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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. Some day someone without a family and with only a few mos to live due to eg cancer, will buy or build flamethrower and send these creeps to the hell they deserve.

    Plese god make it so. Yes some people deserve not sympathy for their sickness but cruel and unusal treatment

    Too bad we cant just give them to the talibs with a vid cam. The enemy of humanity's enemy is our friend.

    Posted by: billywingartenson | Oct 16, 2012 1:28:02 AM

  2. I know this is petty, but how hard is it for people to learn to turn their damn cell phones to film a video properly?

    Posted by: The Opinionaire | Oct 16, 2012 1:49:07 AM

  3. Like several other people have said (though the distinct minority on this discussion board), what WBC want is attention and the ability to sue people who harass or attack them. Unfortunately for decent people everywhere, this incident is a win for them--lots of attention, and probably more money to finance their disgusting speech.

    For the disturbing number of people here who have said that WBC deserve to suffer or be handed over to the Taliban, all I have to ask is, seriously? We are supposed to be a better people in a better country than the Taliban in Afghanistan or Pakistan. We don't have to respect WBC, but we certainly do have to tolerate them. Many of us shake our heads in disgust, dismay, and mystification when there are riots in the Muslim world over a perceived insult to Mohammed or the Koran or the religion. Guess what, the same thing happened in the US on a small scale today: violence to protect a symbol.

    For those of you who would argue that WBC's speech is not covered under the US Constitution's freedoms and/or would argue for a Canadian or European style hate speech prohibition, let me state this: when governments start deciding what kinds of speech are acceptable or not, what kinds of associates are considered acceptable to meet with, what kinds of people are judged worthy of holding and claiming rights, we are all in danger of having our rights eroded. If we think that it is reasonable to put limited restrictions on specific rights to guarantee safety, the parameters of those restrictions are something that should be constantly debated and tested. The WBC case does not even come close to meeting such a threshold: WBC's views are vile and shocking to say the least, but they are not dangerous.

    Finally, for those of you who say that witnesses to the assault should lie to the police or that the police should not prosecute the soldier, such attitudes undermine the rule of law and equal protection under the law for everyone. If it acceptable that a person connected with WBC should not receive the protection of the law because the audience finds his or her speech odious, then there is no reason that conservative religious bystanders who witness a gay bashing should tell the truth to the police investigating that crime.

    I find it disturbing that a population who has experienced much discrimination under the law and denial of the full rights of citizenship would be so quick to take away the rights of another group (even if they are horrible people).

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 16, 2012 2:17:22 AM

  4. I am surprised that this has not happened sooner and it was only a tackle. People have been shot with much less provocation, which of course, I am not saying such provocation is justified. I know police involvement at these gatherings often focuses on preventing good folks from doing something like this that would land them in trouble.

    I am not sure why traditional media still consider them newsworthy? They live for the publicity and it may be only worth their while to stage these ugly scenes if they know they get coverage for it. As others have noted, this will only embolden them even more.

    Posted by: AngelaChanning | Oct 16, 2012 2:17:35 AM

  5. Hitting is not good. There are better ways to deal with these people. Like water boarding, or setting them on fire then selling their charred flesh on skewers over rice with a pita on the side.

    Posted by: Billy Beyond | Oct 16, 2012 5:04:40 AM

  6. Coming from the other side of the pond and looking at the American ideal of free speech, I am appalled. That ideal seems to be that you will allow your fellow citizens, in this case the Westboro Cult, to defame, disrespect and protest at the funerals of service men and women who have died in the service of their country; and you simply have to put up with it? Clearly, the 'freedom to bear arms' and the 'freedom of speech' need to be reexamined in a modern society. As for the litigious nature of Cults like Westboro, for that you have to look to your judiciary - sadly ours is following suit.

    Posted by: sam | Oct 16, 2012 5:47:51 AM

  7. Why are the Canadian laws regarding inciting violence so impossible to imagine in the USA? There seems to be a very strange reverence for the "Rule of Law" even if there is little common sense in it. Violence is not something you want to endorse. That said there does come a time when it serves it's purpose. Need I remind many of you that it was NOT a group of PC protesters that started the Christopher Street riot, but a bunch of Drag Queens with bricks in their purses. Anything less would not have given us even the chance to seek our 'Equal Rights'. Any of you that are so caught up in the protection of these incendiary bastards rights, for the sake of the rights of us all, might do well to understand that through out history, there comes a moment when all the talk is done, and will not change the wrongs. At that rare moment the only thing that is going to work or change the dynamic is a few brave souls willing to fight to hold their rights. The fears for the abuse of that scenario, seem to have erased the true benefits of a aggressive stance. That tenant, the writers of the Constitution understood VERY well, yet, all the same were loath to promote for obvious reasons. In a word: sometimes, just sometimes, when nothing else works, you might want to put a brick in your purse.

    Posted by: Booka | Oct 16, 2012 12:17:57 PM

  8. If you restrict speech who decides if it should be restricted or not? Minorities will lose. Our law is fine the way it is.

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Oct 16, 2012 1:00:09 PM

  9. Regarding Sam's comment, "Coming from the other side of the pond and looking at the American ideal of free speech, I am appalled. That ideal seems to be that you will allow your fellow citizens, in this case the Westboro Cult, to defame, disrespect and protest at the funerals of service men and women who have died in the service of their country; and you simply have to put up with it?" ...

    What the courts decided is that laws that restrict such protests in the immediate vicinity of a funeral are constitutional. The Phelps people stay just far enough away to comply with those laws, and the people attending the funerals hopefully never see them. That doesn't stop the Phelps Freaks from ending up in the news, though, particularly when counter protesters also show up and unintentionally help create a circus for the media to cover.

    The media coverage does not typically give one any sense of how far away the Phelps Freaks are from the funeral, and the public probably assumes in watching the videos that they are closer than they really are. I think showing how far away they have to stay would be a good thing - it would make the Phelps Freaks look more ineffectual, and hence less newsworthy. As others have pointed out, the Phelps Freaks are proverbial "publicity whores", so making them less interesting to the media would help discourage them.

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 16, 2012 2:27:45 PM

  10. Christian my ass! Their kids should be taken away from these abusers!

    Posted by: billmiller | Oct 16, 2012 5:31:23 PM

  11. ...Folks...This is clearly an attempt to get litigation started.,,this is what they do. They have no other source of income..some are lawyers (Shirley, are you litening???)...this is a result of inbreeding at Westboro Baptist Church... thyea re all insane.

    Posted by: thom | Oct 16, 2012 6:12:47 PM

  12. " 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." except when it comes to bashing Mohammed....sorry, when it's equally ok to slam islam..then I'll respect free speech regarding religon.

    Posted by: strange1 | Oct 18, 2012 1:16:01 PM

  13. "
    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."......and the cheering and laughing by the WBC filth as they lower the casket is what? So am I to understand you'd rather the counter protestors be silent as the WBC cheers and laughs? Sorry. i 'll go with the singing of God Bless the USA any time. OH, BTW..I'm one of the originals who fought this filth back when they first started. i'm responsible for dealing out some old fashioned justice on the face of one of those pigs..and would do it again with "pride".

    Posted by: strange1 | Oct 18, 2012 1:19:50 PM

  14. remember - the WBC are heinous but not the "real" enemy.

    the WBC didnt' convince anyone to vote for Prop 8 or donate to anti-gay causes.

    it's the "nice n'smiling" anti-gay Christian denominations in America that are using sweetly-subversive bigotry to cause real harm.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 18, 2012 1:27:59 PM

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