KKK, Westboro Baptist Church collide at Arlington Cemetery (Video)
When the Westboro Baptist Church came out to protest at Arlington Cemetery, they were met by a perhaps-unlikely group of counterprotesters: the Ku Klux Klan.
The Wichita, Kansas-based church, known for protesting funerals of fallen soldiers with controversial signs, came to the cemetery to protest President Barack Obama, who attended a Memorial Day ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns.
A group of 10 from a Virginia Klan group handed out American flags. They weren't there to protest Westboro's anti-gay message, their anti-Jewish message, or their message of hating virtually everything. No, the Klan just wanted to protest the church's anti-troop activities.
"It's the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech," Klan member Dennis LaBonte told CNN. The group didn't say whether or not its members were armed, and did not protest much.
It was a quiet counterprotest between two groups who, aside from the subject of fallen troops, would probably have quite a bit in common.
Watch the two protests, from CNN:
Would you like to contribute to this story? Join the discussion.
RecommendedRecent Facebook Activity
Best of TBD In case you missed it
Billed as the biggest food truck assembly to ever happen in D.C., "Curbside Cookoff: Trucko De Mayo" took place on Saturday with at least 40 vendors.
TBD Blogs What you need to read
@TBD On Foot
Only On 7
For all the breaking stories happening in your neighborhood and developing stories happening around the world, join Leon Harris and Alison Starling weeknights on ABC7 News at 5 and 11.