Sunday, February 19, 2006

Free Speech and Motorcycles

As you know, I'm a huge fan of free speech... but some people just don't know when to shut up... Like the guy from Kansas who, along with all his "church," go to funerals of military members who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and yell and rant and rave. They believe "God killed the troops because they fought for a country that embraces homosexuals."

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.

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."
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.

Phelps certainly has a right to talk his trash; but I'm with the Patriot Guard Riders who are drowning him out.

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