This post is for all those who have turned out to protect military family members of fallen warriors when members of Westboro Baptist Church – known for demonstrating at their funerals – show up.
Six members of the Kansas-based church came to Tampa to demonstrate during the Republican National Convention. Their demonstration at first attracted only a few onlookers and two members of PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
Dressed in pig outfits, the PETA protestors, stepped in front of the Westboro folks and mugged for the media cameras.
Later there was a brief clash between Westboro folks and anti-RNC protestors marching by according to the Huffington Post.
The anti-GOP protesters were marching from “Romneyville” toward the official protest zone created by the city when they clashed with members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which had been protesting homosexuality, Tampa police said. Church members also frequently picket funerals of military members.
After about 20 minutes, the half-dozen Westboro church members retreated from the protest area under police escort.
The Tampa Police reported there were no arrests .The Westboro protestors are scheduled to hold another demonstration Wednesday in downtown Tampa several more during the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week.