The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist
Cult Church has a long tradition of protesting military funerals with signs that say, "thank God for dead soldiers." It's also not uncommon for their hateful shenanigans to be met with counter-demonstrators. So it should come as no giant surprise that they showed up at Arlington National Cemetery to make a ruckus for Memorial Day on Monday or that there was a counter-protest.
What is surprising is who those counter-demonstrators were. According to CNN, they included America's foremost hate-group and The Westboro Baptist Church's closest competition for the title of Nation's Biggest D-Bags: the Klu Klux Klan.
The Klan members came to show their support for soldiers.
"It's the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech," said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described "Imperial Wizard" of the KKK group [Knights of the Southern Cross] that he said he formed several years ago.
"That's fine," said Abigail Phelps, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. "They have no moral authority on anything."
And if there's anyone who knows about a lack of moral authority, it's definitely The Westboro Baptist Church.
Abigail Phelps also asserted Westboro's morally superior stance on racial politics to CNN by saying the Bible doesn't label other races as abominations. In the background, one of the Westboro protesters was wearing a T-shirt advertising a website called jewskilledjesus.com.
No violence was reported at either protest.