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Bikers protest Westboro Baptist demonstrators at Arlington burial

By Michael E. Ruane

A group of motorcyclists staged a counter-demonstration Monday at the Arlington National Cemetery burial of a local Navy SEAL, parking motorcycles and revving engines to oppose a protest by members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas.

The motorcyclists, many clad in boots and leather, lined up along Memorial Drive in front of the small group of protesters, opened the throttles of their engines to drown their singing and saluted as the funeral cortege passed.

The church protesters, who contend that God is killing members of the military because of the nation's sins, sang over the din and held signs that read "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Thank God for IEDs."

Members of Westboro, who often demonstrate at military funerals, are the subjects of a Supreme Court case that seeks to decide whether they have a right under the Constitution

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Added: Oct-5-2010 Occurred On: Oct-5-2010
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