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Bikers Block WBC From 9-Year Old’s Funeral After Westboro Links OK Tornado To Jason Collins

by David Badash on May 25, 2013

in Bigotry Watch,News,Religion

The Westboro Baptist Church this week linked the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma, which killed 24 people, including nine children, to support for openly-gay NBA player Jason Collins, and threatened to protest funerals of several of the tornadoes’ victims, including 9-year old Nicholas McCabe.

The WBC, which call themselves God Hates Fags, threaten to protest many funerals — usually those of military service members, celebrities, gay people, and victims of natural or man-made disasters and terrorist attacks — to spread their hate and homophobia:

Sometimes they show up, oftentimes, they do not.

But fortunately for the country, a group called the Patriot Guard Riders does show up, even if the WBC does not. The Patriot Guard Riders are a motorcycle group whose “job” is to convene en masse dozens if not more than one hundred of its members at these funerals, as a show of force against the WBC — effectively blocking them from view if they do show, and effectively scaring them away from even trying.

And that’s what happened this week.

Westboro’s Fred Phelps Jr., scion of the founder of the WBC, claimed that God sent the tornadoes to Oklahoma because Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Kevin Durant publicly announced his support of Jason Collins, the NBA center who recently announced he is gay.


  Later, via Twitter, the Westboro Baptist Church announced their plan to protest funerals of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado victims.


Yesterday, there were many claims that all members of the Westboro Baptist Church tried to get a permit to picket the Oklahoma funerals, were denied, then showed up and were arrested. There does not seem to be any evidence that claim is true.

But here’s what did happen: The Patriot Guard Riders showed up.

Take a look:

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lepidopteryx May 25, 2013 at 12:53 pm

WBC are for the most part cowards who bully from behind the safety of a keyboard. When people make it known that their offensiveness will be met offensively, they tuck tail and go lick their balls in the corner.

dakotahgeo May 25, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Rumor has it that Shirley(-on-the-ropes) Phelps-Roper has the biggest balls of all the relatives. (Why am I NOT surprised??).

BJLincoln May 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

The WBC services..Wait…
They are living proof of our freedom of speech. We have to take the bad with the good but we have our freedoms no matter what the Religious Right claims.
They have also made people aware of the hate and injustice of hate as well as brought people together in a common cause of love, friendship, and understanding for our human differences.
I can't stand them or their message. My God loves us all.
As bad as they are…we become better for it.

lepidopteryx May 25, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I know that in a way, they serve the cause they seek to destroy. I won't deny them their freedom of speech. And I will stand and shout with those who speak even louder of love. Let them speak – and we will drown them out.

wyocowboy62 May 25, 2013 at 8:30 pm

this is great…i wish WBC would get the message but they are to ignorant to to get the message and will be back at someones funeral. I love the two with the fingers up and the jesus pic flipping off WBC…

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