Skip to comments.McAlester Oklahoma honors its fallen hero (Wetsboro protesters call AAA after tires slashed)
Posted on 11/14/2010 9:17:35 PM PST by optiguy
Sgt. Jason J. McCluskey was laid to rest on Saturday with hundreds of his friends, family members and comrades in attendance. And there were hundreds more standing outside the First Baptist Church in McAlester listening to his memorial service via tall standing loudspeakers. And still there were hundreds more lining the roads and intersections from the church to the cemetery waving American Flags and patriotic signs. And there were yet hundreds more at his graveside services at the Tannehill cemetery.
The 26 year old Army paratrooper was killed in action on November 4th in Afghanistan. During his tour of duty Sgt. McCluskey was awarded two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star for his heroism. Jasons grandmother Anita McCluskey said that her grandsons mission in life was to be a protector and defender, and that is what he did. The small town of McAlester in South-Eastern Oklahoma came together as a community to honor their fallen hero and to honor the nation for which he laid down his life. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church made the trip from Kansas to spread their message of hate at Sgt. McCluskeys funeral. The group whose hatred of homosexuals has inexplicably been channeled into highly offensive protests at military funerals, discovered that they were in the wrong town on Saturday.
The Tulsa World reports that the half-dozen Westboro protesters were easily drowned out by the friends and neighbors of Sgt. McCluskey who shouted USA, USA, USA and countered the God hates America message of the protesters with a proud show of American patriotism. After enduring the stringing rebuke of McAlester patriots, the protesters returned to their minivan only to find that both passenger-side tires had been slashed. To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires,
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They forgot the sand for the gas tank.
Maybe they didn’t.
The “hissing heard round the world!”
Most of the Phelps crew are lawyers. They sue anyone who does anything against them. I wouldn’t put it past them to sue the family of the fallen soldier for over the tire slashing.
Makes my day!
The US Supreme Court has proclaimed burning the American flag as the one-and-only form of "protected symbolic speech". Of what consequence are a couple of tires?
If the slime sues, the defendant's attorney has to remember that the prorated value of the tires be used. Otherwise, this could be a scan for Westboro to get free new tires, plus punitive damages.
Anybody can sue anybody, winning in court is another matter. With no legal way for the ‘Burros to force an investigation of who was responsible (McAlester chief of police: “Tire slashing? What tire slashing?”), the good ole Okie rednecks will force the Westie boys to royally get lost.
God, I am so torn!
* I can’t condone vandalism and I MUST support free speech — we show our TRUE support for the 1st Amendment by allowing speech we despise.
* Wasn’t shouting them down and blocking them enough?
* Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress is a valid legal concept - “Free Speech” is not absolute and speech designed SPECIFICALLY to hurt someone one purpose can and should be curtailed. This is doubly true for our fallen heroes.
* As the OP said — The Tea Party was an act of vandalism and if these people get enough guff that costs them personally, the may go away.
I don’t have an answer for myself...
Always good to have a tie-breaker.
(I am going with Thought B unless and until I am talked out of it)
The Westboro Baptist Church is not a church! It is the Phelps family. The head of that family must be a HOMOSEXUAL because he rants about homosexuality!!!!
There is a nice little “bomb factory” in McAlester, OK. Great people, but they do not tolerate anti-Americanism.
Oklohoma is NOT Obozo country. Not a single county in the state voted for him. Not one.
These Dumb Shiites messed with Little Dixie?
Lucky their tires were all that got slashed.
Or maybe his mother was frightened by a gay while she was pregnant with him. Politics-wise, these are ‘rats.
Cross your fingers.
There sure is and they are all over Oklahoma.
They should try this in Pryor and see how that goes.
Same in Amarillo, but upscale a bit on yield.
Locals there think much like those in OK. I lived in Piedmont for 7 years and traveled that state and several others for many more. We loved OK, and the people.
Hartshorne, Pittsburg County Bump!
Absolutely no good can come from these Westboro miscreants.
This will very likely end badly for them and they will have sacrificed themselves for a totally meaningless and misguided cause.
Until his would be mockees have learned to answer by flouting him wherever he goes, he will not consider his day in the sun to be over.
I drive through McAlister every time I visit my sister in Fort Smith. Great town!
The only reason the Great State of Texas doesn’t fall into the ocean is because Oklahoma sucks.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Better Sooner than later or an Arkie. LOL
“Wasnt shouting them down and blocking them enough?”
They were lucky to escape town with only their tires slashed.
Damn, only 2 tires slashed, there was more work needed to be done on their van..........if you follow my drift.
They could’a stole their 8 track player....
Ssssshhh! I hear tell it's supposed to be sugar... '-)
A consequence of my 7 years in Piedmont is that my daughter is an OU grad. She and her husband live in Hutton, TX now.
I am totally illiterate when it comes to sports and am totally disinterested in sports also.
As far as Texas and OK are concerned, we have a long history of more cooperation than either states residents admit to.
I found it interesting that Sam Houston went to Oklahoma during the Civil War, because he took the unpopular position that Texas should not succeed from the U.S. He was for a time pretty unpopular for that position. He lived with the Indians in OK till the war was over. (he even married one, he had several wives)
Sugar, sugar! It is far more of a problem than sand.
Precisely. Who is to say the tires were just flat and they caused the cuts from driving on a flattened tire?
I used to be a Ride captain in the PGR. Whenever the Phelps clan showed up here, their van was always a rental.
Prior to one funeral, I had to appeal to the local folks not to vandalize their RENTED van by throwing paint balloons at it.
I always tried to keep things as peaceful as possible, so that my families could grieve in quiet dignity.
I've got to admit, however, that slashing those tires was pretty darn quiet!
Were I on a grand jury I would refuse to indict, were I on a jury I’d vote NOT GUILTY.
It’s about time. Yes, they have a right to protest, but so does the other side.