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

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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. It's about time these idiots get what they deserve.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 15, 2012 5:10:38 PM


  2. It wasn't that long ago that gay rights protests were seen (and still are in many places) as disruptive, destructive, and detrimental to public order. Not to mention disgusting and offensive.

    Be careful what you ask for because you might just get it. The price of having free speech for yourself is extending it to sh*t-heels like the Phelps.

    Which isn't to say I wasn't cheering too when that guy punched one of them. Those pr*cks have been begging for it for a long time.

    On another note, however, as someone else said, the ironic thing is that the net effect of the Phelps' antics has been more positive for gay rights than negative. Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert, and the entire cast of Glee couldn't mobilize entire schools to protest in defense of gay rights but the WBC can and regularly does. They've made Fox News anchors stand up for gay rights. They are so vile they make people question their own long-held prejudices. They couldn't do more for gay right if we paid them.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2012 5:17:10 PM


  3. These lunatics have no decency. Can't they let the dead rest in peace? If the WBC really were concerned about the survival of Christian values they'd know that a funeral is no place for a disrespectful act - either toward the dead or toward your nation. What they should have done is holdup a sign thanking Sgt. Johnson for her service to our country.

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 15, 2012 5:45:03 PM


  4. whatever. we need a Malcolm X, dudes.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 5:56:18 PM


  5. Good for that soldier! It's about damn time Fred and his merry band of assholes get just what they deserve. A fist in their big mouths.

    Posted by: Doc Marten | Oct 15, 2012 6:05:24 PM


  6. Good contents, but dammit, when are people going to learn to take videos by turning their smartphones 90 degrees so the video doesn't look like it was taken through the keyhole of a door. Dammit people please learn how to use your phones.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Oct 15, 2012 6:06:57 PM


  7. quick question - some of you who seem to be objecting to "hate Speech" laws or policies then reply with something like "what if the tables turned and 'we' got punished for blah blah blah..."

    what do you specifically mean? do you mean when Gays promote hatred or engage in hate-speech?

    because there's a rather large and discernible difference between Hate Speech and Equality Speech.

    Is there a certain aspect of Hate Speech that lgbt people use? i've never seen it.

    do we have any comparable "_____hates_____" signs or mottos?

    just curious.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 6:13:06 PM


  8. I'd rather have some quiet protestors saying stupid stuff than a bunch of people screaming USA USA outside the funeral for my loved one. That's worse to me than what, 20, laughable idiots from the Westboro Baptist Church? Come on, it's not like they bring 100 people to their protest...it's one hillbilly family. Ridiculous.

    Posted by: Hal | Oct 15, 2012 6:13:57 PM


  9. good to know, HAL, with any luck they'll protest your funeral and your family can hear about how you're burning in hell for all eternity as they attempt to pay their last respects.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 6:20:51 PM


  10. "Friend, if Romney and the fascists get in the SCOTUS is likely to rule against us on every issue for the next generation ( with new appointments).....no equality, no equal protection, and straights get benefits that we are not good enough for."

    @JACKFKNTWIST This comment has nothing to do with the court ruling in favor of WBC's freedom of speech. Just fyi I am a democrat and gay, so stop putting people into boxes.

    The law is the way it is so it can protect everyone, including us. There are other countries that believe that displaying gay pride or gay awareness (Russia) is a "vile act" etc. they most likely say the same things we do about the WBC. We cannot squelch speech just because it isn't popular.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Oct 15, 2012 7:35:23 PM


  11. "because there's a rather large and discernible difference between Hate Speech and Equality Speech."

    @LITTLEKIWI This is only the case when your are looking from one side of the argument. Many religious people around the world see gay pride as Hate Speech towards god and implement laws banning said "hate speech". You and I can easily see the difference but I do not want the law to be biased, because biases change. Freedom of speech was written and is defended to protect everyone.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Oct 15, 2012 7:40:19 PM


  12. but that doesn't survive the most basic rational test of logic, Bryce - what threat is posed to "their God" by gays having equality?

    no more a threat than a JEW a MUSLIM a BUDDHIST a ZOROASTRIAN or anything or anyone else havign equality.

    that people here seem to think there's no discernible difference between signs saying "God Hates Fags" and "I Love My Gay Sister" makes me wonder what the heck y'all get taught in school.

    that's the thing - hate speech isnt' decided by the plebeian masses - it's a process of intellectual discernment. Canada figured this out 20 years ago, folks.

    when your "freedom to say _______" comes at the expense of the freedom, wellbeing, safety and livelihood of the targets of your speech, your right to say it is less important than their right to live free from your intended persecution.

    there's a difference between hate speech and unpopular speech.

    and don't compare your country to Russia or nations that are furhter behind the times - y'all keep forgetting Canada which, let's be fair, has a rather telling history of being ahead of the curve or the myriad social issues that the USA drags its heels about figuring out.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 15, 2012 7:57:23 PM


  13. Westboro Baptist Church spreads its hate through picketing in our streets, provoking attacks, with abusive language and flag desecration, attempting to create a confrontation. This is not a church, this is a hate group. This is not about protesting, freedom, or God. They are in it for the money and the press; this is a family law firm. They are not a "church." It is a scam. They go after anything that can get them in the news. This is a family of lawyers using this “god hates you” thing to make money. It is time for this scam and the hate to end.

    Posted by: cb | Oct 15, 2012 8:28:01 PM


  14. Well, it looks like the WBC trolls got what they wanted: attention, and an excuse to sue everyone in a 10 mile radius.

    They should have thrown that flag-stomping ***hole into the casket and buried him alive.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Oct 15, 2012 8:28:51 PM


  15. As hateful and crazy as they are, the most appropriate thing to do (which the media sadly won't do as they are more driven by ratings than ethics) is to IGNORE them. Deny them that thing they crave--media attention. These people thrive on that media attention, and if that were denied to them consistently--if they never got any press or other media attention and were sure they wouldn't get it--perhaps the satisfaction they derive wouldn't be there. Then they might crawl back under the rock they came out from under.


    Posted by: kdknyc | Oct 15, 2012 9:04:22 PM


  16. You're exactly right, kdknyc. If you read anything about the history of Fred Phelps and the WBC you know that what he craves most is attention. That's been his schtick all along, for decades. Their fixation on gays is relatively recent, but Fred has ALWAYS been about pushing buttons, being the biggest pain in the *ss he possibly can.

    Personally I wish a mob would descend on the whole lot of them and kick their @sses black and blue. But part of me is also interested in preserving Constitutional rights because one you start limiting them you CANNOT guarantee that it will go the way you plan- in fact the law of unintended consequences pretty much guarantees that eventually it will bite you on the @ss.

    I mean making a law, even a Constitutional amendment, that forbids protesting at funerals sounds like a nice, sensible idea, right? But once you start fiddling with it what else is going to change? You could certainly get a majority of the population, and probably elected officials, to vote for making it illegal to protest at churches. How would you like that? Doesn't sound so good, does it?

    Yes the Phelps and others use it to abuse groups and individuals but I'd rather err on the side of freedom than end up with censorship.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2012 9:33:44 PM


  17. actually its a lot of wishful thinking on your part. The jerk attacked a father from the wbc and the cops tackled him (navy seal) WBC came.WBC picketed. Perverts raged. WBC left.

    Posted by: tonycharles | Oct 15, 2012 11:05:56 PM


  18. When fags are in power the rule of law goes out the window. (Fred Phelps)

    Posted by: tonycharles | Oct 15, 2012 11:06:58 PM


  19. THE DEAD DYKE IS STILL IN HELL . HA HA

    Posted by: tonycharles | Oct 15, 2012 11:07:53 PM


  20. Tony, you're even more pathetic than Fred Phelps. Say what you will about him but at least he has the guts to spew his bullsh*t in public while you hide behind a computer screen. Shirley Phelps has more balls than you do, in fact, which makes you pretty godd*amn useless.

    Troll away, needle-d*ck. You're nothing but comic relief.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 15, 2012 11:40:12 PM


  21. Dueling mobs, how quaint.

    And that dreadful Lee Greenwood song - just putrid.

    I think it's sad that this was someone's funeral. I feel profoundly sorry for everyone there that knew her. This isn't at all what services should be about. It's just not fair.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Oct 15, 2012 11:54:14 PM


  22. Then again, giving the WBC exactly what it wants, which is a restriction on the free speech and the system they have contempt for - THAT would be a real victory for them.

    The USA is a nation of contradictions and living examples. You may not like all the living examples, but it certainly makes some ideals a great deal clearer.

    So when people say there ought to be a law and more limits on expression, blah blah blah, they're being naive and pawns for some truly evil $hit.

    I particularly love how people from other countries come here to a blog created in the USA that's primarily about gay USA news, who and opine about how the USA needs to be more like THEIR country, and why the values and history of this country need to be subverted to accommodate THEIR ideals of what's right and wrong.

    Fix your OWN country, nobody gives a crap about your opinions about what's going on here. You don't even live here, and when you do come here, you only experience a tiny fraction of the country. You don't know ANYTHING about us.

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Oct 16, 2012 12:05:45 AM


  23. Not good. The soldier that attacked the Westboro member just negated everything that the fallen soldier, Johnson, served for.

    Posted by: Carla Lewis | Oct 16, 2012 12:25:50 AM


  24. I'm so glad people are literally fighting back against these attention seeking morons.

    Didn't Obama sign a new law where they were not allowed to be at people's funerals any more ? Why aren't they automatically arrested before the funeral attendees arrive ?
    A grieving family should not have to deal with these evil idiots.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Oct 16, 2012 12:49:58 AM


  25. You don't have to beat them up to put them in their place. Here's what happened when they "visited" San Francisco: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=In8a0PyDjN8 It's offensive, but the guy is simply doing a parody of them by being even more crazy than they are, if that is at all possible. I sort of wonder how he did it while keeping a straight face. He did such a good job of it that some people passing by thought he was serious!

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 16, 2012 1:24:20 AM


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