You've probably have never heard of Harrisonville. I know I hadn't. In fact I'm not sure what state its in, Missori or Kansas. But I do know they are a town brought together.
What brought them together? The funeral of one of their own and the protestors coming to add salt to the family's wounds.
Now you know my opinion of Westboro Baptist Church. If you don't, read my previous blog. Short recap: they protest slain soldiers
Anyway back to Harrisonville
Harrisonville was home to Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver, who was killed in Afghanistan by a suicide bomb earlier this month. Word came that our favorite church group was going to be coming to town to protest his funeral. The people of Harrisonville said "Hell no. Ain't gonna happen," Starting before dawn, Cpl Carver's supporters began to line the street on both sides of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, where the funeral was to be held. The people, along with folks from three counties, were not going to let the protester anywhere near the church. By the time they got there, the only spot was next to a store a third of a mile away from the church. They did what they came to do, shouting their hateful slogans and holding their hateful signs. But the supporters were louder, singing "God Bless America" and shouting "USA! USA!" and "Go Home! Go Home!" Of course they were some near fights and WBC finally gave up and bailed before the procession passed.
Thank you, People of Harrisonville. You give me faith that people really do support our Troops and honor the ones who have given their lives so we may be able to live like we do and protest those protesting the Troops.
All information within this edition of Ice Queen's Frozen Words comes from The Kansas City Star article "In Harrisonville, thousands line street to keep Phelps clan away from soldier’s funeral" by Donald Bradley