U.S. Army Spc Benjamin Moore, a Bordentown native, was killed in Afghanistan, and his funeral is this Saturday atTrinity United Methodist Church. The mayor of Bordentown has issued a proclamation honoring the fallen soldier. At least 150 people including VFW members, the soldier’s fellow firefighters, a group called Compassionate Friends, and retirees from the New Jersey State Police plan a counter demonstration. Like the citizens of Tucson, they have an action plan. They will offer a human fence to protect friends and family, and a group called Angels will dress up in outfits with large wings to hide the protesters. (Above, a picture of an Angel group in Tucson).
Reverend Tom Miller, the pastor at Trinity, says everyone who wants to be supportive is welcome. There are parking concerns, so a lot has been set up on Route 130 south at a former Acme Market, where there will be shuttles to take people into town. As of Wednesday evening, according to the Facebook page of “Angels for Ben,” supporters are invited to meet at this parking lot at 6 a.m. to be shuttled into town by 7:30 a.m. The viewing begins at 9 a.m. at the church. In contrast to the expected behavior of the Westboro contingent, the counter demonstration is to be peaceful and nonconfrontational.
Says Bordentown: Not in our town, will we allow hate to prevail.
(This post was taken from Princeton Comment)