Well, that's BS... and some folks have decided to drown out Phelps and his crew.
Wearing leather chaps and vests covered in military patches, a band of motorcyclists rolls from one service member's funeral to another in hopes their respectful cheers and revving engines will drown out the insults of protesters.Yes, indeed. Wish I had a loud bike or a muscle car; I'd add my revving to the cacophony to support the families of our American military who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
Calling themselves the Patriot Guard Riders, they are made up of motorcycle club members who could no longer tolerate a Kansas-based fundamentalist church demonstrating at military funerals with signs reading, "Thank God for IEDs [makeshift bombs]." The bikers shield the families from the protesters and overshadow the jeers with patriotic chants and a display of red-white-and-blue flags.
"The most important thing we can do is let families know that the nation cares," said Don Woodrick, the group's Kentucky captain. "When a total stranger gets on a motorcycle in the middle of winter and drives 300 miles to hold a flag, that makes a powerful statement."
Phelps certainly has a right to talk his trash; but I'm with the Patriot Guard Riders who are drowning him out.