Westboro Baptist Church first came into the national spotlight in 1998, when it was featured on CNN for picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard, a young man from here in Wyoming who was beaten to death by two men because of his homosexuality.  Since then, the Westboro Baptist Church has attracted attention for many more actual and planned funeral pickets.

Everywhere the Westboro Baptist Church goes to picket, they are met by angry American's who believe in our Country, our Constitution and our way of life and feel that the church and its congregation are making a mockery out of America's right to freedom of speech.

Many communities feel as though their hands are tied when it comes to combating these protesters, but not the small town of Brandon, Mississippi.  The folks in the community of Brandon found a simple and maybe even legal way to combat the protests of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Taken from thehayride.com

On Saturday USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan April 7, was buried in Brandon, Mississippi.

And in fact when Sgt. Rogers’ body returned to Brandon it was greeted by hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of well-wishers who gathered at the roadside to honor the fallen American hero. The dashboard camera from Mississippi state trooper Elmo Townsend’s cruiser gives an indication of the scene last Thursday.

The Westboro Baptist Church gathered their followers and headed to Brandon, Mississippi - their intent - to Protest the Fallen Marine.

The community of Brandon had a few surprises - taken from an Ole Miss Sports Message Board.

A couple of days before, one of them (Westboro protestors) ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his arse waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.

Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.

A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.

This could become the new template for taking action against the potential protests threatened by the Westboro congregation.

The Westboro mob wasn’t on the scene, and Sgt. Rogers was laid to rest without incident – thank God.