Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Tomlinson Funeral UPDATED 5x and BUMPED

I'm helping blanket the local blogosphere with the unfortunate news that the vile Westboro Baptist Church has plans to picket Spc. Joshua Tomlinson's funeral in Minden this Saturday.  Via My Bossier, here is their flyer (PDF) for the protest which says:


Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to a fallen fool.

This message to be preached in respectful, lawful proximity to the memorial of Spc. Joshua A. Tomlinson Sat., May 29, at 1:15 p.m. First Baptist Minden
301 Pennsylvania Ave., Minden, LA

Spc. Tomlinson gave his life for the Constitutional right of WBC to warn America. To deny us our First Amendment rights is to declare to the world that Spc. Tomlinson died in vain, and that America is a nation of sodomite hypocrites.

“Except the Lord build the house, They labor in vain that build it; Except the Lord keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain.” Psa. 127:1.

The Lord no longer builds the American house; nor does the Lord watch over and protect America. These soldiers are dying for the homosexual and other sins of America. God is now America’s enemy, and God Himself is fighting against America.

Over at Andy's place there is talk of the Patriot Guard Riders showing up to help shield the family from these disgusting protesters. There is an active chapter of the group here in Louisiana, so let's hope they can assist.

Spc. Tomlinson, you will remember, was 24 years old and was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan along with four others. 

I think it would be awesome if everyone in the area could attend the memorial, lining the route with flags and support.  Meanwhile, I'm doing some fishing on the protest to see what is developing.

UpdateKTBS has a blurb that says Minden law enforcement is on the case.  I'm hearing that the Patriot Guard will be there but so far no real confirmation.  Stay tuned.

Update 2:  The Patriot Guard Riders site has been down for a while; they are aware of the problem.  From their Facebook page:

From the Board of Directors, we have been working on the website since it went down and we believe this is a result of outside action. We are putting all the resources we have available on the problem.

We will have the website up ASAP. We appreciate your patience and we are communicating with the Regional and State Captains regarding missions. Unfortunately, at this time we do not have estimated time of resolution.

Please note the emails servers are still in operations at this time. For those of you that are wishing to join the PGR, please be patient we will be back online ASAP! Thanks for everyone’s concern and support! The Mission WILL go on!

Stay tuned.

Update 3:  Just a clarification that the Patriot Guard is not a counter-protest group, but attempts to honor the fallen soldier.  Didn't want there to be a misunderstanding there.  Spc. Tomlinson deserves to be buried with honor and, as G.R. and others stated in the comments at My Bossier, nothing should be done at all to bring shame or spectacle to this young man's funeral.   I think that locals standing in attendance with flags is a fine way to honor his life and service but no attempt should be made to confront the Westboro group.

Update 4:   A commenter at My Bossier leaves this:

On Sunday the Patriot Guard escorted the body of Sgt. Tomlinson back home. My son (10 years old) and I had the unexpected privilege to ride beside the group for 17 miles on our way home from Shreveport. To give you an idea of how many riders were in the procession, I got on I-20 at MP21 and when I exited at MP 38 I could barely make out the lights of the police car in front and could not see the end behind me. I was moved to tears to see the support and respect these riders had for Sgt. Tomlinson and my son rode in silent awe. My thoughts and prayers are with the Tomlinson family. Minden is a big Baptist town and we protect our own. Strangers stirring up trouble will not be tolerated.
I'm glad the Guard is involved at it must be a solace to Spc. Tomlinson's family.  Now let's just hope that the service is as peaceful and dignified as he deserves.  I've heard from a lot of folks who plan on attending to honor him.  Line the streets with flags!

Update 5:  John Colter of the Patriot Guard makes contact and tells me they have been asked by the family and WILL be at the funeral for Spc. Tomlinson.  He writes:

Please let your readers know that all are welcome to stand with us as long as they stand with respect.  Under no circumstances will we engage in, or condone, physical violence against any protestor(s) that may show up.  As another reader commented, it only gives them free publicity.   Our methods are to ignore them and shield the family from them.    The media and all the worried whispers and gossip has already helped them as it has drawn some of the attention away from the hero we are honoring.  IGNORE THEM.    

He speaks to the wise; ignore them.  Do not engage the protest group.  The Red River Tea Party will be in attendance, helping to line the streets.  Also, check the comments for the remarks from the church - they have a spanking wonderful idea!   Take part in it!


TNelson said...

These people are despicable. They have shown up in the Omaha area a few times. (Lucky us - we are close to Topeka, KS where they are headquartered). Honor Guard folks showed up in droves both times and I bet they will make it to this funeral too. The family will be in my prayers.

Janet said...

At one of the other funerals where the WBC picketed, some students counter protested by holding up white sheets to shield the family from the picketers. What an awesome, peaceful way to take the wind out of their sails. It would be amazing to see that become a trend...

Andy said...

Thanks for getting the word around, Pat. We're going, and your "former student" and his biker/Soldier buddies are making plans to take the trip.

I hope thousands show up to support this family.

Red said...

Thanks for getting the word out Pat. Corndog shall follow suit.IN what sane world are these people protesting in "lawful respectful proximity"?

Red said...

Totally linked. God bless the Tomlinson family.

Jim said...

Pat, thanks for the updates!

platinum said...

There are others that are wanting to do things to help this family out during this time. Thankfully not all people believe in what this horrible and despicable church believe. God Bless our Soldiers!

Meg said...

I dare these people to show up in my hometown! I just don't see how you can protest a funeral of someone who gave their life so you could walk around and enjoy freedom. I know several people who were good friends with the young soldier being put to rest. They are not happy!

Joseph said...

Has anything been setup as far as a group of people lining the streets with flags? or sheilding with sheets etc? We all need to ban together and support our Hero and his family!

Lester said...

To engage protesters is to validate them. It lets them know you saw their message and have a response. They should just be ignored. He died in a horrible war brought about by religion. And now his funeral will be marred by religious protesting.

Lipton T. Bagg said...

Greetings! I am both a fellow blogger and a PGR member (albeit on the West Coast). While the website is currently down email is still functional. As I understand, PGR will (upon confirmation of the Tomlinson's family wishes) plan a mission. Without the families invitation, PGR typically would not attend.

As you noted, PGR attends these reverent events to celebrate the bravery and sacrifice shown by our fallen heroes. Our mission is in support of that memory, and for the comfort of their families. Our mission is not specifically to counter villains, cowards and liars like WBC; however we will always serve honorably when and if we are called to do so.

On a personal note, our prayers to SPC Tomlinson's family. And my personal wishes to WBC members - may you rot eternally in Hell.


Pat Austin said...

Thanks for the information. At the My Bossier blog, a comment was left that the Guard escorted the body back to Minden. I'm sure they're involved now and what a nice thing for the family!

My greatest admiration goes out for what you guys do.

First Baptist Minden said...

In response to the Westboro protest group, First Baptist Church Minden is providing a way for you to positively and to peacefully express your support. So for every minute that the protestors are on site, we are asking you to pledge a per minute monetary amount. ALL the proceeds will be given directly to the widow of a TRUE HERO, SPC. JOSHUA TOMLINSON. So the longer they choose to stay and protest, the more it will benefit SPC. JOSHUA TOMLINSON’S family.

If you would like to help, you can print and fill out this card and bring it by the church office, email it to or mail it to the church office at:

FBC Minden
301 Pennsylvania Ave.
Minden, LA 71055

Or you can call the Church Office at: 318-377-4434!/photo.php?pid=178886&id=299800060

Lipton T. Bagg said...


Noted and linked with gratitude:

I also have some updated information on Westboro and their demonstrations.


Bob Belvedere said...

Quoted from and Linked to at:
The Real Servants Of Sathan

Thank you for all your work on this Pat.

Pat Austin said...

@First Baptist - Wonderful idea! Thanks for the info!

@LTB: Blogrolling you. Thanks for stopping in!

Anonymous said...

Some of us Army Wives of currently deployed soldiers are trying to get a group as well to go stand and POSITIVELY support the sacrifices our troops and their families make.

Anonymous said...

i will be there...joshua was one of my i will proudly stand up for his is my only way to honor a fallen friend!...

Anonymous said...

I received three emails from three different Tea Party groups which will be in attendance. It's encouraging that so many are willing to take a stand.

ps-Fred Phelps can suck it.

Red said...

First Baptist Minden has a good suggestion. I'll get the word out as well.

Longhaired Conservative said...

Prayers for the family. God bless Joshua Tomlinson.

Anonymous said...

We will be there to honor this brave man who gave his life to give us the freedom to live ours. He is one of many, and it's my honor to stand in front of these heathens that are there to disrespect him for what he has done so they can have their rights they so absurdly spew about (freedom of speech, religion). All the brave servicemen and women, in any field, should be honored for what they do for the citizens of this country. Thank you for posting this so we have updates to go by. said...

North Texas Tea Party (North Dallas suburbs) will be there with a big banner signed by some of our members.

flip said...

Spc. Tomlinson gave his life so these worthless pieces of crap can go around all over the country, they were in Charleston, SC (where I am currently stationed with a good friend, who happens to be from Minden) not too long ago. They had better be happy that we were under direct orders not to go anywhere near them or we would have made sure that they wouldn't ever do this again.

ET3 Phillip Webb, USN

Lipton T. Bagg said...


I have the final update on SPC Joshus Tomlinson's memorial - along with a video - posted. Thousands attended along the route. A grand memorial for a true hero.

It went well. PGR attended I understand, and Westboro Baptist was a no-show. Thank God.


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