So I have seen this floating around Facebook for a while now and I thought I would share. So like many things you see on Facebook I wondered if this was true or not. So after a little Google magic I found the Huffington Post article about it! First off I would like to say how wonderful this is no matter what your particular religious beliefs are this solider died for your freedom to do crazy things like protest. I am a Christian and I think what these people where doing is insane and its good to remember that probably not everyone that goes to that church feels the same way. I remember a while back when you heard about protest at soliders funerals all the time and I always found it so disgusting that people would do such a thing! It makes me so proud to know we have people that would take time out of their life’s to do something like this for this soliders family and friends.
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“When students at Texas A&M found out that the Westboro Baptist Church was planning a protest at the funeral of a soldier who was killed in active duty, they formed a “maroon wall” around the church to shelter the family and friends of the fallen soldier.”
But here is the article I found so those interested Texas A&M Students Form Human Wall To Block Westboro Baptist Church Protestors From Soldier Roy Tisdale’s Funeral
Article Posted: 07/06/2012 5:01 pm Updated: 07/11/2012 12:44 pm
Hundreds of Texas A&M students gathered this week to form a human wall around the funeral service of a soldier to protect his family from Westboro Baptist Church protesters, KBTX.com reports.
Texas A&M alum Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale died on June 28 during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C. Tisdale was killed by another soldier who then fatally shot himself.
Tisdale had served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the days after the soldier’s death, word spread that Westboro Baptist Church members were planning to protest Tisdale’s funeral.
Described as a “homophobic and anti-Semitic hate group” by the Anti-Defamation League, Westboro Baptist Church regularly stages protests around the country.
According to KBTX.com, the group, which is based in Kansas, frequently targets military funerals because of “a belief that God punishes soldiers because of America’s tolerance of gays.”
When Ryan Slezia, a former Texas A&M student, heard of the group’s plans, he hatched a plot to foil their efforts.
“In response to their signs of hate, we will wear maroon. In response to their mob anger, we will form a line, arm in arm. This is a silent vigil. A manifestation of our solidarity,” he wrote on Facebook, inviting others to join him in a peaceful protest.
On Thursday, as Tisdale’s funeral was held at the Central Baptist Church in College Station, Tex., hundreds of students and alumni responded to Slezia’s invation, linking arms to create a human barricade surrounding the church’s entrance.
Most wore maroon — A&M’s school color. One participant tweeted that over 650 people showed up, creating a formidable “maroon wall.”
“We are standing here quietly. We are here for the family,” Lilly McAlister, a Texas A&M student, told KBTX.com. “We are positioned with our backs to them. Everyone has been told there’s no chanting, no singing, there’s no yelling anything back.”
The hundreds gathered were prepared for a potentially aggressive confrontation, but the protestors from Westboro Baptist Church never showed up.
Tisdale’s body was peacefully laid to rest after the funeral at the Aggie Field of Honor — a cemetery for Texas A&M students and staff.