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Westboro Baptist church set to protest funeral of Marine in Fort Mill (updated)


Thursday’s funeral services for Marine Staff Sgt. TJ Dudley are attracting some unwanted guests. Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church released a statement this (Wednesday) morning saying they’ll protest the service for the marine killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.

Barry Burke, state commander of South Carolina Rolling Thunder tells WRHI News the organization’s followers are zealots.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]          Q: …asked them to. (:13)

Funeral services for Staff Sgt. Dudley are set to take place at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fort Mill High.

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Funeral services for Marine Staff Sgt. TJ Dudley are set for Thursday/this afternoon at 2 o’clock in Fort Mill…and while hundreds gathered Wednesday morning to escort Dudley’s body from Charlotte to Fort Mill, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest Thursday’s funeral. But Randal Stevens, State Captian of the Patriot Guard Riders says his group of former servicemen will be standing by to make sure the religious zealouts can’t be heard.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]          Q: but I doubt it.          (:20)

Stevens says there’s a great deal of irony surrounding the protests of funerals like Dudley’s. organizations like the Patriot Riders serve to help provide an additional level of support for the family of fallen service members, supporting their brothers and sisters in arms.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]          Q: to be idiots.           (:07)

Services for Staff Sgt. Dudley are set to take place Thursday/this afternoon at 2 p.m. at Fort Mill High School.

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Members of Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church are set to protest the funeral of Marine Staff Sgt. TJ Dudley Thursday in Fort Mill. But the protesters, should they arrive, will meet a stiff resistance as members of the community and veterans’ groups like the Patriot Riders will be on hand protecting the family from the eccentric radical religious group. Randall Stevens, State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders tells WRHI News his organization serves to help provide an additional level of support for the family of fallen service members, supporting their brothers and sisters in arms.

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]          Q: doesn’t have to see that           (:20)

Dudley’s body arrived in Charlotte Wednesday morning and hundreds lined the sides of S.C. 160 to help escort his remains to a Fort Mill funeral home. Funeral services will take place Thursday at 2 p.m. at Fort Mill High School.

4 comments to Westboro Baptist church set to protest funeral of Marine in Fort Mill (updated)

  • Dan

    The lunatics from westboro babtist are not welcome in Fort Mill.

  • Jean Bridgman

    As the elderly widow of a 30+year Marine (54-86) you have my heartfelt condolences for the loss of this wonderful young man..I sincerely hope someone can put the fear of GOD into these protesters! Perhaps a bout of taking no prisoners will become necessary….

    YOU PATROL WITH GOD & THOSE COMRADES IN ARMS WHO WENT BEFORE SSGT.DUDLEY..I AM SURE, IF YOU LOOK AROUND THE FLIGHT LINE, YOU WILL LOCATE FLIGHT ENGINEER MSGT. W.S. ‘BILL’ BRIDGMAN NEAR A C-117 OR 47. HE WOULD BE GLAD TO WELCOME YOU HOME. GOD BLESS & SEMPER FI..

  • Anonymous

    I live in the Fort Mill/Tega Cay area and attended Fort Mill High School along with his siblings and this lunatic from Westboro is not welcome and need to go back home. He is taking the freedom of speech to another level and needs to be stopped one way or another and keep his opinions to himself and among those crazy people who listen to his bs. This man must not realize he only has the right he is expressing because of men and women like Sgt. Dudley who risk their lives every day for us fellow americans! How can he say and do the disrespectful things he is doing to people like that it just is not right. God Bless the Dudley family! And there is only one place these Westboro Babtist followers will go and if they are such experts on christianity they should know exactly where that is! I hope they like warm weather cause it will be hot where they are going! How disgusting….this is unbelievable!

  • Zach Victor

    Westboro you should be ashamed to protest a man who died for your right to do so.. but I guarantee if you in any way disrespect this man, his family, or this town, you will be choking on your teeth