When word got out that the Westboro Baptist Church was going to protest at a Marine’s funeral, a group of veterans knew they needed to take action.
Marine Corporal Richard Bennet died at the age of 25 in a helicopter crash while serving in Iraq. The Westboro Baptist Church reportedly chose to protest at his funeral because they believe that God kills soldiers due to America’s acceptance of homosexuality.
Bennet’s family was devastated when they heard the group would be picketing his funeral but, fortunately, they had some friends.
A group of bikers who call themselves the Patriots Guard announced that they would be attending the funeral expressly to keep the Westboro Baptist Church out and give the family the peace they deserve.
“No family should have to face this type of hatred on the day that they’re putting their loved ones to rest,” said Ken Van, a member of The Patriots Guard and pastor. “Bennet died defending our sacred freedoms, and he even died to give the fringe members of the Westboro Baptist Church the right to picket his own funeral, but just because they have the right to speak doesn’t mean we have to listen.”
The Patriots Guard showed up at the funeral and formed a human fence around the premises, with each member holding an American flag. They used their motorcycles’ engines to drown out the sounds of the Westboro Baptist Church’s hateful chants.
Watch a video of The Patriots Guard protecting Bennet’s funeral below.
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