Kansas Residents Plan Human Shield To Block Westboro Baptist Church At Police Funerals

Westboro-Baptist-ChurchAll that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
-Edmund Burke

I am an adherent of the First Amendment. I may disagree with what people say but, on the other hand, I have the right to voice my disagreement.

As in: these protesters are good people doing something.

Over 2,000 people have signaled an intent to join a human shield in an attempt to block a Westboro Baptist Church protest of the funerals of two Topeka, Kan., police officers killed in the line of duty.

Two grassroots-based movements, organized via Facebook, are planning to surround the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka on Saturday to block planned protests by the controversial group, which is based in Topeka. The funerals are for Topeka police officers David Gogian and Jeff Atherly, who were killed in a shootout in front of a Dillon’s supermarket last Sunday evening. The planned shield comes as Westboro faces a national backlash and similar events have occurred in response to the group’s plans to protest the funerals of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.

Westboro has a right to protest, no matter how despicable and ugly their reasons.  And trust me, they are ugly and despicable.

Just as these movements have a right to block the Westboro protests.




5 thoughts on “Kansas Residents Plan Human Shield To Block Westboro Baptist Church At Police Funerals

  1. As was always the case in America, a person was allowed to set up his soap box in the town square and say anything he liked. However, if it was distasteful, normal everyday Americans would usually throw rotten fruit at him or if really distasteful, would kick his ass. No govt intervention as the cops didn’t see anything or say a word.

    So, I do support the 2nd amendment. I also support everyday Americans (not the govt) choosing what they deem as harmless self expression or disgusting abuse of this American privilege.

  2. One of the few things my “Progressive” friends and relatives agree on is, profound distaste for the Westboro (church ?).

    I do support their First Amendment rights. Given the opportunity, I would stand in front of them an exercise my First Amendment rights.

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