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Westboro Baptist Church Member Tackled at Military Funeral for Gay Staff Sergeant Donna Johnson: VIDEO


A Westboro Baptist Church member was tackled at a military funeral for Army Staff Sgt. Donna Johnson, blog Guardian of Valor writes:

So at the funeral today for Fallen Soldier Sgt. Johnson a Westboro member decided it would be smart to stomp on the American flag. A Soldier did not take kindly to that and broke through the line, hitting one of the protesters that was disgracing Old Glory. As he was being arrested, two other Soldiers rescued the flag. The first video was filmed bu a friend of mine, the person you see jumping around with the flag is also a buddy. The second video was made by another person there to protect the funeral it is a little clearer. The person you see jumping around right before the Soldier runs in and clocks the member is a friend of mine. The Soldier was not charged and later released.

Johnson died in a suicide bomber attack while on patrol in Afghanistan. She is survived by her wife Tracy Dice.

Watch the crowd go nuts when the WBC member is taken down, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I know that the Phelps ghouls are already sharpening their pencils to figure out how much blood money they can get in a civil suit. Ignoring them is always the best response--but it's good to see some action.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Oct 15, 2012 1:50:52 PM

  2. The media needs to quit referring to them as a Church and call them what they really are....the Westboro Baptist Cult

    Posted by: Mike H | Oct 15, 2012 1:53:39 PM

  3. We have freedom of speech in our country, like the results of that law or not.

    Yes, the WBC are repulsive and say (and do) the worst things imaginable about everyone, but they also have the lawful right to do it as long as it does not infringe upon the rights of others.

    Imagine the tables turned on us when we protest in favor of marriage equality or gay rights. Would you be OK with someone launching from a crowd of opposition and punching you?

    Keep it in perspective.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 15, 2012 1:54:56 PM

  4. Yes Mike H

    when the only members are phelps family members then it is not a church but rather a cult

    Posted by: Moz's | Oct 15, 2012 1:57:40 PM

  5. Johnny - grow a pair. Your "hypothetical" is an almost-daily occurrence for LGBT people.

    Here's the perspective you need to keep - we didnt' start the fire.

    It's not about us "imagining the tables are turned" - the table aint in our favour. Turning the tables means we bash back.

    But hey, hopefully some bigots will protest the funeral of someone you love with signs of hatred and you can smile and think about how wonderful it is that they abuse their freedom to do it :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 1:59:32 PM

  6. Yes, Johnny. I agree that it's better not to sink to their level. However, how many GLBT people get attacked everyday? Christians can walk down the street and know they're not going to be assulted because of their beliefs. At least if the WBC decides to sue, the lawyers can use a "heat of the moment" excuse.

    Posted by: Charles | Oct 15, 2012 1:59:38 PM

  7. WBC is so vile and pieces of trash. That's all I have to say because nothing more is needed.

    Posted by: Tim | Oct 15, 2012 2:00:34 PM

  8. I'm so sick of the Phelps people being defended. At what point do we quit accepting speech that is DESIGNED to INFLAME and PROVOKE? This shouldn't be covered speech, it's obscene in the truest sense of the word.

    God, I hate these people. I don't use the word "hate" very often, but that's exactly what I feel for these hateful bigoted morons.

    Posted by: Kevin | Oct 15, 2012 2:04:21 PM

  9. Have some perspective here: the WBC has done more to advance the causes of gay rights than the HRC --- these crazy people force everyone to consider their positions on gay rights, and to examine the hatred they have in their hearts. WBC needs to stay around, they need to be given more press, and we need the decent human beings in this country to be confronted with the results of poor education, brainwashing, and hatred. Parents see this behavior and realize they mustn't teach their children to hate, for fear the child will wind up like the Phelps clan.

    Posted by: MarkRocks | Oct 15, 2012 2:08:55 PM

  10. Comments here are nonsense.
    Take the fight to the fascists.

    You all keep twittering on about freedom of speech.....which is fine; but look around you, Rome is burning, they are seeking to deprive gays of their rights and demonise us; the republicans have veered to the extreme right; Bachman/Hannity have their own hate pulpit. Got enough freedom of speech yet ?

    I'm so astonished at these vids.......there was a whole crowd there that should have got stuck in immediately to the fascists showing such disrespect to the fallen and to their country. I was waiting for the crowd to surge forward and deal with these Nazis.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 15, 2012 2:09:01 PM

  11. well, Canada has had very specific, explicitly outlined and discernible (for smart people) Hate Speech Laws for over 20 years now.

    here they are in a nutshell - if the SPECIFIC speech you are making incites hatred toward a targeted group the question becomes "What Is More Important? - Your Right To Say It, or The Safety Of the Targets of Your Speech"?

    it's not about "Mean Speech", nor "unpopular speech", nor "controversial speech" - it's S P E C I F I C.

    if what you specifically say puts the target of your words 'at risk' then the safety of your target takes priority over your "right" to say it.

    the lives, safety and wellbeing of the targeted group are more important than your right to direct hatred and incite hatred toward said targeted group.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 2:09:19 PM

  12. Fred Phelps is getting up in years and it shouldn't be much longer until he has a funeral of his own. Yes it would be "stooping to their level" but I hope when that day comes the Phelps family is surrounded by a SEA of people there to see that old POS being put where he rightly belongs, under the ground.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2012 2:10:25 PM

  13. Freedom of speech - how about the freedom of the family to grieve in peace? I'm so glad to see one of these asshats taken out.

    Posted by: Butch | Oct 15, 2012 2:14:58 PM

  14. Obviously the WBC are terrible, but the whole scene, including the counter protestors, is just awful. Imagine if that were a funeral of your loved one. You just want to bury them respectfully and remember them fondly. Chants of USA, USA, flag stomping, fighting between mobs, it's all just so wrong at a funeral.

    Posted by: Brian | Oct 15, 2012 2:15:48 PM

  15. I think you'll find, almost without exception, that military people do NOT like the U.S. flag messed with.

    Posted by: JellyBean | Oct 15, 2012 2:16:17 PM

  16. know what else is sick? FOX NEWS only has a problem with the Westboro's when they protest straight soldier's funerals.

    Does anyone remember that infamous Hannity clip where had one of the Phelps' on and AGREED WITH THEM about gays? "Listen, I don't agree with them (gays) either, I don't like them either, but..."

    f***ing pig.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 2:19:55 PM

  17. "Freedom of speech", "the right to bear arms" are coming back to bite us in the ass.

    Posted by: Richard Crystal | Oct 15, 2012 2:20:32 PM

  18. "Freedom of speech", "the right to bear arms" are coming back to bite us in the ass.

    Posted by: Richard Crystal | Oct 15, 2012 2:20:32 PM

  19. I hope the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus is already practicing their arrangement of "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" for Fred Phelp's funeral...

    Posted by: Vint | Oct 15, 2012 2:26:56 PM

  20. I am so proud of my fellow service members, past members and retired members for being able to and willing to show up to protect the funeral. I am also proud of the civilians who were there to protect the final respects of an American Service Member who died for her country.

    Posted by: mikenola | Oct 15, 2012 2:27:31 PM

  21. @Jacktwist...I like your thinking. Any specific suggestions??

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Oct 15, 2012 2:33:41 PM

  22. Those soldiers should be given a medal, they did their duty by protecting our flag.

    Posted by: KuMiCu | Oct 15, 2012 2:46:55 PM

  23. JACKFKNTWIST I'm with you.

    I keep handy a baseball bat with the carved inscription: This Bat Bashes Bigots.

    I've yet to use it. But, oh, how I want that day to come.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 15, 2012 2:56:38 PM

  24. I think an appropriate response to the WBC is a mob of people armed with super-soakers. ;)

    Posted by: jexer | Oct 15, 2012 3:03:21 PM

  25. Yeah, standing around worshiping the Golden Calf of Freedom of speech while the Fascists degrade us into "untermenschen" has all been done before......and we remember.
    The way you guys think that Freedom of speech is a peculiar American value is delusional.....and you do not have a monopoly on its interpretation.

    All that needs to happen is for the next Republican / Tea Party President Romney to appoint two new Judges to the Supreme Court and you can kiss your sorry freedoms goodbye........but you will still be able to SAY in public that you want equal rights.....while DADT,DOMA, Federal amendment on Marriage and other draconian legislation is introduced.....and upheld by the Scalia School of Jurisprudence.

    Bigots such as the Phelps scum are being tolerated; bigots disrespecting the democratically elected president are being tolerated and legislation depriving us of equality of marriage are being introduced in more States than are accepting same sex marriage.........anti-gay right wing extremism is being tolerated in the name of freedom of speech.
    It's trite to remind you at this stage that you would also tolerate the anti-semitism of 1930's Germany in the name of your false god, Freedom of Speech.
    Let's have freedom of speech which is expansive not the freedom of speech of the Phelps which is provocative, disrespectful, and treasonous.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 15, 2012 3:16:49 PM

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