Thousands Gather To Block Protestors At Soldier's Funeral
HARRISONVILLE (AP) - Thousands of people, some from miles away, lined streets of a western Missouri town to serve as a buffer between the family of a soldier being laid to rest and an anti-gay group that protests at military funerals.
People were summoned to the funeral of Army Cpl. Jacob R. Carver on Tuesday by a Facebook posting and word of mouth. Carver died Nov. 13 in Afghanistan.
The Kansas City Star reports that the 2,000 to 3,000 people who showed up in Harrisonville, about 130 miles from Columbia, included busloads of schoolchildren and senior citizens. They lined the streets for nearly a half-mile in front of the church.
When members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrived to promote their view that soldiers' deaths are God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality, the only spot available was a third of a mile from the church.