Counter-protesters outnumber Westboro Baptist Church members at short protest in St. Charles, MO

January 6, 2011 1:48 pm

ST. CHARLES • Three protesters from a controversial Kansas group met more than 100 counter-protesters when they arrived about noon today.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church stood at the corner of Second and Monroe streets for about 10 minutes in protest of bills that would limit picketing at funerals. The St. Charles County Council has passed a bill that would limit picketing, and the St. Charles City Council is considering a similar measure.

The ACLU of Eastern Missouri is challenging the county's bill on behalf of Westboro members.

The counter-protesters chanted "USA," recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang "God Bless America" in an effort to drown out the three Westboro members.

Many of the counter-protesters were veterans. Some were students. Some were family members of veterans.

The city closed one block of Second Street for the protest. Lt. Mike Akers of the St. Charles Police Department said no tickets were issued, and no arrests were made.

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