Westboro Baptists meet their match in Mississippi

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Brandon, Mississippi will go down in history as the town where the Westboro Baptist Church met its match and no amount of lawsuits will help them now.  It is refreshing to see a town come together to honor one of its fallen and to have the toughness to unite against a common enemy like these Westboro lunatics.

The Baptists showed up to protest at the funeral of local hero Staff Sgt Jason Rogers who was killed in Afghanistan, but left town in a hurry, apparently, without making a significant appearance at the funeral.  It seems they were “dissuaded” from their task by the friendly folk of Rankin County, Mississippi.

Here’s the report from I Hate the Media:

A couple of days before, one of them (Westboro protestors) ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his “arse” waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.

Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.

A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.

No lawyers. No judges. No counter protests. Just a good old fashioned ass kicking.

That’s exactly what the Westboro lunatics have been asking for, so it’s only fair that the good folks in Rankin County gave it to them.

Next time, put it on pay per view and make a fortune for the widows and children of the military heroes. We know we’d pay to see it.

Update: We thought we should include the video that accompanied the original story. It’s the view from a trooper’s dash cam recording the escort of Marine Staff Sgt Jason Rogers as hundreds or even thousands of onlookers gathered alongside the roadway to pay their respects.

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142 Responses to Westboro Baptists meet their match in Mississippi

  1. jenny40 Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    What wonderful news. These crazy people need to know how much America despises their tactics and I hope a lot of lessons have been learned by the rest of America on how to handle these crazy christians.

    • Shawn Reply

      April 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      Whoa whoa whoa, these bastards are not Christians. Please do not group Christians into the same catagory ad those freaks.

    • SierraG Reply

      May 2, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Yes please do not put these crazy people in the same catagory as Christians.

    • Carla Reply

      May 27, 2011 at 2:39 pm

      As a christian I’ve been waiting and hoping for something like this to happen. These people DO NOT represent Christ or Christians. I just knew people could/would get creative and SHUT THEM UP! Hope it happens more and more, and I’d love to be involved in some of the creative parts.

    • disappointed Reply

      May 30, 2011 at 4:25 am

      Yes, please do NOT confuse the people of Westboro with true Christians! I grew up in a Baptist church – a real one, not whatever Westboro is – and I hate that I feel like I need to avoid mentioning that. Some years ago, I sent a long email telling the “pastor” of the Westboro “church” exactly what I thought of his calling that either Baptist or a church, and what I thought of his unconscionable actions of attrocious disrespect – not only for our military, but also disrespect for people everywhere – and I didn’t receive even a rude reply from an underpaid secretary.

      They are NOT Christians, and all they’ve done in calling themselves a Baptist church is to make all Baptists look bad, instead of just themselves.

    • tesmith Reply

      September 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      while i can appreciate the sentiment, this is wrong and should be investigated, and prosecuted.
      even though the westbrough folks are very distastfull to lots folks,
      they are the test of our democracy and justice system.
      they do have the right to free speech. Now that does not mean the rest of the citizenary have to listen or everyone else can choose to boo them out of town or use a louder speaker system .
      we must protect free speech rights even for these assholes!!!!

  2. A Michael J. Scott Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I couldn’t agree more Jenny! This made my day.

  3. Leslie Parsley Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Of course this is an old practice that was used in the deep South during the Civil Rights era, but hooray for Branden, MS. I hope more communities across the country take note and act accordingly when these goons try to make an appearance.

    • Carla Reply

      May 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      There is also an old story from the prohibition era, whereby the townspeople from a small town around Chicago (sorry, don’t remember the name of the town) grew tired of the “mobsters” coming into their town, and having parties in one particular house.

      They waited until the mobsters left, and then each of the townspeople started tearing down; piece by piece; the house, removing the individual pieces (toilet, sink, pipes, etc.) and “relocating” them. They filled in the basement by hand, and planted grass where the house once stood. There was literally nothing left.

      By the time the mobsters returned, there was no house to party in. They (the mobsters) left.

      I think that would work with drug dealers, who take over abandoned houses in this day and age.

      • tesmith Reply

        September 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        yeah, i read about that story but you did not point out that the town was very pleased with the money the mobsters spent in that town and the towns people had no problem buying illegal alcohol.
        small towns are full of hypocrisy

    • Parsley Victorious Reply

      May 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

      I love this article, and hope that more towns can come together in obstructing the vile hatred spewed by this group.

      That being said, I had to reply to this post, because I saw your name and did a double take.

  4. Risa Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Are we seriously advocating vigilantism aided by the local police? Or am I reading this wrong?

    • lazersedge Reply

      April 26, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Risa, I understand your concern but police or no police those folks might want to thank whatever God they are worshiping that they are still alive. Knowing the rural south as I do it could have been much worse.

    • Anonymous Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm

      Absolutely we are. This is still our country and I’m sorry but if they law won’t protect us, we have to protect ourselves. I do have to say that it’s time to change that law. I’m all for protest protection, but not at a funeral. Protesting at funerals should not be allowed.

      • Jeremy Reply

        April 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm

        Being from the area…Yea…It could have been MUCH worse. You dont pull disrespectful crap like that with us…especially picketing a funeral. that’ll get you killed and there are places in Hot Coffee where the bodies would never be found.

        • SSG Gib' Reply

          April 28, 2011 at 10:56 pm

          Well, thank you Mississippi. The courage and respect you all gave this fellow warrior keeps me fighting. I had given up hope on our fellow Americans.
          Freedom of Speech???? Yes, you are welcome Westboro….I wish I could provide you with another service I have come to perfect of the last 10 years of warfare.

        • BeenThereDoneThat Reply

          April 28, 2011 at 11:01 pm

          I’m not gonna lie, if my brother was killed in Iraq or Afghanistan and protesters came to my families funeral. I would lock and load my assualt rifle and shoot every man, woman and child holding a sign. To me, its justified killing because crossed the line and disrespected my family, and that’s all it takes. I will take the fall for the rest of our nation if it gets my point across to all you pot smoking, anti American, communist sympathizing, pieces of shit that hold signs all day and utilize freedom of speech which they themselves never fought for. I’ll be the one to start the trend of shooting protesters who picket funerals, my death would only be the beginning of many more to come. Others would come fight in my stead to ensure proper honor and respect is paid to those fallen heroes.

          • I just sayn' Reply

            April 30, 2011 at 4:58 am

            Hey don’t disrespect pot like that. It has nothing to with with anything you said. But you are absoulty right about everything else. HOOAH!

          • tesmith Reply

            September 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

            actually you should be mad at the folks that sent your relatives to kill and die for oil,

    • Anonymous Reply

      April 29, 2011 at 3:40 am

      Call it whatever you want to call it. I call it “righting a wrong”. Pick a side…there is no middle on this one.

    • US Navy 17 Years Reply

      April 30, 2011 at 12:00 am

      Read this entire post before you make an opinion about what I am saying. As for those that protest funerals, it is their right. I don’t agree with it, and think that they should be dropped in Afghanistan to join the Taliban so we can shoot them legally. However, everyone is praising or disagreeing with the town for blocking the cars in the parking lots. Lets look at the real picture here. The town collectively protested against those that would protest the funeral. Blocking them into their parking spots just reminds me of those environmentalists that blocked the construction equipment in Washington State so many years ago. Both the protesters and the town exercised their First Amendment Rights. The church protesters are just upset that the town won. If they were not so lazy they would have walked to complete their mission. But from this article they didn’t. That is on them not the town, nothing was said that they were detained at the hotel. Only that their cars were blocked. I am guessing that their views are not that important to bring to a funeral if they have to walk to it.

      I will never protest against anyone of my fellow brothers or sisters that give the ultimate payment for this country. I have been in the military for almost 17 years and feel that everyone should give back to their country in some way. You don’t have to serve in the military but give back in some way to the country.

      I think it is awesome that the town did what they did to keep this funeral respectful to the memory of this Marine. We just need to look at this as both sides exercising their First Amendment Rights, and the town won this battle. From my point of view there is nothing illegal with this article.

    • Pete Reply

      April 30, 2011 at 11:32 am

      It’s like this, Risa. You don’t go into someone’s neighborhood and tell them how to live, claiming you have the constitutional right to do so. It’s THEIR home. NOT yours. Hold all the protests you want in your own backyard. Come to my house and you may well not be welcome, as you are now infringing on MY rights. The COPS of that county are CITIZENS of that county first.

    • Angela Reply

      April 30, 2011 at 6:35 pm

      Hell yea we are supporting vigilante police officers and citizens of the Great State of Mississippi! Why dont you come try some crap like this in Alabama you would get the same thing but show up in gully instead of being questioned!

      PROUD ARMY MOM OF A SOLDIER IN AFGHANISTAN!

    • Jimmy Reply

      May 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      yes when the law fails it’s up to the people to reinstate civility and honor. The supreme court decided politics are more important than common courtesy and respect. The police are enforcing the law as any lawyer does. The law can be made to suite your point of view like these rejects. I think they got off lightly and will eventually be shot or gone missing. Anyone that says there are not laws they disagree with is a hypocrite, but will likely only disagree when it’s there family being made into a public circus for some Satan worshiping church.

  5. Michael Edward Kelly Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Man, I’m a real party pooper here. Sorry.

    You probably don’t like the Westboro Baptist Church, I don’t either. But that doesn’t mean you get to do these kinds of things. If county trucks were illegals parked in the lot and the police detained them unlawfully for no reason, that’s a violation of their constitutional rights. No matter what. The government doesn’t get to pick who gets to have rights and who doesn’t… ever.

    • Risa Reply

      April 26, 2011 at 7:43 pm

      Thank you. At the very least, now I know that I wasn’t the only one questioning this story and the message it sends.

      • matt Reply

        April 28, 2011 at 1:56 pm

        die in a fire

        • Shawn Reply

          April 30, 2011 at 9:18 pm

          I concur

      • Anonymous Reply

        April 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

        its easy to have high ideals until one of these pos shows up at your loved ones funeral and disrespects them. funerals are not the place for protest- period.

    • lazersedge Reply

      April 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      As much as I hate to agree that we cannot take the law into our own hands Kelley and Risa you are right. There are other ways to handle this within the law. I especially disagree with the police getting involved. I am not sure the trucks were county vehicles or just that they were from Rankin County. If they were privately owned vehicles this is a civil matter between private parties.

      That being said, the folks from Kansas might want to take notice that it isn’t the legal community that they need to fear when they start running off into some of the rural southern communities. Jury nullification is still alive and well in a lot of places in the south. And, there are a lot of good ole boys that still believe in common sense right and wrong. If you disrespect one of their own do not expect to be treated well while you are there.

      • Michael Edward Kelly Reply

        April 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm

        I wondered myself if these were actually county vehicles or not. The police thing really kind of bothered me though. Depending on the facts in court, the police in Rankin county may have themselves one hell of a lawsuit on their hands. And they just might lose it. It’s not nice, but we take the good with the bad. When we take the constitution seriously though, there is far more good.

        • Risa Reply

          April 27, 2011 at 7:12 am

          Hmmm…I sort of assumed that the “county trucks” were just trucks that belonged to citizens of the county. If they were trucks owned by the county, that brings this to a whole different level of disturbing for me.

          • Scott Reply

            April 28, 2011 at 2:42 am

            Get a grip people. Westboro is a completely lunatic fringe organization and sometimes it takes a little creativity within legal and non-violent methods to achieve the upper hand! NOTHING this “church” does should be considered protected free speech, religious freedom or constitutionally sanctioned or allowed activity. They are clearly an organization that bastardizes religious freedom to serve their own twisted version of reality. This “church” is strictly the mouthpiece for a seriously deranged “pastor” who has an unpatriotic and un-American sense of the world. WAY TO GO! (and I’m a left-coast citizen, not a fruit, flake or nut)

            • Nick Reply

              April 29, 2011 at 12:23 am

              No matter who wishes to speak, it is not your place to determine who is permitted and who isn’t. The WBC is, at all times, forced to follow a strict procedure and keep a certain distance from funerals, starting from a court case they lost. No matter if you think they are insane, they have civil rights and it is not the place of citizens to decide what minorities to mistreat. They are vile, abhorrent people, but so is the entire city that decided it is proper to deprive others of their rights. Then again, this is the south. Quite a lot of experience in that department.

              • MR.RiGhT Reply

                April 29, 2011 at 8:22 pm

                IGNORANCE!!!!!!!!!!!Being in the military and what you call a “good ol boy” in my opinion this was the best news I heard in a long time. Last time I checked you can get the fuck out of America if you dont agree with our gov and military. Hey atleast those people the protesters call faggots have enough balls to join the armed forces unlike you ignorant hippy duechbags. Then theirs the idiots who beleive people who mock the very goverment who protects there freedom of speech are inacent and should be alowed to do shit like this you all can grab a plane with um and live somewhere else. I too dont agree with some of the shit the gov does but the last time i went to a military funeral I wasnt protesting it.The big picture here is they protest the wrong thing at the wrong places go to the whitehouse protest there not infront of families who didnt do anything but show up to a funeral they didnt make the laws they didnt pull the trigger you fucking idiots. Like I said they can take there bullshit pack it up get on a plane and move if they dont like it here.

              • Jeremy Reply

                April 30, 2011 at 12:33 pm

                Yea and it’s also the rights of those families not to have this stuff going on at a funeral. Yes you have freedom of speech, but only if it doesnt offend anyone….And well… It’s very offensive to protest a funeral of a soldier.

                It’s a yes sir, no sir place down there. YOu respect mine and I’ll respect yours. If I have something that you need, then it’s yours…No matter what it is. We stick together. Noone is going to come down and disrepect us. I’m surpised it wasnt worse. Cops down there show common sense…and common sense says that you dont protest a fucking funeral. Have respect for the family and those that have passed.

            • Tina Reply

              May 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm

              Scott, I must tell you thank you for saying that because you just took the words right out of my mouth.

          • Steve Reply

            May 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

            Rankin county trucks refer to trucks with Rankin county license plates on them, not vehicles owned and operated by county services. Than God someone finally stood up to these idiots from Kansas. Free speech, free assembly, etc. are rights protected under the Constitution of the United States, but there’s nothing that says those rights don’t come with responsibilities and consequences. No one stopped them from coming to Rankin county and no one stuffed a rag in their mouths to shut them up. I do salute the wonderful people and the police department for stepping in to stop what could’ve turned into a very ugly and potentially dangerous situation. The way I see it this was just good preventative police work and civic responsibility on the part of the citizens of Rankin county.

    • RussInMaine Reply

      April 29, 2011 at 11:07 am

      To those that would whine about the infringement of these folks (Westboro) rights, might I say to you that this young man who just gave the ultimate for his fellow Americans deserves the respect and dignity of a proper and respectful burial. You see, you represent what is part and parcel the very issue that is tearing this country down. That is you seem to think that all should be protected to act in any fashion they want with total non concern as to what the ramifications are on others. This destructive and hate filled behavior has no place in our society, and certainly not under the guise of ‘free speech.’ Way to go friends of this fallen soldier, may the rest of the nation learn from you on how to deal with this cancer within our society!

    • Anonymous Reply

      April 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

      Ok, so how about you go die for our country and then have your family weep for you at your funeral while listening to terrible slurs and prejudice remarks that have nothing to do with you, but making your death all the more painful for your family.

      The very rights that these men are dying for are the very rights that allow these scum bags to do this at their funeral. It is only a matter of time until all these psychos are murdered. I am surprised it hasn’t happened already.

      I would consider this type of behavior harassment, and I think a funeral is a private matter, and none of anyone elses business, but there are apparently some people that have nothing better to do with their lives than to condemn good people who are fighting for our country.

      People who agree that the Westboro Church should have the right to picket these funerals are people that either don’t have a relative or family member in the military or have never been in a situation where they’ve been harassed. Either way, you apparently don’t understand the concept of having respect for the people who give their life so you can sit on your ass and talk about upholding rights for each and every citizen, even ones who are spitting in the face of the people protecting their rights.

      These people couldn’t be more ignorant if they tried.

      End rant.

      • SSGNisey Reply

        April 30, 2011 at 6:21 am

        Hellz yeah!! I say HOOAAH! As a member of the military currently serving in Afghanistan, I applaud you and your condemnation of those fools. Not only am I a Soldier, I am a mom (first and foremost), and it makes me sick to think about how they degrade not just the military, but the families of the service members. I do not always agree with the way people twist and manipulate the Bill of Rights to suit their own selfish needs, but it is still my duty to defend that right to the death. So I say “Carry on” and we too shall practice OUR right to freedom of speech.

    • Corey Reply

      May 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      Well.. When a member of your family dies asshole i’ll be there holding a sign thanking god for the death of your whore mother or grandmother. Not to mention that piece of shit father of yours. May he rot in hell! How you feel now jackass?

    • Carla Reply

      May 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

      The peoples protector (Sheriff) is the one they, the townspeople, actually get to elect. Therefore, if the townspeople of Brandon, Mississippi asked their Sheriff to help them, the Sheriff had the responsibility to do so. It was completely legal, and justified. There was no violence, other than the Westboro idiot who chose to take on a local and lost. Yeah, really feeling sorry for him. If no one was available to “remember” what happened, what was the Sheriff to do?

      I’d much rather have local government protect me than the much larger national government, who tends to look the other way much too often on local issues.

      BTW: The “county vehicles” were the townspeople of Brandon, Mississippi – NOT county funded rigs. That has been clarified several times, and was a poor reporting mistake.

    • tesmith Reply

      September 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      true american value
      all the folks that are upset about the westboro asses are shooting the messengers sort of, i say string up the folks that keep getting troops killed for profit!! from viet nam till today

  6. Adin Howell Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hahahahaha that’s great to hear. Sad thing is, the terminally stupid seldom learn, even when you give them a hands on education.

  7. Teeluck Reply

    April 26, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Don’t worry, in a few weeks/months, if the Repubs succeed with their plans, there will be no police or police tow trucks to get involved…it will just be the townsfolk…and a few pitchforks…defending the town against the Westboro idiots. THAT I’ll pay to watch !!

    • RussInMaine Reply

      April 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

      All about politics isn’t it, in your feeble mind at least! You should really be eager to use the party mantra given the rat hole that your party has pissed this country down through over the past two and a half years!

      • Rainne Reply

        May 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

        Funny, Russ, how you get all angry when what Teeluck said was exactly right.

  8. A Michael J. Scott Reply

    April 27, 2011 at 9:16 am

    No one was arrested and no one was detained. The police simply asked the protesters a few questions and made them move.

    The guy who got his ass kicked started a fight with a man (a local) at the service station who was in no mood for nonsense. No county trucks were used to block anyone. These were private citizens. No one’s “rights” were violated.

    The Westboro Baptists were not entitled to a welcoming parade, despite the decision of the supreme court. They found Rankin County not to be very welcoming in any case.

    This information comes from a source close to MMA who has family living in that very town.

    End of story.

    • Angela Duvall Reply

      April 27, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Well said, I agree, the Westboro Baptists do not have a right to be at a “Private” Funeral ” where they are sure not invited, if anyone’s rights are being violated it is the family and friends of our fallen heroes not being able to lay their loved ones to rest “in Peace”. I for one, applaud the county for sticking together and protecting their own. Amen

      • A Michael J. Scott Reply

        April 27, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        Hear! Hear! Angela!!

      • Carla Reply

        May 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

        I agree, and well said! (and I’ve lived in Washington State my whole life)

        There are a whole lot of people who are sick and tired of the “NO common sense” approach to running our nation.

        I’m tired of the families of the men and women who protect our nation, being harassed by these idiots.

        GREAT JOB citizens of Brandon, Mississippi! I commend you!

        • tesmith Reply

          September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm

          sorry the military is not being used to protect america, it is being “used” to promote the greed of the capitalist who want to rape the entire world.
          the troops are just tools being “used” for a purpose, and that is not for protecting america but protecting the profits of our rapacious capitalist, just like we were in viet nam

    • Michael Edward Kelly Reply

      April 27, 2011 at 11:52 am

      “A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.”

      That’s the passage that had me concerned. A “few hours” of questioning on possible non-existent charges would be a real problem. But if what you say is true, then good. You’re right, and I have no problems with citizens involving themselves legally in this matter. That’s what freedom is about.

      • Rich Reply

        April 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm

        As a police officer I can tell you that questioning takes a few hours when investigating a crime. This was a well done job!

      • Rainne Reply

        May 3, 2011 at 12:16 pm

        If a law-abiding Black man can be pulled out of his car in a random traffic stop, made to submit to a search of his vehicle by humans and canines, and questioned about “possible drug running by gang members” simply because of the color of his skin and his presence on an interstate highway, and no rights violations have occurred, then these @$$holes can be detained and questioned about possible crimes committed as well.

  9. L Maiwnaring Reply

    April 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    What is wrong with this group? Supposed Baptists causing hate & discontent at a soldiers funeral(s)? What religion advocates this absurd behavior? I am proud of the residents of this county for standing up to these idiots without it causing any legal issues that they can make more money from. Freedom of religion is 1 thing, but this is UNACCEPTABLE behavior by this group. And a Private Funeral means just that… the people who have had this group disrupt their time of mourning should be suing this group for all of their assets and then maybe they would stop this immoral behavior. Good going Rankin County. You did a great service to your community.

    • A Michael J. Scott Reply

      April 27, 2011 at 9:27 pm

      Agreed!

    • Carla Reply

      May 27, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      You really should research these guys. They are NOT associated with any Baptist conference. They have completely made up their Baptist status. In the United States of America, you can name your “church” anything you want to.

      However it still does not address the problem… They are a hatred organization who poses as a church, in order to gain a certain financial status. That’s it. If you are angry, it should include this knowledge.

      Bottom line: They are NOT a religious organization. They are a hate organization posing as a Baptist church.

  10. Amber Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 12:32 am

    HELL YA! I’ve never been more proud of a city as i am after reading this. Those asshats went to court and got some crackpot judge to ok them showing up at heros’s funerals so why can’t the towns folk band together and protect their own??? thats a hero coming back from war to rest. he died protecting their rights and the only thing they can do is show up and upset his loved ones and tarnish his ceremony? fuck no! let them show up where i am, i’ll sign my damn jail papers as i’m shoving my boot up their ass happily. idiots!

    • Scott Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 2:45 am

      I’m with Amber!

      • Angel Reply

        April 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

        Me too !!! I’m so glad one of the protestors
        Got the shit kicked out of him, let’s hope that
        It will make them think before showing up at
        Another funeral. My son has been in Iraq
        I know the pain the families must go through
        If one of their own gets killed. The last thing they need
        Are shit bags protesting the funeral.
        Way to go !!!!

  11. misanthropope Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 4:36 am

    so, physical violence is an appropriate response to somebody making noises with his mouth, that you don’t approve of?

    what the hell is wrong with you people? you think there is really a difference between this and shooting people for making cartoons about mohammed?

    • SagaciousHillbilly Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 9:31 am

      misanthrope, it’s not about the asswhopping, it’s about the rest of it. They took action in a sorta passive manner. Nobody got hurt and the town was able to have a funeral free of any ugly indignities.
      While I am usually totally against violent solutions, I do feel a certain sense of satisfaction that one of these recreants finally got their ass whipped.

    • AirborneFISTChief Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 9:53 am

      And protesting private funerals for political reasons (and financial gain, when mourners retaliate emotionally and end up in lawsuits) is acceptable? Get your priorities straight. We don’t bleed, sweat and give our life’s for people to infringe upon others rights. Westboro’s rights end where mine, and others, begin. This cult has been acting unacceptably since the beginning. But maybe you don’t see that with all the tree you’re hugging in the way. Doom on Westboro, and Doom on terrorists- to qoute an American Icon, Richard “Dick” Marcinko.

      • TOmmy Reply

        April 28, 2011 at 11:39 pm

        YES! I totally avgree with your analysis of liberty and rights, but Westboro does not infringe upon rights! You have no right to a peaceful funeral, as long as they are on public property, then it’s fine.

        • RussInMaine Reply

          April 29, 2011 at 11:16 am

          Tommy, I have no ‘right’ to a peaceful funeral for a loved one that gave his life for his country?? Show up at a funeral of anyone in my family under those circumstances and I’ll very quickly prove you wrong on that thought!

          • Rainne Reply

            May 3, 2011 at 12:18 pm

            Russ, I think Tommy’s point is that *in the current situation* no one has a right to a peaceful funeral, because the WBC jackholes have been given permission to cause problems for people, and that this is an unacceptable situation.

  12. SagaciousHillbilly Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Community justice. Doesn’t get any better than that. I hope it serves as a model.

  13. Perry Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Everyone has the right to free speech. However, the right to free speech comes with bearing the responsibility for what your actions will bring you. Run your mouth off in a small town entirely gathered to pay respect to one of their own and you risk what you risk. Sometimes civil discourse is aided along by the real or implied threat of an ass-kicking, whether you feel entitled to what you want to say or not.

    • A Michael J. Scott Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • TOmmy Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      Then the people doing the ass kicking should also expect retribution. And then those people expect retribution, WHEN DOES IT STOP? This is so idiotic, and the Westboro church is loving every moment of attention you give to them. Congrats on bringing them more donations from whackos across the country. How do you think they are able to travel? Its because we give them attention, and violence against them only encourages more people to donate money.

      • JJW Reply

        May 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

        Tommy. Please let us know where you are. We need to have a private discussion on these topics. :)

  14. Rich Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    This is a CULT! Not a church! They criminaly harass people trying to mourn the death of a loved one. The US supream court and anyone else believeing these scum bags have any rights at all for commiting their criminal acts are a bunch of idiots! I’m sure the Real Baptist Church has no support of these clowns! I don’t care what anyone thinks! That jackass started the fight and got what he had coming to him! The Police legaly detained them for questioning that yes takes a few hours when investigating a violent crime, and yes even on accident scenes it has taken an hour or two to get a tow truck. If you think these criminals have rights then you are as crazy as they are! This kind of behavior can’t be sugar coated and protected! Knowing the town this happened worse could have happened but didn’t. Be greatful!

  15. Tim Eyring Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Im am very proud of every person that helped the the Rogers family!!!!! With PRIDE and RESPECT I would like to say GOD BLESS Staff Sgt. JASON ROGERS and ALL OF YOUR FALLEN BROTHERS!!!!!!! R.I.P.!!!! Brandon Mississippi USA you have shown me that there is still hope for this country of ours and how lucky I am to have my family!!! Respectivley, Tim Eyring Local 486 Plumbers and Steamfitters!!!!

  16. Sandra Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve always said that there will be a day when they mess with the wrong people and they did,put a smile on my face.These soldiers didn’t do anything worth getting picketted by the so call Westboro Baptist.

  17. Devon Preiser Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    This was the best story I’ve heard in years. It makes me happy to know that a community came together to support and protect the family of a fallen brother Marine. While Marines are in harms way I want people like this supporting their families. They deserve nothing less.

  18. Tommy Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Yes! Your sooo right! Isn’t it great to just kick someone’s ass because of what they believed?! I know I had a great time in the 60’s beating up all those thugs with MLK. People and their beliefs! People need to start realizing that if we don’t like what you believe, we will just beat the shit out of you!
    Good thing though, maybe with this news story that will probably gain huge media attention, maybe they’ll stop, I mean, it’s not like all they want is attention…right?

    • Anonymous Reply

      April 28, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      Get a grip. These people are bullies- and there is only one real way to stop a bully. But hey, maybe we should just continue to flit our way through the world and wonder how it got the way it is. I’m pretty sure that this would rank pretty low on the scale of what people had to endure while achieving civil rights. That analogy is pretty insulting to those who just wanted to be treated equally and with respect, but had to deal with thugs who would deny them that. Actually those thugs have much more in common with the Westboro cult than with those who gathered to protect a family and a community from their poison when they were most vulnerable. Consider it well-deserved and long overdue consequence. It may not work, not the first time- but that doesn’t mean you just give up and turn a blind eye to bullying behavior. And yes, if they were shut out EVERY TIME, then they would eventually stop.

      PS: they already have the limelight, so they gained nothing there- let’s just deny them the satisfaction of wounding those already trying to survive the lowest point of their lives while basking in it.

      • Tommy Reply

        April 28, 2011 at 8:29 pm

        So violence is the answer?! Westboro baptists are disgusting scum, but they do not commit physical violence against ANYONE! I hate what Westboro stands for, but what I will stand for is their right to say it, without right wing THUGS kicking their ass. The soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting for our right to say freely whatever we wish. The fact is, no matter how vile, and how insulting, free speech is free speech. When will it stop? Will we keep doing this to all factions we disagree with. And yes they are in the lime light, because we keep putting them there!!! How about everybody takes a few deep breaths, and transcend the Westboro Baptist stupidity and go above them, not down on their level.

        • tina Reply

          April 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm

          This guy got his ass kicked because he was being an asshole, not because the people in the town are “right wing Thugs”. Assholes get their butts kicked all the time, nothing political about it. None of the other members were beat up so obviously it wasn’t about making a political statement, just don’t go around mouthing off and being an asshole you should have nothing to worry about. We are all entitled to our own opinions but we do not have the Right to force others to listen to it especially when it is disrespectful and only meant to cause hurt to grieving families. Not that physical violence is good, but plenty of people get their ass handed to them all the time, the consensus here is that this guy was trying to instigate a problem, so he got a physical response. . . perhaps he will choose his words more carefully next time. Even if they have not yet gotten physical in their confrontations, they are constantly committing emotional abuse and violence against others; sometimes that is more painful and lasts longer than any physical violence ever could.

          • TOmmy Reply

            April 28, 2011 at 11:34 pm

            Tina,
            With all due respect, your rationale that people get their ass kicked all the time is no excuse. People DO have the right to be the biggest ass holes without getting their ass kicked. That is the whole idea of this American experience. The first amendment clause is there for a reason, and it is not to support speech that is generally accepted. The clause is in there just for cases such as these! Every person, whether thugs or not, should be arrested, and the police should be reprimanded for bringing them in on BS suspicion. And I hope every car gets ticketed for blocking them. Believe me, I HATE Westboro and what they do, but when we as a nation accept one group of people bearing down physically on another group because we despise what they say, we are going down a dangerous road…

            • You're an idiot Reply

              April 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm

              Apparently you’re exercising your right to be an asshole right now… amirite? yes.

              And it’s funny how you complain about everyone else giving the Westoboro Church attention, when you are here yourself commenting like crazy on the message board on the story about them… you seem to be quite a hypocrite, huh?

              And finally… I think that some people don’t learn unless they get their asses kicked. It’s called discipline. When I was young and did something bad, I got spanked. It is the easiest way kids learn to behave correctly. This man instigated a fight at a gas station by bad mouthing someone, and he got what he wanted. Plain and simple. Don’t want an ass-whooping? Then don’t ask for one.

              I say, that if you can’t chew what you bite off, then shut your damn mouth. And it’s people like you who are encouraging this type of behavior, saying that it’s ok. I don’t remember ever a time growing up when it was acceptable for me to bully someone in school or call them names. You get in trouble for that in school, but apparently not when you’re grown up. Makes sense, huh? Not really.

              So I vote that YOU quit giving the Westboro Church what they want (attention) by being an asshole and defending them on a site discussing how they were foiled in their plan to be disgusting creatures once again.

              Good DAY!

            • A Michael J. Scott Reply

              April 29, 2011 at 6:00 pm

              Well I have to say if someone is a serious asshole to me they’re going to get their ass kicked. As a card carrying Atheist I can tell you I don’t buy into that turn the other cheek crap!

            • Jeremy Reply

              April 30, 2011 at 10:51 am

              How about you stop hugging their nuts, Tommy? sure these people have the right to protest, but that right is only a right if they arent causing harm to other people. News Flash for you…They’re causing mental anguish to the families of these soldiers. IF it was me, I would dive my car straight through the middle of them. There is nothing right about what they’re doing. As a Baptist myself, I find it very distubing.

        • Anonymous Reply

          May 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm

          Yea; only left wing thugs are aloud to act like that, then pretend they’re smarter than anyone around. Shut your whole! Sometimes assholes just need a good asskicking. You can save the lawyers for some other time you liberal pos.

        • SSG H Reply

          May 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

          Protesting at a funeral in violence against the family, peers and friends of the soldier. It is a crime to mentally abuse women, but it’s legal if that women is a mother,sister or wife of a soldier. I’d gladly commit violence to each one of these vermin and would feel no remorse as they have removed themselves from civil society. They can reap what they sow.

    • RussInMaine Reply

      April 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

      To compare these idiots to MLK shows the shallowness and lack of substance in your argument. You are one of those individuals that would go on arguing for an hour after being run over by a truck that it did not happen, even as you were still lying under the truck!

    • UnholyGuy Reply

      April 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Tommy, yes, sometimes violence is the answer

      Sorry to be the one to bust your cherry on that one

      Also, Freedom of Speech does have some limits (albeit ill defined in some cases). For instance, libel and slander are illegal

      Sorry to bust your cherry on that one too

      Also, sometimes vigilantism is justified, when the laws are extremely out of whack

      in short, we live in an imperfect world, where absolutes do not hold up well when faced with reality. I’m sorry if that makes your asshole hurt, but it is what it is

      Do you have any other questions?

  19. Anonymous Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    I hope they decide to show up to El Paso Texas quicker to terminate them because they will end up in Juarez Mexico.

    Sniper 1 out

    Your Freedom is not free people paid the price so go to another country.

  20. JEN Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    TRY COMING BACK TO WYOMING AGAIN AND SEE IF YOU DON’T GET THE EXACT SAME TREATMENT!!! TO THOSE FROM THE BAPTIST CHURCH, YOUR DAY WILL COME IN FRONT OF THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TRULY JUDGE…WHAT WILL YOUR ANSWER BE THEN????

    • Carla Reply

      May 30, 2011 at 11:54 am

      Once again, they are not affiliated with ANY Baptist Church conference. PLEASE! They are a hate organization posing as a Baptist Church. There is no true Baptist Church anywhere who would agree with what these people do.

  21. Scott Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

    I believe the WBC has made its own bed here.

    These private citizens have exercised their rights to nonviolent action. Those rights are equal to the rights of WBC members to assemble.

    Majority rules.

    • JJW Reply

      May 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

      I would like to suggest another way of non violence to help the situation for these funeral protesters. Go to most any store that has the tool to take the valve stems out of tires. This would work very well on any vehicle if you take several out. LOL
      PS – If that doesnt work, KICK THEIR ARSE!!!!!!!!

  22. Thisguy Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    there is absolutely nothing illegal that happened here. even if the police did take them into the station for questioning it would be completely legal. you can be detained on pure speculation for 24 -48 hours. who knows maybe they wanted to know if they beat one of their own up to gain publicity.

    semper fi SSgt Rogers.

    P.S. dont you think is an oxy moron to spit on and disgrace the thing providing for your right do so? “if you bite the hand that feeds you, you will starve or get your ass kicked.”

  23. msmiles Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Right on Brandon, Mississippi!!!

    If you can’t stand behind our soldiers, I encourage you to stand in front of them.

  24. Monhaulin Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    This didn’t happen. The local sheriff made a statement about it today and it seems that this is a viral hoax. His report said that he did receive notice of their intentions to protest but nobody from WBC showed up.

  25. Michael John Scott Reply

    April 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    I would expect the sheriff to say just that.

  26. Lynn Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

    I think it is awesome that the locals went through all of that to protect and show respect to one of their own. I live very close to Topeka, and work and shop there everyday. I see the Westboro crowd throughout Topeka with offensive signs. I couldn’t imaging seeing it at a funeral. I only wish Topeka/Kansas folks would start standing up to them the way that these people did. Great story!

  27. OIFVet Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    It is unfortunate that such an act of disrespect is a matter of a court. Honor and respect are matters that are sacred. When anyone buries a loved one, they bid farewell til they meet again. We should share one another’s burdens and grief, lend our strength to the widows and mothers, who long to to speak just once more with their departed. Those that seek to interfere with such a private, and personal matter should look deep in their hearts and ask themselves just who they are representing? The Lord, who bore all burdens, and gave his life for the freedom of all, or of the jeering masses that spat upon him, and taunted him?

  28. mercedesx1 Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I think it’s despicable that anyone would dishonor a funeral & not allow a family to grieve & bury their loved one in peace and respect all in the name of the Lord! Let me tell you, this is not at all a Christian thing to do & they should all be ashamed of themselves & know that they are going to burn in hell for using the their belief in God as an excuse for such utter disrespect and intentional emotional warfar. More power to those people in Brandon for standing up for that family & not allowing those awful people to ruin those people’s last opportunity to say goodbye to their loved one w/respect & peace instead of amidst all that chaos.

    • Carla Reply

      May 30, 2011 at 11:58 am

      I rather doubt they actually believe in the Lord. They certainly DO NOT read His word, or else they would not be drawing attention to themselves. They remind me of the pharisees.

  29. Nik Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I am conflicted here. The methods taken to dismiss the nutjobs have been used in the past to disrupt truly just causes and taken to their extreme can lead to justify rape and murder. This said, I truly believe, that things have to be handled through public interactions (whatever these be) and left to history to decide whether they were right or wrong.

    • Anonymous Reply

      April 30, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      WTF did you just say?

    • Carla Reply

      May 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm

      Mindless babble from the “intellegent” (???) few?

  30. Chazman Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    1. A visitor stated publicly that he was in town to cause trouble. Strangely, that’s what he got. I expect he’ll use better judgement the next time he considers picking a fight with a room full of strangers.

    2. This could have easily been a riot. Instead, local officials and citizens creatively used various non-violent methods to preempt and prevent a potentially violent confrontation. Total injuries? Cuts and bruises to one loudmouth.

    All in all, seems like a very sensible resolution to me. The public peace was maintained, in spite of the efforts of a rowdy group who showed up.

    Traveling across the country to generate unprovoked emotional attacks on a group of total strangers as they mourn the untimely death of their child is about as stupid as it gets, especially since they target only fallen heroes. Doing so under the banner of “we’re protecting America” suggests these folks really are mentally deranged. Quietly, non-violently derailing their plan seems like a practical response.

    This may be the land of the free, but it’s also the land of the firearm. One poster above made claims about putting an end to their cause. Perhaps it’s just a matter of time before their leader becomes a martyr. If he actually is crazy, maybe that’s what he seeks.

    It might be fun to completely flood the WBC group with some folks with REALLY outrageous giant signs. “The Venusians are Here” and “Kill Everyone and Everything” and “Indonesia for the Indonesians” and “The Pope Smokes Dope” come to mind as completely destroying any coherent message. Hey — it’s a public sidewalk, right?

    I keep waiting for one of those ‘sound blasters’ they use on cruise ships to fend off pirates to show up. Bleeding eardrums, anyone?

    • Phil Reply

      May 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm

      Beautiful!!!! That would be perfect, so much sound they’d have to pack up and go to the hospital!!!! It’s only a matter of time before they get to a funeral where there is a group of soldiers who will take matters into their own hands and put an end to those non-christian idiots. they must have a requirement to have sub-70 iq’s before you can join the chuch!!!!

  31. Anonymous Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I can tell you this…..If they were protesting my fathers, my brother or husbands funeral….worse yet my sons funeral?? It would not have been nearly as peaceful as it was in Brandon. I could care less about their civil rights, or freedom of speech. Who the hell do they think is fighting for them to keep those very same rights?

  32. Anonymous Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Aside from the fight that happened (don’t really have enough detail about that), I agree with the above poster that this was a non-violent protest of a protest. More and more this is how the dregs from WBC are being dealt with, and people are becoming more and more effective. Many people have used illegal non-violent protest to make a statement. They have been willing to face the penalties. More and more people will be willing to do this against WBC (of course, more and more will probably be willing to take violent action also).

  33. MR.RiGhT Reply

    April 29, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Man I wonder if the protesters know that they can get on a plane and leave im sure the army will fly um wherever they want for free just get the hell out of our country if they dont like it. For everyone who thinks what they do is ok im sure we can make room for you too on the plane. Whos in for buying a ticket or two…….one way of course

  34. Jeff Ljungvall Reply

    April 30, 2011 at 9:10 am

    With 2 sons serving our country in the Army I can say that if one of them died serving and any of these protesters showed up they would meet a fate much worse then being “detained”. I am so happy to see a town that says …. hey we believe in the constitution but we also know when to say enough as well. Just cause someone has 1st amendment rights does NOT mean they should use them at ANY time. Yes they have a right to voice their opinion but not at the cost of the soldier who is defending that freedom. I say kutos to the town and all who took this stance. God bless the USA and all of our service men and women….Proud Father

  35. ArmyWife Reply

    April 30, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I am seeing that people think that the trucks that were blocking the cars in the parking lot were County owned vehicles like Company vehicles….I am from the South & we had plates on our trucks/cars that had our County name on them so everyone would know where the car was registered in. I can tell you most likely it was a bunch of country boys that grew up with the Marine that took their own privately owned trucks & did this, I know I would. I think it is a great thing for a town to come together & show they have the right to protest again those who would protest the funeral & to protect one of their own. HOOAH!

  36. Hrothgir OD Reply

    April 30, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    Never heard of someone getting a Brazilian in a gas station before…

  37. Angela Reply

    April 30, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Seeing that Westboro Baptist Church wants to be so rightious I think we sould help them meet Jesus, if that’s where they think that’s where they are going. And trust me they will if they God forbid ever try their crap at one of my boys funerals!

    Poud Army Mom of two of America’s finest soldiers God has graced our land with.

    • JJW Reply

      May 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

      Amen Angela. I am a veteran and have a son in the army. I will let no one get away with protesting at a funeral for a soldier that I know. I am prepared to go to jail. I especially want to slap one of those loud mouth women from Westboro and anyone else that tries to protest. Im sure there are many other bikers who are not scared to join me. Lets hear from the major biker mc’s. We need your support on this.

  38. mandi Reply

    April 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I will argue your 1st ammendment right with my 2nd ammendment right anyday.
    THANK YOU TO ALL THE BRAVE MEN & WOMEN FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM!!!

    • Anonymous Reply

      May 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

      so youre saying that anyone with a gun should keep other from protesting things that they dont want protested?

      • JJW Reply

        May 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

        Anonymous, Sounds like you are not totally stupid if you understand 2nd amendment rights. :) Learn from what this country is saying.

  39. Knb Reply

    May 1, 2011 at 1:46 am

    I cannot STAND WBC and despise anything to do with it.

    That being said, this is the best thing I’ve ever read in regards to it. It’s about time somebody stood up to those freaks.

  40. Kathy Reply

    May 1, 2011 at 2:33 am

    I want to say that I am a Christian. These Westboro Baptist hypocrites are NOT Christians by definition. To be a Christian is to follow the footsteps of Christ. Jesus loved people and died for them. He did not pray them to die! In fact while people were killing him he cried “Father forgive them”. These people will one day answer to him for their deeds and I would not want to be them. I believe one of the “Godliest” things a person can do is to sacrifice themselves to protect the freedom and humane treatment of others. I love what this town did to protect the honor of the fallen soldier…and they did it without violence. Thank you to all those who serve our country and God bless you !

  41. DARLINE Reply

    May 3, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I don’t see how these people can call their selves a church!!! my husband served in vietnam and if that was him in a coffin , and those fools and I mean stupid ignorant fools did that to my husband I would have taken the herse and run them over!!!! people like that should not be able to breath American air, the should drop them off in in afganistan ! and leave them. IF THEY PRAY FOR MORE DEAD SOLDIERS , I PRAY FOR THE WESTBORO CHURCH PEOPLE TO DIE ALSO!!!! DO NOT , DO NOT COME TO FLORIDA AND TRY THAT ON SOME POOR DEAD SOLDIERS FUNNERAL HERE. I would stand up for that MILITARY MAN IF IT MEANT MY LIFE!!

  42. BenInOregon Reply

    May 3, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    I think the town took just one correct course of action with them. What I’m wating for is one of them to die just so all of the families, friends, and military supporters who have had their funerals “visited” by them can protest in return. I would pay to watch it so I can record it, pay to send people, and pay to be in that crowd to protest as well.

  43. DARLINE Reply

    May 3, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS,, THEY ARE NOT AMERICANS, THEY ARE SCUM AND THEY ARE A CULT!!!!!!! DO NOT STAND BEHIND A CHURCH AND CALL YOURSELVES CHISTIANS,
    SAY WHAT YOU ARE A CULT!!!!!! IF IT WALKS LIKE A DUCK AND QUACKS LIKE A DUCK YOU ARE A F’N DUCK!!!!!!
    CULT ! CULT! CULT ! CULT ! CULT! LEAVE OUR COUNTRY IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT! WE DON’T WANT YOU HERE>!!!!

  44. Anonymous Reply

    May 3, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    NOTICE HOW THEY HAVENT COME TO TEXAS YET….THEY KNOW BETTER…

    • John Reply

      May 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

      Just let em try that crap in Texas!

  45. Anonymous Reply

    May 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    These people say they are christian, well I’m here to tell you they are not, this is not what christian people do. God says Judge not lest ye be judged yourself, well these people thought it was up to them to judge people and do Gods job and they finally got their judgment here on earth and they will get it in the afterlife also.

  46. 49th Resident Reply

    May 4, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Someone needs to Protest at their Funerals.

  47. Former Marine Reply

    May 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    This brings a tear to my eye and still gives me hope that we can bring this country back on the right track. When I got home (airport) from VN, I was met by flower children, etc. yelling and spitting, protesting etc. A few approached me and I wasn’t in the mood to take any crap from anybody. I guess I still had that hard look about me, so they turned around and walked the other way. Good thing for them, there were 2 security guys who walked up behind me and padded me on the back and said, we were about to assist you. This new administration needs to learn about the real America. If you are a marxis or crazy lunatic hiding with a false indentiy behind the cross, you need to get your priorities straight or we will stand up against you. We the People won’t take your disrepectful actions anymore.

  48. John Schindler Reply

    May 10, 2011 at 11:18 am

    It’s about time these idiots got what was coming. Does this mean that Rankin County, Ms. is smarter than the Supremes?!

    • Carla Reply

      May 27, 2011 at 3:25 pm

      Absolutely! The people of Brandon, Mississippi are of supreme sagaciousness compared to the Supreme Court cronies! And they are creative too!

  49. sue evans Reply

    May 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Thank God for this wonderful town that I live in. (Brandon, Ms). All the town showed their support and made my heart cry with happiness for the support of Staff Sgt Jason Rogers. I was so proud that all the people (did you hear me all the people) stood up for what america is about. The freedom that we all enjoy. My son John age 24 just came home from Afghanistan for furlow (15 days). He has to go back on Monday May 16th. Please keep John and all the solders in your prayers for their safe return. Keep showing Westboro Church Devils what happens when you mess with our pride! (our solders).

  50. Miss J Reply

    May 18, 2011 at 12:35 am

    I think the saddest part of all of this is that, even though the citizens stood up for their own rights to not be harassed or have a riot incited in their home town, the asshats in the WBC still got at least a little of what ultimately crave more than anything…attention.

    For these people, there’s no such thing as bad press. They make it to a funeral and picket, they get put on the news and labeled as monsters, but they’re still on the news. They get stopped and a town gets much deserved praise for its part in stopping them, they’re still on the news. Like a poorly raised child, the NEED to act out and stomp their feet and shake their fists, because if they just went on quietly believing their own disgusting lies in Podunk, KS…no one would even care if they existed.

    In my home town, we have dealt with this group on at least three separate occasions in the past 5 years, two of them regarding funerals for fallen soldiers. In one, Motorcycle gangs came and held up American flags on either side of the motorcade so that the family never saw the protesters while they went from the church to the graveside service. It was a beautiful, honorable, and peaceful act that I can really put my heart behind and respect.

    And, just because some of us might be liberal, believe in free speech, and even utilize that to speak out against what we believe are downfalls in our government or laws and bills that we feel are unjust, it doesn’t make us hippie pot-smoking anti-patriots. I happen to believe that there SHOULD be a change in the law that protects these people and people like them. Funerals are private, churches or private property, and even cemeteries are private property. There should be no freedom of speech law that trumps the law of what happens on private property when people who are not show up to put in their poisonous two cents. I think that these people should be charged with endangering the public, disrupting the peace, and inciting a riot, because their actions bring out the worst in every sane person who encounters them. I don’t necessarily agree with the police involvement in this case, but fuck it! I think the citizens did more than their share of an AMAZING job in deterring these sycophants, and that even without police involvement their point would have made just as effectively.

    Kudos, Ranklin. And boo to the insidious WBC.

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  52. Anonymous Reply

    May 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    You can wish all you want that some bat**** crazy folks WEREN’T members of your religion, your nationality, your family, your town, etc. But wishing doesn’t make it so.

  53. Anonymous Reply

    August 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Yeah, Westboro Christians are fucking douchebags, but they have the right to protest and be stupid douchebags.

    Shutting down their reprehensible (and constitutionally protected) protest is reprehensible in itself.

  54. Froggydegremln Reply

    December 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    This is a perfect plan that needs to be repeated where ever these morons show their faces. Kick a couple of asses, arrest the rest on the prospect of a Mopery charge and let them loose after the funeral is over. It’s time to shut them up by making it very uncomfortable to show up at anybody’s funeral. I’m a Vietnam War era veteran of the U.U. Navy and I approve this message and method.

  55. Rainne Reply

    May 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Excuse me, Pete, but I would just like to point out that first of all, the WBC are hardly leftist. I personally am super-left politically and socially, and I stand up and applaud the methods used by the Rankin County citizens to protect SSgt Rogers’s family. And I come from a military family – my father served in the Air Force as well as in the Marine Corps Reserve, and was a decorated Vietnam veteran, and his father served in WWII. My (Mexican-born) maternal great-grandmother was actually given an award by the US government because five of her six sons served in WWII as well – all of them were decorated and not all of them came home. So you can keep your “leftist snivelers” rhetoric to yourself.

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