It's the Law - But it is Wrong!
Our Constitution ensures that everyone is entitled to speak freely on any topic. At times the intent of the law is twisted and the public just has to listen. The somewhat recent antics of a few misguided religious zealots that are protesting at funerals takes the cake. They only want to find the stage where they can get the most shock value and media exposure. They don't care about the innocent people they hurt as long as they get their faces on television.
If you haven't been following, a very small group (really just one family) calls themselves the Westboro Baptist Church. They conduct very vocal and visual "protests" at funerals of soldiers killed overseas. They claim that the deaths are Gods way of punishing a country that allows homosexual behavior. It is too bad that we can't just beat the piss out of these assholes. But they are protected by the same laws that our service men and women are sworn to protect. It doesn't matter if you agree with the war or the politics, it is a matter of respect to the families as they bury they sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, and brothers and sisters.
You are wondering where this is going?? How does motorcycling fit into this picture? It all started back in early August of 2005 with the American Legion Riders chapter 136 from Kansas. They were appalled to hear that a fallen hero’s memory was being tarnished by misguided religious zealots who were protesting at funerals. They decided to do something about it. At the ALR 136 August meeting, Director : Chuck " Pappy " Barshney appointed members, Terry “Darkhorse” Houck, Cregg “Bronco 6” Hansen, Steve “McDaddy” McDonald, and Bill ”Wild Bill” Logan to form a committee to strategize and form a battle plan to combat Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church.
How do you battle a group that carries banners like GOD HATES FAGS, FAGS HATE GOD, AIDS CURES FAGS, THANK GOD FOR AIDS, FAGS BURN IN HELL, GOD IS NOT MOCKED, FAGS ARE NATURE FREAKS, GOD GAVE FAGS UP, NO SPECIAL LAWS FOR FAGS, FAGS DOOM NATIONS, etc. The solution is so simple. Motorcycles!
Check out the Patriot Guard website. Join in the fight. Do what is right.