Members of the Westboro Baptist Church got an unpleasant surprise after returning to their van following a protest at an Army sergeant’s funeral to find two slashed tires (video below).
The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its hate speech and homophobic rhetoric, has made headlines many times for protesting the funerals of fallen soldiers. According to Raw Story, the group participated in an estimated 41,000 protests between 1991 and 2010.
In 2010, members of the Westboro Baptist Church traveled to McAlester, Oklahoma, to picket at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey. But the group did not expect to be met with a counter-protest of almost 1,000 people.
“They faced off with a massive crowd of jeering and taunting counter-protesters … two blocks from the First Baptist Church, where the soldier’s funeral was held,” Tulsa World reported, according to AWM.
At the end of the protest, members of the Westboro Baptist Church returned to their van, only to find that protesters had slashed the two passenger-side tires, according to Raw Story.
The group members found themselves stuck, unable to find anybody willing to help them out. Eventually, the van was towed away by AAA on a flatbed truck.
Assistant Police Chief Darrell Miller said the van was towed to a nearby Wal-Mart, where the group bought replacement tires.
Despite the group’s controversial beliefs, members still received protection from more than two dozen police officers.
“We’re here to protect everyone,” Miller said.
The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for its belief that “God hates America” for tolerating homosexuality. Members protest at the funerals of fallen soldiers because they believe God kills U.S. troops due to the basic freedoms and rights homosexuals are granted in the U.S.
Sources: Raw Story, AWM / Photo credit: YouTube via AWM