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August 28th, 2010
11:01 PM ET

Man fires pepper spray on church protesters outside Marine's funeral

A motorist fired pepper spray Saturday at a group of demonstrators and counter-protesters outside a funeral for a U.S. Marine in Omaha, Nebraska, police said.

The incident occurred shortly before 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) as members of a small Kansas church that protests at military funerals and counter-protesters stood nearly a block away from First United Methodist Church during services for Staff Sgt. Michael Bock, 26, who died August 13 in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

A man in a Ford-150 pickup truck drove by, extended his arm and sprayed with a large can, police said. His vehicle was stopped a few minutes later.

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Filed under: Christianity • Homosexuality • Nebraska • United States

soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Zunt

    When the older Phelps dies, as he is getting up there in age, I hope that there are people at his funeral with signs reading: "Death Cures Bigotry"!

    September 2, 2010 at 8:29 pm |
  2. Jay

    I'm glad the guy did something to those demonstartors. A funeral is to honor the dead not their politics or anything else. These people disrespect the family by showing up and being like this. How would they feel if someone came to their loved ones funeral and sonce they worked the deceased was a cop they protest cops, or heck if the person worked at Wal-mart and they came to protest capitalism. I mean this country is protest crazy, suing crazy, and sometimes ,with the way we care so much about celebrites, is crazy itself.

    September 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  3. concerned!

    We do need judges with the gusto to stand up to individuals such as these! We cater to their abuse of the legal system, because everyone is afraid they will be sued and/or affected monetarily. These days must pass, this nation needs to rise up and fight back, in the name of every fallen soldier and every other person who is affected by the hate these vile being spew.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:12 am |
    • Jay

      Bravo concerned. I agree whole heartedly. If the founding fathers saw this country today they'd be ashamed.

      September 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  4. concerned!

    @kate! He was a marine who served in Viet nam. I do not condone his actions but the world needs to stand up against these people and crush them in a court of law. Fight fire with fire. They don't hit we don't hit. We get even!!!! And we bring these people to justice for their malicious abuse of the legal system. Fred Phelps lost his ability to argue in court as an attorney because he crossed lines. The rest of his spawn many of whom are attorneys as well will do the same eventually. We just have to fight the smart fight and take them out with a different type of tactic, the very one which they use.

    August 31, 2010 at 12:05 am |
    • Kate

      @concerned

      If that's the case I stand corrected – and would happily give the guy a refresher course 😛

      And yeah, they abuse the system – they just backed a *State* down from bringing charges against them by the simple expedient of tying them (WBC) up with counter-charges in court. But it'd be a mistake the fight them on their level, because I don't think decent Americans *can* go down to that level.

      These people are at best out for a quick buck, at worst apocalyptic end-of-times fanatics. Personally, I think they're just as crazy to die as the not-so-smart bombs – but at the same time I know they rely on the fact most Americans are too civilized to do what we all would *like* to.

      They hide behind the same first amendment the people they dishonor fought and died for. If we refuse to compromise what we stand for in order to satisfy AQ, we shouldn't then turn around and do it for this bunch.

      Someone a long time ago taught me "Honor is defined as doing the right thing even when it's to your disadvantage". It doesn't make us weak, it makes us the best.

      August 31, 2010 at 12:22 am |
    • Kate

      Correction: them (the State)

      August 31, 2010 at 12:23 am |
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