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Vets drown out burial service protestors

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by gjk5, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. gjk5

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    F*ck this Phelps guy, I'd like to kick his ass:


    VFW motorcycles drown out protestors
    Originally published on Wednesday, October 12


    By Linda Martin
    Progress Staff Writer

    CHELSEA — God spoke with the roar of revving motorcycle engines during a protest Tuesday by six members of a Kansas church that believes God is punishing the U.S. for protecting homosexuals by killing soldiers overseas.

    Chelsea residents, however, believed God spoke on their behalf as the engines of more than 100 Veterans of Foreign Wars motorcycles drowned out the voices of the Westboro Baptist Church members who were allowed to protest from 1-1:30 p.m. before the 2 p.m. funeral services for Staff Sgt. John Glen Doles.

    The protesters were escorted by police from the Chelsea Police Station to and from the protest site at the corner of Sixth and Vine streets a half block away. They left immediately after the protest, said Chelsea Police Chief Kenny Kelsey.

    Chelsea’s main street was lined with American Flags in honor of Doles, who was killed when he and five others were ambushed by enemy fire last week in Afghanistan. He was laid to rest with honors in a small cemetery southeast of Chelsea.

    Town and local law enforcement consisting of Chelsea police, the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol made good their intent that nothing would disrupt funeral services for the local hero and his family.

    Chelsea Mayor Kenny Weast said he received a fax last Tuesday saying church members would be in Chelsea to protest at the funeral.

    Weast contacted local law enforcement and a successful plan was devised.

    Said Weast: “We planned for the worst and hoped for the best.”

    Weast’s own feelings about the protest, however resonated those of the town.

    “What a tragedy to have a group like this protest the day of the funeral, one of the hardest days this family will have. It makes me sick,” he said.

    Kelsey, Chelsea’s chief for six months, said neither set of protesters “were allowed to cross the street and every body stuck to it.”

    The American Legion Riders from Southeast Kansas, which represented a number of Kansas towns and communities along with members of other organized motorcycle groups, attended the funeral to protest the protesters.

    But the No. 1 reason was to show support for Staff Sgt. Doles and his family and to oppose Fred Phelps, who is the leader of the anti-homosexual group.

    The bikers succeeded in keeping the protesters out of sight and sound of the Doles family but for anyone else close enough to see their brightly colored signs spoke loud and clear: “GOD IS YOU OR ENEMY; GOD HATES THE USA; GOD IS AN AMERICAN TERRORIST; TOO LATE TO PRAY; THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS; YOU’RE GOING TO HELL; GOD HAS SPOKEN IT’S NOT A BLESSING IT’S A CURSE and AMERICA IS DOOMED.”

    The locals had a couple of signs of their own. Three older women held up a white sheet that said “SHOW AMAZING GRACE” and two young people held a cardboard sign saying “YE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE.”

    John B. Milam, a Chelsea native, said of his feelings about the protest, “I have no respect for anyone who has no respect for the dead.”

    Wilma Fraley said, “I just think the family deserves a quiet, peaceful funeral for their hero. Thank God for the (local) people coming out to do this (show their support).”

    At the cemetery, which was void of protesters, Doles’ team leader and 14 other fellow soldiers from Fort Polk in Louisiana who either trained or served with Doles attended the funeral.

    Staff Sgt. Adam Oliver, Doles’ team leader, said, Doles “was the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life. He was one of those guys that everybody liked and probably the best soldier I’ve ever been in charge of. He was always willing to go the distance and beyond without ever being asked.”


    Staff Sgt. Stephen Podymaitis, said “I’m just a better man for having known him.”

    Podymaitis said he and his family lived next door to Doles and his family and their two sons practically grew up together.


    “He brought happiness to everybody’s life,” Podymaitis said. Still in disbelief that his friend is gone Podymaitis said: “He’s a brother in arms and a brother in heart.”
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    I read that the other day. Those scumbags need a good napalming back into the middle ages. You just don't go around trying to disrupt funerals for war veterans.........................
     
  3. Cricket

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    Good grief :mad1:

    What did Dennis Miller used to say, sometimes you just have to thin the herd. You'd think it was common knowledge that a funeral service is for people to pay respect to the deceased.
     
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    The head of that group, Fred Phelps, is as dispicable as can be. I lived in Topeka where he is from for 3 years and an mention of his name and his activities still gets my blood boiling. I am so surprised someone hasn't taken him out given this new activity of protesting soldier funerals. He is as low as can be. He is a disbarred attorney, and though I don't know him personally, I do know some people who went to law school with him and they say he is highly intelligent - his actions sure don't show it.

    Here is a pic I was sent a while back of him with a couple kids who asked if they could get a picture with him.

    fredphelps.jpg
     
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    i grew up about 10 miles south of Topeka and would hear things about him all the time on the news how he was picketing on wannamaker, or gage. He's retarded and strives on all the attention he gets and yet people still show him on the news and keep giving him all the attention he wants.
     
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    What the heck kind of church is made up of membership like that? To live on hate and fear must really suck . :(
     
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    Disrupting a funeral is something I'd expect a militant Muslim to do...
     
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    I saw an interview with Fred Phelps a while back. You've never seen suck hatred in a person. You'd think he'd have other goals or interests ... nope, just one.

    I bet there's one hell of a story as to why he is the way he is, but, we'll probably never get to hear it.


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    I somehow suspect that story has an uncle cousin Lester in it who was way to "friendly" with Mr. Phelp's young cornhole. He's just got way to much hate for it to be on principle alone.
     
  10. Eric M.

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    :haha: That about sums it up I bet!

    Eric M.
     
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    These yahoos are planning on protesting at a church down the street from my house Sunday. One of the local radio stations has been sending a call out to veterans and bikers to show up there to "show them some love". I'll let you know how it goes.

    John
     
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    Goodbye Fred......
     
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    I heard about that on the Mad Max Morning Show today. He gave out the address for the church and Phelps' home phone number. :bow:
     
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    Well it was entertaining. About 300 bikers, another 150 or so gathered supporters, and about 15 or so supporters of Rev. Phelps. That and about 40 OKCPD. At one point an ambulance showed up for someone in Phelp's band, and everyone started cheering :D. Those folks are really off the deep end. I saw signs that said "God Hates America" and "Thank God for IED's". What a bunch of wack jobs. The church was letting the bikers turn around in their parking lot, and everytime the bikes went by Phelp's group, they would rev their engines, do burn outs, and basically show them disrespect. The police stood by and made sure there was no violence and when Phelp's permit time was up, shuffled them off, without once hasling anyone who had assembled for the counter-protest. You just aren't going to drum up any support for your crackpot groups in this part of the country, or anywhere else in this country I imagine. Would've been nice to get within striking distance of that moron, but there were more cops around him than the President.

    John
     
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    that is so dang cool man.
     

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