May 31st, 2011
08:48 AM ET

Counterprotesters confront Westboro Baptist Church at Arlington

Washington (CNN) - Protesting members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were met with an unlikely group of counterprotesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery.

Hours before President Barack Obama led the nation's Memorial Day observances at the Tomb of the Unknowns, three members of the Westboro Baptist Church were challenged by others who disagreed with them - including members claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan.

The Kansas-based church has attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members.

Read the full story about the Westboro Baptist Church's Memorial Day protest
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  1. charbos

    Please take the Baptist out of your name and call yourself Westboro Church because it gives all of the Baptist Churchs in a very bad light!
    How dare you making a such a scene at funerals of dead soldiers! What about "lover thy neighbor as thyselves", "the greatest commandment is to love God and to love thy neighbor"? I hate war just as much as anyone but why focus on their families in time of their sadness? Go after murderers and other senseless killing, Leave the loved ones; mothers, fathers, wives, children, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and friends alone at surely the worst time of their lives. My father served in WWII, my uncle and his brother died in the same war, I have friends who lost their father in Korea, and know people who were killed in Vietnam. It saddens me that these families cannot grieve alone without ignorant people, picking on a conundrum, instead of showing love and compassion for the families who give up their love ones to rid the world of evil people Hitler, Bin Laden, and the list goes on. We owe a great respect and admiration for those who gave their lives that we may be a free people. Reread the "Gettysburg Address" and you will see what a great, Bible reading, God loving president thought of the men and their families who gave their lives to end slavery in this great nation. Do you believe that War is Hell? I do and so do the soldiers who fight in these wars but why pick on the dead who fought so bravely?

    In ending, please don't speak for me or other Baptists like me.

    March 24, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  2. Marie Kidman


    June 23, 2011 at 11:49 am |
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