Thousands of Citizens Peacefully Line Up to Keep Hate-Mongering Westoboro Baptist Church Away From Soldier’s Funeral

This Thanksgiving, we can all be thankful for the citizens of Harrisonville, Missouri, who showed up by the thousands to peacefully protect a dead soldier’s family from having to see or hear several hate-spewing Westboro Baptist Church members. As they often do, the WBC was coming to the funeral to spread ridiculous rhetoric about how soldiers’ deaths are “God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.”

The call had gone out by word of mouth and Facebook: Come to Harrisonville, line the streets. Let’s protect this family on this saddest of days.

By 9 a.m., an hour before the funeral of Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people, many of them waving American flags, lined nearly a half-mile of the street in front of the church, making sure Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church/family congregation were crowded out, peacefully kept far from shouting distance of the funeral.

“We can’t stop them, but we can be louder,” a man said.

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