I got an email today, talking about how Rev. Fred Phelps has been protesting the funerals of servicemen and women killed in Iraq, saying that they deserved it and that they're going to hell because (as his websites and so-called church states), "God hates fags," and God hates America because we "harbor" homosexuals. The VFW is organizing "Walls of Respect" for funerals he plans to protest. Basically, veterans and bikers (many of whom are vets) make human walls between Phelps and his followers and the funeral attendees, turning their backs on the hate and sometimes reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and/or revving the engines of their bikes to drown out the cries of the protestors.
I'm in. I'm so damn in. Phelps and his nutcase followers have already protested a funeral in Marblehead, and the local police pipe band drowned them out. These are the same people who protested the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the young gay man in Wyoming who was fatally beaten and left to die, tied to a fence.
Thing is, I don't think I'm eligible to join the VFW, as I have never been in a combat zone, so I'm not sure how to find out if there are any counter-protests needed in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Maine.
I'm not very tall, but hot damn I'm loud, and my bike might not have a big motor, but it'll make noise. No one has the right to take away that family's ability to grieve in private.