Orlando, FL – As funerals for the victims of the Orlando massacre began on Thursday and the grim finality of the tragic event began to set in, Westboro Baptist Church, a Christian fundamentalist hate group, promised to protest the funerals of those killed at the Pulse nightclub.

Westboro protestors subsequently attempted to follow thorough on their pledge to disrupt the vigils, but found the streets lined with hundreds people ready to rebuke their extremist message of hate.

In a touching display of humanity, citizens came together in Orlando with a unified strength, dubbed a “human chain of love,” as hundreds of people lined the streets to ensure that the Christian extremists could not disrupt the funeral services.

Following in the footsteps of from the bikers that blocked Westboro at the funerals of Sandy Hook victims and those killed in the Oklahoma tornado in 2013, the people of Orlando came together to reject hate and embrace love.

Additionally, bikers stood at the ready to use their “inline 4’s and V-twin” engines to drown out any Westboro haters at the families request.

Thankfully, family and friends were able to mourn the loss of loved ones without having to face the additional stress of having hate filled rhetoric spewed at them during this time of extreme grief thanks to these amazing people.

In times of heightened extremism and devastating tragedy, it’s heartening to see so many people of differing cultural, ethnic, racial and sexual backgrounds come together to stand in defense of vulnerable people mourning the loss of loved ones. With so much war, death and destruction taking place everyday, it does the heart good to see humans occasionally treating one another with compassion and love.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

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