EDMOND, Okla. — About 200 motorcyclists rolled into Edmond today to support the family of a soldier killed in Iraq and to drown out protests from about a half-dozen members from a Kansas church.
The small group from Westboro Baptist Church, in Topeka, lined up across the street from New Covenant Methodist Church where funeral services are planned for Army Private First Class David Martin.
Martin and three other soldiers with the 101st Airborne were killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol Oct. 31 south of Baghdad.
Those protesting say God is punishing American soldiers because of homosexuality in the U.S. They’re holding signs saying “God Blew up the Troops.”
The motorcyclists revved their engines to drown out the protesters.
Edmond police Capt. Tim Dorsey urged the motorcyclists to not confront the protesters and support Martin’s family by waving flags.