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Brandon, Mississippi is in Rankin County, just east of Jackson. Just recently, it was the scene of the funeral of USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, killed in action in Afghanistan.
According to IHateTheMedia.com, it was also something of a Waterloo for the wingnuts from Westboro Baptist.
The story actually starts a couple of days before the funeral, when one of the wingnuts decided to tell the good folks of Brandon what he was there for and just what he thought. A few minutes and one can of gen-yu-wine Dixieland whup-ass later, police responded. However, the victim couldn't identify his attacker, and the "large crowd" that had gathered around had developed a case of collective amnesia about the incident.
Now we come to the date of the funeral. The wingnuts were mostly staying at one hotel. On the day of the funeral, for some odd reason, a whole bunch of pickups with Rankin County plates were parked in the motel parking lot, right behind every car with a Kansas license plate on it. Again, police were called, but their wreckers were running behind. Before the tow trucks showed up, the drivers returned to their trucks ... after the funeral had already ended.
A few Westboro wingnuts did show up for the funeral — only to be pulled aside and questioned by police about their possible involvement in a crime. After a few hours, the police determined they weren't involved and they were released.
Again, I've got mixed emotions about something involving Westboro Baptist. They seem to be the litmus test for freedom of religion: If they're beating up the loonies this week, doesn't mean they won't be beating up the Catholics next week. And the beating was no doubt richly deserved, but still ....
On the other hand, the part of me that enjoys a nice slice of after-dinner Schadenfreude says: Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.
Again, please pray for SSgt. Rogers and his family. Semper Fi, Marine.