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  • An Impressive Young Man (Vanity)

    07/01/2014 1:52:54 PM PDT · by South40 · 13 replies
    On yesterdays mission, we were standing a flag line to the entrance of the cemetery waiting on the arrival of the coach. This young man, or should I say, Patriot, was skateboarding down the opposite side of the road. He saw all the flags and just had to check it out. He crossed the highway and came up to Peacekeeper to inquire about all the hub-bub. After Paul Anderson explained what we were doing, Paul invited Andrew to join us which he seemed genuinely exited to do. Andrew stood next to me so I offered him my flag. I...
  • Veterans Give Proper Burial To Indigent Soldier

    11/22/2008 1:25:29 PM PST · by mdittmar · 13 replies · 873+ views
    CBS4 ^ | Nov 21, 2008 | CBS4
    A cemetery is a lonely piece of property, and another hero is coming home. A black hearse carried the body of a veteran, a day that almost didn't happen. Bruce Harris says, "The word indigent and veteran should never go together." But for three months, they did. In a flag draped coffin surrounded by military, is Edward Matheisen. A life that began Christmas day in 1924, and ended this past Halloween. He was 83-years-old when he died broke and alone. Bruce Harris, with the Pantry of Broward, told CBS4's Jim Robinson, "Anyone in that passing phase needs to be accompanied." The Pantry of...
  • Patriot Guard Riders Honor Troops and Country

    08/14/2008 1:11:33 PM PDT · by SHATNERFAN1706 · 21 replies · 729+ views
    Patriot Guard Riders Honor Troops and Country

    08/11/2008 8:34:15 PM PDT · by SHATNERFAN1706 · 15 replies · 220+ views
    Pictures, hopefully, of those countering Code Pink in Orange County California at the Orange Circle. The Patriot Riders are present every week now.
  • Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Tony Snow’s Funeral

    07/13/2008 11:16:27 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 281 replies · 1,491+ views ^ | 7/13/08 | MsUnderestimated
    Dear God, please let the Patriot Guard Riders know about this ahead of time. The Phelps gang is ready to strike, and they outline their intent here.
  • Phelps & "God Hates Soldiers" to Desecrate Funeral of SSG Matt Maupin, 27 April.

    04/16/2008 5:59:20 AM PDT · by xzins · 117 replies · 534+ views
    Religion ^ | 16 Apr 08 | Xzins
    Having heard talk of "God hates Soldiers" protesting the funeral of hero, Matt Maupin, whose remains have been recently restored to his family, I went to the devil's den at Westboro's website and found confirmation. From Phelps' own website, which I won't link to, because I don't want to give him traffic, comes this gem: Great American Ball Park 100 Main This is for the funeral of Army Staff Sgt. Keith M. Maupin. Thank God for another Dead Soldier! Whoohoo! That is some goodness right there! One item that I noticed only recently comes from Matt's family, and is information...
  • MELANIE MORGAN: Bay Area Brothers Welcomed Home from Iraq (Heroes Welcome! SF, CA)

    04/11/2008 10:34:48 AM PDT · by Syncro · 11 replies · 106+ views
    MelanieMorgan.Com ^ | Melanie Morgan
    Bay Area Brothers Welcomed Home from Iraq Written by Melanie Morgan    Friday, 11 April 2008 This story makes my heart skip a beat. Two brothers, both Marines, serving their country in Iraq, came home safely to the San Francisco Bay Area last night. And they were greeted as heroes at the airport by the Patriot Guard Riders, EaglesUP West Coast coordinator Doug Lyvere, family and soon- to- be friends. KPIX News covered it here.250 people showed up! The Boy Scouts waited anxiously to say hello.I know that readers of this blog from the South, the Midwest and other parts...
  • Homophobic Church Group to Picket Navy Air Station[Corpus Christi, Texas]

    01/30/2008 2:50:55 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 45 replies · 488+ views
    KRIS 6 TV ^ | Jan 29, 2008 | Roxanne Carrillo
    Homophobic Church Group to Picket Navy Air Station Members of a radical Kansas church who say God punished three Navy officers killed in the recent helicopter crash are planning to picket outside Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi. Members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church believe God punished the officers because of the sins of the nation. Picketing is set to start at noon Saturday at the main gate at SPID and NAS Drive in Flour Bluff. Church members are expected to carry signs that read "God Hates the Nation," and to thank God for the Jan. 16 helicopter crash that claimed...
  • Vietnam Vets Rally for Troops

    12/30/2007 10:01:03 AM PST · by mdittmar · 12 replies · 329+ views
    The Signal ^ | December 30, 2007 | Tammy Marashlian
    Decades ago, they came home to a country that had lost faith in them and their mission. "We didn't lose the war in the jungles," Roy Burns said. "We lost it here on our streets." Now Vietnam veterans Burns and Bill Reynolds are making sure that the troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan don't have the same experience they did when they came back to the United States. Reynolds and Burns hosted a "Support Our Troops Rally" Saturday to proclaim their support for the soldiers overseas and the mission in the Middle East. "You can't have one without the other,"...
  • Imagine No Hippies (Its Time To Give Long Overdue Thanks To Korean And Vietnam War Veterans Alert)

    11/29/2007 11:39:18 PM PST · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 487+ views ^ | 11/30/2007 | Melanie Morgan
    We just started a cross-country tour called "Honoring our Heroes for the Holidays" that will take us to New York City at the World Trade Center site. We are collecting more than 100,000 cards of love and support that we did not show our veterans of more recent wars, which I will take to our soldiers in Iraq. Our first stop on Monday was in Santa Nella, Calif., at The Remembrance Memorial for California Korean War Veterans. The names of 2,495 California veterans are engraved there. Our people were overwhelmed with the service of these veterans who gave their lives...
  • Michelle Malkin: Stop before you gripe

    11/24/2007 1:31:42 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 35 replies · 62+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 24, 2007 | Michelle Malkin
    Before you blow your top about the holiday hassle at the airport, the long lines at the grocery store, all the hours you'll spend cooking and cleaning, the uninvited guests who are crashing hubby's football party, and the endless Christmas shopping list that awaits, just stop. Stop and think of the Johnson family. Army Spec. John Austin Johnson of El Paso, Texas, is recovering from massive head wounds sustained in an attack involving an improvised explosive device. Spec. Johnson is a member of Fort Bliss' 4-1 Cavalry. He had survived five previous bombing incidents. That is not all. Earlier this...
  • Group salutes soldiers

    11/24/2007 2:22:17 PM PST · by mdittmar · 3 replies · 155+ views
    courierpress ^ | November 24, 2007 | THOMAS B. LANGHORNE
    Riders recognize troops,familiesNo soldier, Marine, sailor or airman should leave home to serve his country or return home without at least having the chance to be honored by the Patriot Guard Riders, says a local officer of the national organization. "There have been a number of people who've contacted us after the fact to say a family member in the military had come home, and they didn't know how to get a hold of us," said Newburgh resident Rick Williams, of one of Southwest Indiana's four Patriot Guard ride captains. Riding motorcycles or driving cars, the Patriot Guard Riders show...
  • Patriot Guard Marks Two Years Riding Missions

    08/29/2007 9:48:19 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 24 replies · 450+ views
    KWCH ^ | Aug 29, 2007 | Rebecca Gannon
    It was two years ago this month the Kansas Patriot Guard was born. It started with a group of local bikers showing up at the funeral of local soldiers.But since then, the Patriot Guard has become much more, even sparking similar groups in all 50 states.The Funcheon family looks through a photo album of pictures taken in the days after they learned their son Alex died in Iraq. They say it was a very difficult time, and 200 perfect strangers helped them through it. "The experience of having people you don't know honor one of your children," said Bob Funcheon,...
  • Patriot Riders salute the fallen. Group honors soldiers across state at funerals.

    08/04/2007 7:01:02 AM PDT · by MediaMole · 16 replies · 463+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8/3/2007 | Meg Jones
    Posted: Aug. 3, 2007 Watertown - They start in many places and gather at one. Dressed in black leather, in fatigues, in jeans, and yellow "Patriot Guard Riders" armbands, they come to honor the dead. And they come to let family members know their loved one's sacrifice will not go unnoticed. On Friday, it was this small southeastern Wisconsin community mourning the loss of a native son to battle. For the men and women on Harleys, Hondas, Yamahas, Kawasakis and even a yellow scooter, their journey to Watertown to take part in Marine Cpl. Matthew Zindars' final journey was a...
  • Motorcycle ride to honor three state Guardsman killed in Iraq (MN)

    06/22/2007 2:48:27 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 259+ views
    StarTribune ^ | 6/22/07 | AP/J.P. Cola, KWLM/KQIC
    A motorcycle ride will be held this weekend to remember three Minnesota National Guard soldiers killed in Iraq and to raise money for a scholarship in their name. The second annual LTD Ride will be held Saturday. LTD stands for Jesse Lhotka of Appleton, Jason Timmerman of Tracy and David Day of St. Louis Park. The three were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Iraq on Feb. 21, 2005. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 for a scholarship fund and $5,000 to send disabled veterans on a deer hunt at Camp Ripley.
  • 40 Years Later, Another March on the Pentagon

    03/15/2007 11:22:05 PM PDT · by tgslTakoma · 23 replies · 1,106+ views
    NY Sun ^ | March 16, 2007 | SETH GITELL
    Forty years after the March on the Pentagon that Norman Mailer wrote into history in his "The Armies of the Night," a group of anti-war activists is planning a war protest with a large crowd at the same location. Only this time, there will be a difference. A grassroots group of counterprotesters will be on hand at the Mall this Saturday, March 17, to defend soldiers and their service. The Gathering of Eagles, a grassroots group, launched its Web site,, on February 10. Since that time, it has received more than 200,000 visitors. Organizers say the origin of the...
  • WBC wackos to defile Arlington National Cemetery on March 2nd!!! (fake church is at it again)

    02/28/2007 8:33:43 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 32 replies · 865+ views
    WBC is going to protest the funeral of Tech. Sgt. Scott E. Duffman at 9:15 PM on Friday March 2nd at Arlington National Cemetary. They are going to display their usual hateful signs and their anti-American antics. These creeps are attacking those who gave their lives defending us all, and their families who are suffering from the loss of a loved one.
  • AL/FL/GA/LA/MS/TN PGR/FReeper alert - You don't need to ride a bike to attend..2/3/07

    01/31/2007 8:08:12 AM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 8 replies · 432+ views ^ | 1/31/07 | Me via e-mail
    if you can, please try and attend this mission..You don't need to ride a bike, simply roll in your cage (car, truck, etc..) God Bless this young man..
  • ABC World News Tonight Story On Patriot Guard Riders

    01/04/2007 2:37:23 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 88 replies · 1,606+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/4/07 | ABC News
    Heads up! I just spotted a blurb for the WNT on ABC with Charles Gibson. They're going to do a piece on the Patriot Guard Riders and military funerals. Anybody got a ping list??????
  • Funeral protest planned (Ennis, TX) (Phelps Family of Pigs)

    Protestors affiliated with Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., have announced plans to stage a protest at the Ennis funeral services of Navy Hospitalman Kyle A. Nolen. The funeral services are set for Tuesday, Jan. 2, with the church issuing a bulletin that it will begin picketing at 10:15 a.m. at J.E. Keever Mortuary in Ennis, which is handling the arrangements. The funeral is set to begin at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with burial to follow at Myrtle Cemetery. Nolen, 21, lost his life the morning of Thursday, Dec. 21, after the vehicle he was riding in drove...
  • City prepares for funeral of Navy medic Anderson

    12/16/2006 4:10:33 PM PST · by jan in Colorado · 22 replies · 786+ views
    The Daily Times Call ^ | December 16, 2006 | Trevor Hughes
    Anderson, a Navy hospital corpsman assigned to the Marines, died fighting in Iraq on Dec. 4 and was promoted after his death to petty officer. An admiral will present his family with Anderson’s Purple Heart during this afternoon’s service. Also planning to show up in force are members of the Patriot Guard motorcycle riders. The veterans attend funerals of fallen military men and women to show their respect. They also attempt to serve as a counterpoint to protests by members of the Westboro Baptist Church. This afternoon, Anderson’s body will be driven to north Longmont and the start of Lake...
  • Cemeteries to lay wreaths

    12/13/2006 2:17:14 PM PST · by NerdDad · 21 replies · 366+ views
    The Sun Herald ^ | Dec 10, 200 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    JACKSON - National cemeteries in Biloxi, Natchez and Corinth will participate Dec. 14 in a wreath-laying ceremony to honor veterans nationwide. The event is spearheaded by a Maine company and promoted by various veterans organizations, including Mississippi members of the Patriot Guard Riders. "Wreaths Across America" was started by Morrill Worcester, owner of Maine's largest wreath company. Annually, Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, sends 5,000 wreaths to be placed on gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. This year, Worcester is donating 8,000 wreaths for ceremonies at nearly 230 veterans cemeteries and monuments in every state and Puerto Rico. The ceremonies...
  • Patriot Guard Riders continuing to grow

    12/12/2006 11:34:30 AM PST · by smokinleroy · 46 replies · 1,211+ views
    Herald Democrat (Sherman, TX) ^ | 12/12/06 | Joyce Godwin
    It’s a quiet movement that rose from grass roots almost silently. Patriotic people across the nation have risen with a mission to serve U.S. troops, veterans and the families of both. The group began in 2005 and continues to grow as more people learn about the activities of the Patriot Guard Riders. Several from the Texoma area are members and the Riders were on hand Sunday to help with the laying to rest of Bonham’s fallen soldier, Staff Sgt. Michael Shank. In that group of riders there were people who rode from Waxahachie, Ponder and Terrell to name just a...
  • N.D. tribe barring church protesters

    12/02/2006 5:04:37 AM PST · by radar101 · 34 replies · 861+ views
    The Benton Crier ^ | 2 DEC 2006 | JAMES MacPHERSON
    BISMARCK, N.D. - A church group that protests at military funerals around the country will be barred from services for an American Indian soldier on a reservation, tribal officials say. Church members say the deaths of soldiers are punishment from God for the country‘s tolerance of homosexuals. "We will not tolerate any harassment that is intended to provoke ill feelings and violence," he said. "We don‘t get into anyone‘s private area," said Phelps-Roper, the church‘s attorney and its spokeswoman. "We don‘t go on private land." Goodiron, 25, of Mandaree, known on the reservation as Young Eagle, was killed Thanksgiving Day...
  • Funeral For KIA Sgt Courtland Kennard, of Starkville, MS (Westboro Protestors Expected)

    11/15/2006 7:54:49 PM PST · by NerdDad · 46 replies · 1,282+ views
    Email Notice ^ | 11/15/2006 | Ed Baker, MS PGR State Captain
    KIA, Sgt Courtland Kennard, of Starkville, MS mission is a go. Not posted on the PGR website yet. The services will be this Saturday at 2 pm at the MT. PELIER MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, 840 N. Jackson St. The Starkville staging area will be at the Starkville Police Department, 101 East Lampkin Street at 12:30 pm . The station is less than a block from the church. We will then escort to the cemetery after the services. According to a radio report here on the coast, Phelps and his group have stated that they plan on protesting Sgt. Courtland Kennard's...
  • Louisiana FReepers and PGR members - Mission this Saturday, Oct. 28..

    10/25/2006 2:37:43 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 2 replies · 188+ views
    Me | 10/25/06 | GeorgiaDawg32
    Following received via e-mail from the Louisiana Road Captain... I just got off the phone with Mr.John Crawford, the father of Spec. Dumas's wife, Kilyezsks Dumas. Mrs. Dumas was contacted by the CAO, after my conversation with him this morning and we have been invited to attend the service for this departed hero. Mrs. Dumas is arranging for his service at this time. Spec. Dumas will return to New Orleans area, on Thursday of this week, a private time for the family. Service will be on Saturday the 28th as of this writing. No time or location of the service...
  • Thousands Ride in Honor of Slain Student

    10/08/2006 8:04:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 54 replies · 1,454+ views
    About 5,000 motorcyclists rode in a caravan in honor of the 16-year-old girl who was shot at her high school by a gunman who held her hostage. The motorcyclists, including Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener, rode 40 miles to Platte Canyon High School from Columbine High School, the scene of the nation's worst school shooting in 1999. It was Wegener who made the call for SWAT officers to invade a classroom where authorities said Duane Morrison, 53, took Emily Keyes and other girls hostage and molested them on Sept. 27. Morrison shot Emily in the head after SWAT officers stormed...
  • Louisiana PGR - Mission in Houma, Louisiana this Saturday

    09/21/2006 2:55:52 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 44 replies · 848+ views
    Me | 9/21/06 | GeorgiaDawg32
    Louisiana PGR, We urgently need your help!! Sgt. Dustin Decol, an Army soldier who returned home from the war in Iraq only to learn he had terminal cancer, died Tuesday evening surrounded by family at his home in Houma. This young 21 year old Louisiana Hero is now gone but leaves a wonderful family and a young wife pregnant with their daughter. Let's make them proud of his life, service, and sacrifice. Memorial will be Saturday, Sept. 23rd at 1:00 at the American Legion Post near the National Guard Armory at the corner of Williams and Legion in Houma, Louisiana....
  • Funeral Service for Lance Cpl. Cliff K. Golla, 21, of Charlotte, N.C.

    09/15/2006 6:37:17 AM PDT · by HOTTIEBOY · 11 replies · 344+ views
    09/15/2007 | gd
    The funeral for LCpl Golla is going to be held on Saturday, September 16th 2006. Are there any FReepers in the NC area who plan on riding with the Patriot Guard Riders to show their respect for LCp. Golla? Lance Cpl. Cliff K. Golla, 21, of Charlotte, N.C., died Sept. 1 from wounds received while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. I am writing to tell all FReepers to keep the family of this young man, who made the...
  • Kansas group pickets Sitton funeral ( Phelps vs Patriot Guard Riders )

    09/03/2006 8:25:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 66 replies · 3,510+ views
    Daily Press ^ | September 03, 2006 | Katharhynn Heidelberg
    Members of the Westboro Baptist Church found themselves outnumbered Sunday when they arrived to protest the funeral of U.S. Army Spc. Chris Sitton. A phalanx of flags held by more than 100 Patriot Guard Riders and volunteers stood between them and the grounds of Montrose High School, as people chanted the Pledge of Allegiance and more than 20 police officers monitored the scene. But Sara Phelps said she didn't care what others thought. "These people hold patriotic pep rallies for these dead soldiers and this is the time to tell them, 1. Don't worship the dead. And, 2., Don't worship...
  • Picture of the day - Patriot Guard Riders

    07/05/2006 9:37:00 AM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 3 replies · 1,073+ views ^ | 7/5/06 | GeorgiaDawg32
    Honoring LCPL Peter J. Sora, Londonderry, NH
  • Soldier's Diary: 'Church' Protesters Show Up at Soldier's Funeral

    06/21/2006 3:18:23 PM PDT · by topher · 71 replies · 977+ views
    Fox News - Section: only on Fox News ^ | June 20, 2006 | US Army Captain Dan Sukman
    BAGHDAD — Editor's note: U.S. Army Capt. Dan Sukman is serving a one-year deployment to Iraq. For previous entries and his bio, see the Soldier's Diary archives. 16 June 2006 I received an e-mail the other day from my soldier, whom I will call Specialist "Helmet." We sent Helmet on emergency leave recently to attend his brother's funeral. SPC Helmet's brother was stationed at Fort Hood, and deployed with an Infantry Battalion, part of the 4th Infantry Division that was placed under operational control of our brigade. SPC Helmet and his brother had not seen each other in nearly two...
  • Marine's Dad Sues Funeral Protesters ( ACLU will not be happy )

    06/05/2006 1:10:35 PM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies · 2,084+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | June 5, 2006 | The Associated Press
    The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by anti-gay protesters from a fundamentalist Kansas church filed an invasion-of-privacy suit against the demonstrators Monday. It is believed to be the first lawsuit brought by a soldier's family against Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., whose members routinely demonstrate at military funerals around the country. Members' demonstrations in Colorado prompted lawmakers to approve -- and the governor to sign -- a bill banning protests within certain distances of funerals. Snyder, 20, died March 3 after an accident in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. The church has inspired dozens of...
  • Protesters absent from memorial service for Marine

    06/03/2006 1:51:52 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 46 replies · 868+ views
    Minneapolis Star/Tribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 6/03/06 | Joshua Freed - AP Reporter
    WELCOME, Minn. — No one picketed the funeral for Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Posivio III today, but 400 leather-clad bikers holding American flags showed up just in case. A church group known for protesting military funerals with signs such as "Thank God for dead soldiers'' was expected to picket on Saturday but didn't. Westboro Baptist Church claims God is punishing America for accepting homosexuality. Their arrival would have tested a new Minnesota law that pushes funeral protests 500 feet away from the service.
  • Revving Their Engines, Remembering a War's Toll

    05/29/2006 6:13:11 AM PDT · by No Truce With Kings · 2 replies · 330+ views
    New York Tmes (really) ^ | May 29, 2006 | ALAN FEUER
    Lt. Michael L. Licalzi's funeral cortege moved through Nassau County, slowly and a hundred cars strong. SNIP At the head of the procession were those who suffered most — friends and family — though riding point out front was a group of strangers who, if they had not suffered personally, had at least decided they would not forget.
  • ( US ) Congress Bars Military Funeral Protesters

    05/25/2006 7:23:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies · 869+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, | JIM ABRAMS
    Demonstrators would be barred from disrupting military funerals at national cemeteries under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the White House Wednesday. The measure, passed by voice vote in the House hours after the Senate passed an amended version, specifically targets a Kansas church group that has staged protests at military funerals around the country, claiming that the deaths were a sign of God's anger at U.S. tolerance of homosexuals. The act "will protect the sanctity of all 122 of our national cemeteries as shrines to their gallant dead," ... "It's a sad but necessary measure to protect what...
  • Semper Fidelis; Rest in Peace LCPL Kun Y KIm, USMC

    04/14/2006 8:17:08 PM PDT · by Wings-n-Wind · 10 replies · 1,167+ views
    AJC/Metro-Gwinnett ^ | 04/14/06 | Bill Osinski
    He immigrated as an infant, became a U.S. citizen and soldier, and Thursday, he received a hero's burial. U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. John Kun Young Kim was born in Korea, grew up in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties, and was killed April 2 in Iraq along with three other American troops when their Humvee hit a hidden bomb. He died before he was old enough to drink. [SNIP] His relatives and friends said his time in the Marines had transformed him from a reserved, shy teenager to a confident, quietly assertive young man. They also said he was very proud...
  • Pickets to target maimed (Westboro "Church" to picket outside of Walter Reed)

    04/05/2006 8:11:05 AM PDT · by StarCMC · 628 replies · 11,968+ views
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | 4/5/06 | Chris Moon
    They have created a firestorm by picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers. Now members of Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church plan to send their message to those wounded in action. The church has scheduled a protest on Thursday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Church member Shirley Phelps-Roper said protesters will carry signs that read, "Thank God for maimed soldiers." "The issue is the wrath of God pouring out on your head," she said. "It's a punishing blow. In some ways, death would be kinder." The new protest plan comes as 27 states, including Kansas, craft legislation to...
  • At Carroll funeral for Marine killed in Iraq, a national protest against gays

    03/11/2006 1:35:43 PM PST · by berserker · 44 replies · 1,033+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | March 11, 2006 | Gina Davis
    The family of Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder, who was killed last week in Iraq, desperately wanted to keep his death from being politicized. But a group of protesters had other plans. Waving placards declaring such messages as "Thank God for dead soldiers," seven members of the Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kan., picketed Snyder's service yesterday as they have military funerals across the nation. Assembled on city property adjacent to the St. John Catholic Church in Westminster, the group held signs, some bearing anti-gay slurs, that declared that war casualties are divine retribution - that God is allowing men...
  • Police Gear Up For Expected Protest At Soldier's Funeral

    03/04/2006 7:08:38 PM PST · by Abathar · 52 replies · 3,214+ views
    The Indy Channel ^ | March 3, 2006 |
    KOKOMO, Ind. -- Police will have a new legal weapon as they prepare for the Monday funeral of a Kokomo soldier killed in Iraq. State lawmakers on Thursday enacted a law curtailing protests at funerals ahead of an expected protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Rickey Jones, 21. Jones died in a roadside bomb attack last week in Iraq. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the legislation late Thursday and it went into effect immediately. Disorderly conduct within 500 feet of a funeral, burial, funeral procession or viewing is now a felony offense. The law was enacted because of a Kansas-based...
  • Biker Group Drowns Out Protesters at Soldier Funerals

    02/21/2006 12:10:48 PM PST · by LM_Guy · 57 replies · 2,291+ views ^ | 02/21/2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Wearing vests covered in military patches, a band of motorcyclists rolls around the country from one soldier's funeral to another, cheering respectfully to overshadow jeers from church protesters. They call themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, and they are more than 5,000 strong, forming to counter anti-gay protests held by the Rev. Fred Phelps at military funerals. Phelps believes American deaths in Iraq are divine punishment for a country that he says harbors homosexuals. His protesters carry signs thanking God for so-called IEDs - explosives that are a major killer of soldiers in Iraq. The bikers shield the families of dead...