Bikers Guard US Military Funerals Against Protesters
(CNSNews.com) - A group of motorcycle riders who attend U.S. soldiers' funerals to protect them from anti-homosexual protestors on Saturday surpassed the 10,000-member mark.
The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR) escort families of fallen soldiers to funeral services and stand between the funeral proceedings and protestors from the Westboro Baptist Church, who picket the ceremonies with anti-American and anti-homosexuality slogans.
The Westboro Baptist Church, according to its website godhatesfags.com, believes that God uses improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq to avenge the August 1995 bombing of the church headquarters in Topeka, Kan.
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Members of Phelps' church stand outside funeral services holding signs that say, "God Hates Fags," and "God Hates the USA." They also sing songs with anti-homosexual messages.
Patriot Group Riders stand between church members and funerals, usually using American flags to obstruct the protestors' view.
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Mayer added that the group [PGR] "completely crosses all demographic boundaries" and that the membership includes veterans and non-veterans, corporate executives and coal miners, the young and the old.
Read these first-hand accounts of Patriot Guard rides:
Patriot Guard Ride for LT Garrison Avery
Honoring PFC Hasenauer at Soldiers' Angels New York
Visit the Patriot Guard Riders website