Monday, November 15, 2010
Westboro Baptist Church Faced Human Shield To Stop Its Actions
Bill O'Boyle of the Times Leader reported the Westboro Baptist Church intends to protest at the funeral of American hero and fallen soldier SPC Dale Kridlo of Hughestown.
According to the church’s website, the protest will take place Wednesday at Kridlo’s funeral service at St. John the Evangelist Church, 35 William St., Pittston, scheduled for 9:45 a.m.
The web posting says the above message will be “preached in respectful, lawful proximity to the memorial of Spc. Dale J. Kridlo” on Wednesday at the church service.
The Pitch blog posted this story about Westboro's protest in Weston, Missouri.
Not every town is willing to let the funeral crashers of Topeka's homophobic church spoil a soldier's fare.
The people of Weston, Missouri, stood up to the Westboro Baptist Church, which had planned to picket the funeral of Sgt. 1st Class C.J. Sadell on Saturday.
Sadell was wounded in an ambush in Afghanistan on October 5; the 34-year-old married father of two died on October 24. Fox 4's cameras rolled as hundreds of the townspeople took to the streets.
"We got everybody here early so we could take up all the parking spots," Rebecca Rooney told Fox 4. "We did that so Mr. Phelps wouldn't have a contingency that was really close."
Who knew it only took getting all the best parking spots? The human shield, American flags and patriotic music worked; the Phelps family didn't stay long. Weston 1, Phelps 0.
WTOP.com relays a similar story about fighting back against Westboro's incomprehensible actions.
WASHINGTON - Area protesters Monday aimed to drown out demonstrations in Maryland and Virginia by a Kansas church known for its anti-gay speech at military funerals.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. were drowned out by counter-demonstrators shouting and honking horns during the church's planned protest at Woodbridge High School in Virginia.
Is it possible this church will face the same reception in Northeastern Pa?
Phelps believes it is his right of free speech to show up at Hero Kridlo's funeral. SOP believes it has the right to educate the public about counter protests against this hate promoting congregation.