Marine Corporal Richard Bennet passed away in a helicopter crash in Iraq. He was 25 years old. The radicalized Westboro Baptist Church chose to protest his funeral. They believe that God kills American troops due to the country’s acceptance of homosexuality.
In the midst of their grief, the family of Richard Bennet was now faced with the prospect of angry, chanting protesters. That’s when “The Patriot Guard” showed up.
Ken Van, a pastor and veteran of the Patriot Guard, tries to attend fallen soldiers’ funerals and show his respect as frequently as possible.
“No family should have to face this type of hatred on the day that they’re putting their loved ones to rest,” Ken says. The First Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights, was just one of the many things that Bennet was fighting to protect. That amendment guarantees the right to free speech. It does not, however, guarantee the right to be heard.
The Patriot Guard also decided to exercise their rights. Using their bodies to form a wall, the bikers revved their bikes’ engines, effectively keeping the church from being seen or heard by the people mourning.
Despite the hateful rhetoric being spewed at them by the extremist group, the bikers kept a level head. The Westboro Baptist Church thrives on attention and the best way to beat them is to ignore them. The bikers did just that.
H/T: Homecoming Heroes