The Westboro Baptist Church has made offending people an art, arriving at any public event they believe will have some media around, spreading their anti-homosexual message of hate. One of their favorite spots has always been at the funerals of soldiers, targeting their families with signs stating that their loved ones died because of God’s wrath over gays in the military.
So it’s not much of a surprise that a contingent of the church showed up that the Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery. Slightly surprising, though, was who was there to meet them.
The Ku Klux Klan.
Among those counter-protesting at the cemetery’s main entrance: About 10 members of a group that claims to be a branch of the Ku Klux Klan from Virginia called the Knights of the Southern Cross. They were cordoned off separately in a nearby area, but drew little attention as they gave out small American flags behind a banner that read “POW-MIA.”
They said they were there to object to the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-troop message.
“It’s the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech,” said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described “Imperial Wizard” of the KKK group that he said he formed several years ago.
“That’s fine,” said Abigail Phelps, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. “They have no moral authority on anything.
Trying to decide who has more moral authority, the Phelps or the KKK is like trying to decide if you’d rather have someone shoot off your right foot, or your left one.
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