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Westboro Baptist Church Confronted By Counter-Protestors

Westboro Baptist Church Meets Counter-Protesters At ArlingtonOn Monday, protesting members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were met with an unlikely group of counterprotesters Monday at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia. Three members of the Westboro Baptist Church were challenged by others who disagreed with them — including members claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan.

The Kansas-based church has attracted nationwide attention for its angry, anti-gay protests at the funerals of U.S. military members. Among those counter-protesting at the cemetery’s main entrance were about 10 members of a group that claimed to be a branch of the Ku Klux Klan from Virginia called the Knights of the Southern Cross. They were cordoned off separately in a nearby area, but drew little attention as they gave out small American flags behind a banner that read "POW-MIA." They said they were there to object to the Westboro Baptist Church’s anti-troop message.

"It’s the soldier that fought and died and gave them that right to free speech," said Dennis LaBonte, the self-described "Imperial Wizard" of the KKK group that he said he formed several years ago.

"That’s fine," said Abigail Phelps, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps. "They have no moral authority on anything." People like them say it’s white power … white supremacy," Phelps said. "The Bible doesn’t say anywhere that it’s an abomination to be born of a certain gender or race."

LaBonte insisted he is not a racist nor a "hate-monger," but said he believes the white race is "slowly and most assuredly being denigrated." Members of the group declined to say whether they were armed. A larger group of about 70 protesters — separate from the KKK — located across the street waved pro-USA signs and took turns shouting down the Westboro Baptist Church group. Some of the counter-protesters, including Malaika Elias, stood in front of the Westboro participants in an attempt to block them from street view.

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The Third Time’s A Charm?

LOS ANGELES | April 14, 2011

Metro MTA BusThe well-known expression "the Third Time’s a Charm" here in the United States may not hold true Thursday for a 73-year old Angeleno. A 73-year old male whose name is being withheld by authorities was involved in an accident in a cross-walk when a Route 217 Metro MTA bus with no passengers aboard was turning right from Apple Street and onto Washington Boulevard in the downtown area of Los Angeles near the Interstate 10 freeway, said Metro spokesman Luis Inzunza. Inzunza went on to say that while making this turn, the Route 217 Metro bus hit the 73-year old.

Unfortunately, the 73-year old was then hit a second time by a vehicle. Unlike the expression, or possibly like the expression "the Third Time’s A Charm," the 73-year old was then hit a third time by another vehicle, according to an LAPD spokeman.

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