And sadly, no service stations in town were willing to repair their vehicle:
Members of a Kansas church that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town Saturday.
Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed.
To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police.
Before Phelps clan members discovered the slashed tires, they had to face a massive crowd of 1000 people jeering and taunting them. Motorcyclists amongst the crowd revved up their engines to muffle the protests. More than two dozen law enforcement officers had to form a security cordon around them.
They didn’t have much better luck, last weekend in Mo, where Weston townspeople rallied to counterprotest the Phelps phreaks:
When Weston residents learned about the protest, several hundred citizens rallied to show support for Sadell’s family, armed with patriotic music and American flags large enough to cover any unwanted guests.
“We got everybody here early so we could take up all the parking spots,” Rebecca Rooney of Weston, Mo., told WDAF.
Several supporters also traveled from California and Australia to be a part of the counterdemonstration, in which they created a human shield around the perimeter of the funeral.
Eventually, Westboro Church members retreated.
Here’s hoping that this trend continues. The Phelps clan abused our free speech laws for years with little blowback. Now, 1000 people in a small OK town come out on a moments notice to counterprotest the anti-gay, anti-military Phelps clan.
One wonders if perhaps the tea party movement has been an influence….