Thursday, January 13, 2011

Protesting of Military Funerals

 It is now time for another one my opinionated, bull headed rants.  Today's rant topic is brought to you by the deranged, disgusting lowest forms of life - Fred Phelps and the idiotic group of followers calling themselves the Westboro Baptist Church.  I would like to also give fair warning there is a great chance this blog entry will contain a fair amount of explicatives when I describe how I feel.  You have been warned.

We have all seen or heard these fruitcakes and their protests.  I would think the overwhelming majority of decent and not so decent human beings would view the act of protesting the funeral of a fallen military person as vile and disgusting as anything that could be imagined.  I am not sure this thought would actually even cross the mind of anyone.  I will give it to the coward Phelps, who hides behind his attorneys, he leads an equal opportunity group of offenders.  They protest all sorts of things throughout the United States.  They were going to protest the funeral of the 9 year old killed in Tucson, but decided against it.  This was done in exchange for air time on a couple of radio stations.  Not only does he seek shelter behind freedom of speech, this spineless piece of trash uses his kids and other small children to participate in these protests.

The basis for their protests is that God is mad at the US and punishing our people because of our views and acceptance of homosexuality.  Basically anytime there is a tragedy or a serviceman is killed these pieces of shit show up and display all of their pre printed protest signs and yell horrific insults at the grieving family members.   I have personally witnessed this during the funeral of a local veteran that was killed by an IED.

I understand there is freedom of speech in our country.  But, just because you have the right to do it doesn't mean you should.  To be honest with you, something like this, you should not have the right to do.  The Westboro Wackos have been sued numerous times.  In some the cases they lost, but were later overturned.  However, for the most part the areas that have passed the laws banning the protests have later had them overturned because of Freedom of Speech issues.  Missouri fits into that category.

In many of the locations where these pieces of slime slide into to protest, the community, the Patriot Guard and veterans assemble a human shield and block out the protesters so they can't be seen by the grieving family members.  I have participated in these "walls".  What is so ironic about this is when you do, we received specific instructions by police not to touch them, no matter what.  This was because, "they will sue all of us."
I am really sick of the Politically Correct society that is so afraid to step and say, "Hey you are an asshole.  Either cut that shit out or I am going to stomp a hole in your chest."  Maybe that is a little extreme for some.  However someone somewhere has to start seeing thing s realistically before we completely handcuff our society.

In November of last year a medically retired veteran by the name of Ryan Newell was arrested for "stalking" the members of the "church" as they left a protest. The following is a portion of the AP story detailing this:

WICHITA, Kan. (CBS/WIBW/AP) A wounded war veteran, who is accused of stalking members of a Kansas church that made headlines for their controversial protests at soldiers' funerals, was released from Sedgewick County Jail in Wichita Tuesday afternoon. Retired Sgt. Ryan Newell, of Marion, had been held on $500,000 bond since his arrest Nov. 30 after officers said they witnessed him following members of Westboro Baptist Church in his white, Ford SUV after the members left their protest at Mulvane High School, according to CBS affiliate WIBW. The 26-year-old double-amputee was allegedly carrying an M4 rifle, a .45-caliber Glock pistol and a .38 Smith and Wesson pistol in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. Newell, who lost both of his legs in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan, faces a felony charge of conspiracy and several misdemeanor charges, reports WIBW.

On Tuesday, Judge Ben Burgess allowed Newell to leave jail on his own recognizance, on the condition that he report to a VA hospital. Boyd McPherson, Newell's attorney, declined to comment on the specific treatment that his client must receive. The church, led by Pastor Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kan., is known for its protests across the nation with signs like "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "God Hates the USA" to demonstrate their view that U.S. deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq are God's retribution for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

Newell, who is married with four children, appeared in good spirits as he walked out of jail with his attorney, according to KSNW-TV.

I hope that Sgt, Newell walks away unscathed from this incident.  Search the web and you will find numerous groups raising money fro his defense.  To be honest is anyone shocked something liked that happened?  I am more shocked that something more severe has not happened.

In closing this rant that has the potential to go on for hours, if these freaks are coming your way, get out and be a part of the "wall".  Do your part.


  1. I say let the protesters "Thank God" in person...and they should be afforded the opportunity to do so in a "timely manner" via the assistance of willing patriot Veterans...just MY opinion, of course. Semper Fi

  2. I have been to one of these sights where the protesters were present. The STL County police did a very good job of segregating them from the sight of the family as did all of us veterans and the members of the Patriot Guard.
    I believe we need to somehow get rid of these idiots and at the same time cleanse the gene pool.
    Some people are only alive because it is illegal to pop them.
    Free speech is free speech but right is right and wrong is wrong and never the twain shall meet.