A group of bikers went to Newtown, CT to shield mourners from the nasty vitriol of the Westboro Baptist kooks who take pleasure in the suffering of others. Good for the bikers, who stood arm and arm forming a human wall to block the hate group in the event they showed up.
Bikers seem to have thwarted attempts by the Westboro Baptist Church to protest the funeral of Newtown, Conn., shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung.
The vocal right-wing Christian group, whose website is godhatesfags.com, produced a video called “God Sent the Shooter,” and has blamed the massacre on gay marriage. It put Hochsprung’s funeral on its online “picket schedule.”
But there was no sign of the church group, as local newspaper the Newtown Patch live-blogged throughout the day with updates, and reported that people had arrived from as far away as Massachusetts to protect the mourners — just in case.
Bikers from New York formed a formidable-looking wall of motorcyles.
The report above is not accurate, as the Westboro Baptist kooks are not conservative or right wing.
(GP Correction: Fred Phelps is not a “rightwinger”, he’s a Democrat. And the Westboro Church is not a Christian group – It is a sick cult.)
It is well known that Fred Phelps has run for office as a Democrat several times.
Shame on the Cochrane Times for labeling him rightwing!
As it turned out, the hate group did not show up to protest the wake. Whether the bikers had anything to do with the decision not to protest is unknown.