a double kudos to the bikers.

17 posted on 12/27/2005 2:38:35 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: ajolympian2004

mark


18 posted on 12/27/2005 2:45:09 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: ajolympian2004

"We accomplish the latter through strictly legal and non-violent means."

I was interested up to this point.


19 posted on 12/27/2005 2:47:32 PM PST by BadAndy (The DemocRATs are the enemy's most effective weapon.)
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To: don-o; All
Patriot Guard bikers counter demonstration at at PFC Ryan Mackenzie's LDS funeral in Greeley, Colorado a few weeks ago:


Other pictures from this counter protest:

PFC Ryan MacKenzie

20 posted on 12/27/2005 2:49:43 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: BadAndy
I was interested up to this point.

And....?

21 posted on 12/27/2005 2:51:18 PM PST by don-o (Don't be a Freeploader. Do the right thing. Become a Monthly Donor!)
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To: dd5339

These guys ROCK!!!


22 posted on 12/27/2005 2:51:24 PM PST by cavtrooper21 (No snappy tagline ideas available at this time... Please try again later.)
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To: Lekker 1
Ya know, that Phelps guy can't live forever

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1547785/posts
23 posted on 12/27/2005 2:54:30 PM PST by Rastus
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To: Lekker 1
If this guy keeps disrupting vets funerals he just might have an accident, like accidentally running into a wall . . . or a fist.
24 posted on 12/27/2005 3:04:41 PM PST by colorado tanker (I can't comment on things that might come before the Court, but I can tell you my Pinochle strategy)
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To: reagan_fanatic

The whole family is a bunch of losers.He and his family were supposed to show up at a military funeral in my area.The Church was packed and outside about a dozen or so of us waited for Fred and friends.He was a "no show".We were warned that they might try to bait people(verbal abuse,spitting,etc)into an assault and battery.Turns out his daughter agreed not to protest(come to FL)if she got radio time on a local station.She got an hour on a local station.


25 posted on 12/27/2005 3:09:03 PM PST by Thombo2
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To: Thombo2

The "Tony Soprano" elements in this country should be given a mission to Topeka, Kansas.


26 posted on 12/27/2005 3:10:38 PM PST by ajolympian2004
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To: reagan_fanatic
Watch Phelps take names from the Patriot Guards website and slap lawsuits on all of them.

He's really lucky he hasn't been treated with a 150 gr. Pb suppository.

27 posted on 12/27/2005 3:13:15 PM PST by AK2KX
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To: ajolympian2004

Anybody who disrupts a family funeral for a fallen military person should have a mudhole stomped in their ass.

These moonbats are really getting sickening with their silly antics.


28 posted on 12/27/2005 3:19:22 PM PST by GaltMeister (“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”)
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To: Thombo2

I think his just showing up here would result in a severe ass-kicking.People in these parts have NO USE for a fool like him.


29 posted on 12/27/2005 3:38:21 PM PST by Farmer Dean (Every time a toilet flushes,another liberal gets his brains.)
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To: Farmer Dean
That POS Phelps and his filthy subhuman rabble will sue your ass off if you so much as look at them wrong, so be sure to maintain plausible deniability. Good luck.

It would be so much easier if the whole Westboro Babtist cult would just drink the kool-aid or develop some hideous flesh-eating malady and stop polluting the earth with their deviant depravity.

30 posted on 12/27/2005 4:34:29 PM PST by lesser_satan
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To: ajolympian2004

There have been several funerals of late that Phelps' group planned to protest, but apparently did not....


31 posted on 12/27/2005 4:49:49 PM PST by freema (Proud Marine Mom-What fools they are who doubt the ability of liberty to triumph over despotism)
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To: don-o

"I was interested up to this point."

"And....?"

And... now, I'm not.

i think a more physical expression of our disgust is appropriate.


32 posted on 12/27/2005 6:02:29 PM PST by BadAndy (The DemocRATs are the enemy's most effective weapon.)
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To: ajolympian2004

This guy needs one good ole country ass whuppin'!


33 posted on 12/27/2005 6:15:40 PM PST by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis)
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To: gotribe

Someone is in need of a high velocity lobotomy. Dire need.
I'm not suprised it hasnt happened yet, but this a-hole is gonna screw with the wrong persons funeral and will come face to face with Beezulbub about a millisecond later...


34 posted on 12/27/2005 8:15:12 PM PST by Stopislamnow
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To: gotribe; inquest; All

Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church is completely independent and not affiliated with ANY Baptist Church. Basically, anyone can set up a Baptist church.


35 posted on 12/29/2005 9:50:29 PM PST by Jacob Kell (NAACP-National Association for the Advancement of Commie Pinkos.)
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