Texas A&M Alumni Send a Silent Middle Finger to Westboro Baptist Church

Posted: July 8, 2012 in Military
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A former Texas A&M Student, Ryan Slezia, organized a counter-protest to the rumored WBC protest of the funeral of LTC Roy Tisdale this week in Texas.  Tisdale, who was killed last week by a fellow soldier during a Fort Bragg safety briefing he was holding prior to his battalion beginning their Independence Day leaves and passes, was laid to rest at Aggie Field, his college Alma Mater.

WBC, who’s website is http://www.godhatesfags.com, has been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League for their anti-semitic and homphobic hate speech.  In the past they have protested at military installations and funerals of fallen service members with such disgusting speech, that recently there have been counter-protests springing up at the grass roots level.  The Patriot Guard Riders stood up as a volunteer assembly to help, at the next of kins request, by placing themselves between the WBC and their misguided ilk and those who wish to pay their final respects to the fallen.  Events such as Tisdale’s funeral have been the norm in recent years as well as hundreds and even thousands of people show up to allow those who wish to grieve by putting up their patriotic walls.

The event organized by Slezia involved over 650 people, the majority of which were wearing maroon shirts, the color of Texas A&M.  Maroon is also a very fitting color for the farewell of Tisdale as he served his many years in the military as a paratrooper.  As a paratrooper he as allowed to wear the maroon beret, which is the official color and head gear of airborne units in the Army.

As unfortunate as the untimely death of LTC Tisdale is, it is great to see that so many people can band together and allow his family and friends to have their final moments prior to his interment, while protecting them much in the same way LTC Tisdale dedicated his life to protecting Americans and our freedoms.  The WBC hides behind the 1st Amendment in its cowardly way each and every time they perform one of their poorly attended protests.  Seldom is there more than 10 or 12 people there, most of them are the children of the Phelps family who provide the core of this hate filled “church”.  People such as Mr. Slezia and the Patriot Guard let them know that it may be one of their rights to say what they do and to even protest when they choose, but it will not be allowed to affect those whom are suffering from the loss.

LTC Roy Tisdale
9 April 1970 – 28 June 2012
Click image for obituary

  1. Yeah I heard about those protests even before I left the States. Talk about low class.


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