Bright & Early: Haters Gonna Hate Edition

Good morning, Nashville. Yesterday’s protests by members of Westboro Baptist Church were cut short when counter-protestors showed up by the thousands to shout them down. At each of their early stops – the Islamic Center of Nashville and the Gordon Jewish Community Center – they were met by counter-protestors and, at the Islamic Center, even had their tires slashed, but the real masses came out to Marine Sgt. Kevin Balduf’s funeral in the afternoon. Over 2,000 people waving American flags and revving motorcycle engines drowned out the three members of Westboro Baptist Church, who protested for about 10 minutes before being escorted to their vehicle by police.

Photo by Jeni Richard.