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AsahinaKimi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:00 PM
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Kansas bigotry falls flat at Brooklyn synagogues
Edited on Mon Sep-28-09 08:01 PM by AsahinaKimi
Source: The Brooklyn Paper



A handful of hateful Midwesterners brought their anti-Semitic and anti-gay message to two Brownstone Brooklyn synagogues on Saturday where they were met with anger, condemnation, and some old-fashioned chutzpah.

Though the events remained peaceful, members of the Westboro Baptist Church a Kansas-based religious sect that regularly protests against Jews, gays, President Obama, fallen soldiers and just about everything else that Brooklynites know and love tried as hard as they could to provoke passersby when they gathered in front Congregation Beth Elohim on Eighth Avenue in Park Slope and the Kane Street Synagogue in Cobble Hill in the midst of the Jewish high holy days.


Read more: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/32/39/32_39_bm_wes...



So they protested Islam, now those of the Jewish faith, and I guess Buddhists will be next?
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virgogal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:02 PM
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1. They are doiing what haters do best. Hate.
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:03 PM
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2. Maybe they aren't getting enough attention with their regular old protests.
:eyes:
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rd_kent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:05 PM
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3. I applaud their consistency.
Equal opportunity haters...they hate everyone!
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Danmel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:07 PM
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4. A good friend of ours is a member of the Kane Street Synagogue
It is a lovely old building with an educated progressive congregation. The Westboro freaks also turned up on Long Island. You really have to wonder about how people end up so twisted and hateful that they make this type of activity the focal point of their lives.
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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:11 PM
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5. From a Rare Kansas Liberal/Democrat...


I have one of these on a sticker board in my living room.
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Tim01 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 01:38 AM
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19. I'm from Kansas originally. You are spot on. nt
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PJPhreak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 02:23 AM
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22. Thanks! I have to go to Aggieville (Manhattan) in the morning...
Gawd,how i can't stand drunk Aggies!!!!! Arrrrrrrrggggggggg!
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 01:56 PM
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40. Me too
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question everything Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:34 PM
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6. Wonder where Podhoretz was
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

and what his reaction would be. Would he condemn them or embrace them or... just try to weasel out?
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marybourg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:51 PM
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7. They were here in Phoenix a few weeks ago where
the congregation had been coached to completely ignore them, which they did. The monsters packed up their hate and left.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 07:06 AM
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26. Where do they get the money from to do so much traveling?
Somebody must be bankrolling them.
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:07 PM
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35. I was wondering the same thing. They certainly seem to
be all over the place w/ no visible means of support. I attended a rally, here in SoCal, when the opinion was published on Prop H8. There were some opposition demonstrators there w/ unrelated but incredibly hateful posters and huge signs. I wondered then if they were phelps disciples.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 01:45 PM
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39. I think the Scaife wing of the GOP is funding Phelps
Phelps serves the same function for the rest of the GOP (yes, I know he claims to be a Democrat but like the crazy uncle in the basement do YOU claim Fred Phelps?) as, say, Operation Rescue does for the not-so-rabid anti-abortion groups: he's so batshit crazy he makes the rest of them look rational. To keep Phelps going requires lots of liquid capital, which Richard Mellon Scaife has in abundance.
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 01:58 PM
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41. They are attorneys and live off of legal settlements
They file lawsuits constantly. Several of them have been disbarred for filing too many frivolous lawsuits.
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sfwriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 08:53 PM
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8. I wish someone would protest them...
I mean seriously, lets show up at their church.
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mysuzuki2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:00 PM
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9. they're never there
they are always somewhere else, showing the world how evil and twisted they are.
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Metta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:22 PM
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10. These people from Westboro are the anti-Christ.
They should count themselves lucky that they didn't run into anyone from the Jewish Defense League.
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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:27 PM
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11. They are busy little haters. One held a sign saying 'Jews killed Christ'
when they were here last week. Students held a counter protest, and one student held a sign that said "Jesus was a Jew."

Everybody hates the Phelps clan! They shot their wad when they decided to stage their protests at military funeral.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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intheflow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 04:37 PM
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45. I was at a protest at Focus on the Family some years back.
We were protesting their hate spews about gays. Phelps' group was protesting them for not being bigoted enough against gays. :crazy:
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:30 PM
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12. She has writing on her butt?
:eyes:
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:39 PM
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13. Apparently God hates Jews but is just fine with tasteless designer clothing.
Go figure. :shrug:
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BlueIdaho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 09:52 PM
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14. guess... so
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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 10:03 PM
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15. You mean tasteless pseudo-designer knockoff clothing
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 11:27 PM
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16. Yep!
Edited on Mon Sep-28-09 11:28 PM by juno jones
Made by child sweatshop slaves in china and sold in stores in America who underpay and underinsure their employees! Someone is getting the shaft somewhere, what's there not for a Phelps to like?

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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 01:44 AM
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20. maybe it should have said 'Gas' and not Guess
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:57 AM
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32. 'Guess' is the game you play.
Name that smell! Did I eat hot dogs or bagels with lox....GUESS!
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corpseratemedia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:29 AM
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28. !!!!
:thumbsup: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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Quasimodem Donating Member (259 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:33 AM
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18. Yes, Ceiling Cat -- I mean Hissyspit.
It says "Guess," so I presume that is her cerebral organ.
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Violet_Crumble Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-28-09 11:58 PM
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17. 'God hates cotton-polyester blends' is the best sign ever!
I think the most effective way to react to that bigoted and inbred Phelps clan is to make fun of them. It takes all the wind out of the sails of a group that's clearly trying to provoke people....
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Treo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 02:15 AM
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21. I take exception to your title
That's not Kansas bigotry that's Westboro Baptist Church Bigotry
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proud2BlibKansan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 02:01 PM
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42. My thoughts exactly
I don't know anyone like this and I live in Kansas.
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pepperbear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 03:26 AM
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23. are those Guess jeans she's wearing? n/t
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AlienGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 04:30 AM
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24. I think they are running a scam! Provoke, get a beat-down, and then SUE.
They are so deliberately over-the-top with everything that I think it is a deliberate attempt to provoke someone into reacting physically so that they can sue for damages.

Tucker
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 06:08 AM
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25. Oh, I don't have to *guess*. You're an idiot.
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The Stranger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 09:39 AM
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27. Despicable doesn't really quite get there with these extraordinary bigots, does it?
Un-fucking-believable.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:30 AM
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29. self delete
Edited on Tue Sep-29-09 11:31 AM by closeupready
not letting them control me. :)
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:30 AM
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30. Actually, their next stop is the Olive Garden
the high temple of Pastafarianism. RAMEN! :P
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juno jones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:00 PM
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33. They are blissfully unaware of his highess the FSM
They just want to protest breast-feeding moms there.

RAMEN! (PS I am a polytheist, there's room in my pantheon for everybody, and noodly appendages make me hot!)
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 11:33 AM
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31. fanatical haters
when you go out of your way, and invest that much time telling people you dislike them, you have some serious issues.

Hey right wing magots... you are fighting a losing battle, you know why? Because you are a sychophantic minority, a minority made up of only right wingers, usually white. We on the other hand are black, hispanic, white, asian, gay, straight, bi, religious, non-religious, left, middle, urban, suburban, national and international...

You don't even have a chance, even though we know how much money is being spent on your pathetic efforts to divide us all. The real American giant is waking, and that's a very good thing for America, but it isn't your friend.
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apnu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:07 PM
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34. The prick-a-tude of these people knows no bounds.
They're hating for Jesus.
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:20 PM
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36. These people spend so much time on the road hating. Do they bother going to church anymore?
When's the last time they sat down as a group, cracked open a Bible, and actually read and discussed it? :shrug:
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Dulcinea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:28 PM
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37. They're nothing but camera whores.
They go anywhere they think they'll get attention, like misbehaving little kids. Soldiers' funerals, synagogues, mosques...what's next, Catholic churches?
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brendan120678 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 12:47 PM
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38. Their hatred of Catholics is well-known.
They protested the Pope's visit a few years ago.
If you can stomach it, check out the website www (dot) priestsrapeboys (dot) com.

It's a vile and disgusting website though, and doesn't really deserve any traffic.
I won't even acknowledge them with a working link.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 02:22 PM
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43. Itt would be so frustrating when Hate of that level
comes to your town. I'd want to have a sign that says what I think of it but ignorant haters crave attention so what would I do?

"If you look at their Web site, they are equal opportunity haters, he said. They are living inside some kind a time warp in which they feel they have the legitimacy to speak on an ancient Biblical notion of what God wanted or, more precisely, what ancient people thought God wanted from humanity."
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Dorian Gray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-29-09 03:22 PM
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44. Damn
Congregation Beth Elohim is only a few blocks from me. I wish I'd have known this was going on. I would have walked over there and protested the protest. The WBC is disgusting.

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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 09:13 AM
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46. This is Wesboro Baptist Phelps Family Bigotry, not "Kansas Bigotry"
I know lots of people from Kansas who are repulsed by the Phelps Family "Church". Not fair to tar Kansas with the Phelps abomination. They could just as well be from Iowa or Pennsylvania.
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MellowDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-30-09 02:03 PM
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47. I like how the paper...
uses such broad terms as "Kansas bigotry" and "hateful Midwesterners". I guess the next time a hate crime happens in Brooklyn, we should all condemn the handful of hateful Brooklyners.
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