How To Stop A Phelps Protest — Out-Protest Them

The Phelps family has made it their mission to protest against gays at the most inappropriate places they can find, relying on the right to free speech to ensure they are not arrested or sent away.  Their favorite place of protest has always been military funerals, where they declare that soldiers die because of the country’s tolerance of homosexuals.

But this time, in Kansas, a town fought back, blocking all access to the funeral and outshouting the Phelps group until they gave up and headed home.


By 9 a.m., an hour before the funeral of Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people, many of them waving American flags, lined nearly a half-mile of the street in front of the church, making sure Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church/family congregation were crowded out, peacefully kept far from shouting distance of the funeral.

“This soldier died so (Phelps) could do what he does, as stupid as that is,” said Steve Nothnagel of Harrisonville as he looked at the turnout. “I’m so proud of what is happening here today. This is a community coming together. I know it’s not just Harrisonville; they’re coming from all over.”

The call had gone out by word of mouth and Facebook: Come to Harrisonville, line the streets. Let’s protect this family on this saddest of days.

Not long ago, the same strategy against Phelps was pulled off in Weston. As one woman that day said: “We’re like any small town. We fight a little between ourselves. But today, we’re all together.”

By the time the Phelps clan rolled into Harrisonville, the only spot open to them was next to a Casey’s Store nearly a third of a mile from the church.

The seven protesters got out of their van and waved their signs and ranted their slogans that soldiers’ deaths were God’s punishment for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.

Opponents drowned them out with a rousing rendition of “God Bless America” and chants of “USA! USA!” and “Go home! Go home!”

“We can’t stop them, but we can be louder,” a man said.

After a near skirmish between the two groups, the Topeka group bailed before the funeral procession passed.

Often we complain that it is the loudest voice that tends to get heard.  In this case, it is the loudest voice that did the most good.

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Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle7 years ago

I believe in free speech, but hateful, ignorant people like the Phelps clan, well, ....
This is a good strategy -- drown them out. I wish for the family of the dead soldier, however, that they could have had a quiet remembrance, as I'm sure they wanted. What to do. Freedom of speech means freedom, and along with that, is responsibility.

Chris White

Well, it's about time! I glad people are finally getting the word that this bunch of fruitbats have no place in a civil society and that there are far more people against them than with them.

Good for you!!

Kurt H.
Kurt Hilden7 years ago

Phelps "Beware lest your cross becomes the Devil's mousetrap!" --Blaise Pascal

Marti Williams
Marti Williams7 years ago

Yes...this is wonderful !!! I'm so glad that no injury has happened...we will just have to keep on doing they can take their signs and hate and slink back into the ooze from which they came from...

Dana P.
Dana V7 years ago

Hip Hip Hurah!!

Christopher Fowler

Good job, Harrisonville and all others that came to the necessary aid of a family just trying to quietly bury their child, who died in defense of liberty.

In his death, we lost a man of honor, but we gained more proof that the Phelps cult, and others like them, do not represent the reality of what actually makes a good person of any faith.

The town and it's neighbors are infinitely more "Christian" than any of those Phelps cult psychos.

Lepidopter Phoenyx

I have a great idea - let's hold a gay pride festival on the sidewalk outside Phelps' so-called church one Sunday morning during services. After all, it's our First Amendment right to do so. Now where did I put my chaps?

Past Member
Past Member 7 years ago

Good on that kansas town. I wish other tows would do the same thing.

Danell A.
Danell A7 years ago

I'm so glad to hear that an entire community came against & won over the Phelps family and the crazy WBC! Awesome!!!

Linda G.
Linda G7 years ago

I'm so glad that the whole community came together to protect their own from the hate and fanatism of the Phelps regime. Good for them!!