Mon Dec 10, 2012, 02:29 PM
Whovian (2,866 posts)
Photojournal: Westboro Baptist brings Cons and Liberals together for common cause. Photo Intensive!
This occurred Monday, June 13th, 2011 at Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville, Tennessee at the funeral of Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf who had been chosen as a target of the hate group Westboro Baptist Church. I woke up early that day and got there early to try and record the event. I found that the majority of folk there were very conservative and expressed some dismay when they brought up politics and I informed them of my very liberal stance. They were still very friendly as we seemed to have a common enemy.
The largest contingent of people not liking Westboro seemed to be bikers.
One of the first shots before the crowd got there.
Everyone seemed to be armed with a flag as this might exorcise thoughts that might not be in line with personal opinions.
Groups of 20-100 bikers at a time started showing up at around 10 AM.
Shot taken while waiting for the arrival of Westboro/
The crowd began to arrive.
Westboro arrived and started setting up.
Many bikers and family of the fallen interacted.
A "Flag Line" formed around the building where services were to be held.
We had our own signs.
More and more bikers seemed to arrive in an endless stream.
The church put out a buffet for the bikers.
Word got out Westboro was about to start their protest.
The cops were great and made us sure that we were welcome to be in Nashville that day.
Westboro was outnumbered by at least 1000 to one.
They lasted about five minutes before they ran like hell.
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Photojournal: Westboro Baptist brings Cons and Liberals together for common cause. Photo Intensive! (Original post)
Response to hifiguy (Reply #1)
Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:33 PM
Whovian (2,866 posts)
4. There were well over 100 Harleys across the street from them all with cut pipes
I believe I lost some hearing that day as the roar of revving engines drowned out anything these people wanted to communicate. I had to stop taking pictures and place my hands over my ears.
Response to Whovian (Original post)
Mon Dec 10, 2012, 03:01 PM
Siwsan (2,663 posts)
3. We had the same thing ALMOST happen in Flint
Except that the Westboro people never got to protest. The funeral home was across the street from a Home Depot. When the Westboro people pulled in to the HD lot to park, the store manager came out and asked if they intended to do any shopping. When they said no, he told them they were tresspassing and would have to leave. They balked so to reinforce the store manager's order, the local police department pulled up. Since this was the ONLY nearyby area not completely covered by biker and veterans groups, the Westboro people jumped back into their vehicles and left. None of us in the groups surrounding the funeral home ever even saw them.