Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Assemblyman Dov Hikind gives the Phelps Klan
a piece of his mind
 Sorry to bother you with the filthy Westboro Baptist Church again, but here goes.

I'm backing Brooklyn Assembyman Dov Hikind (D) in the punch out with Shirley Phelps Roper as her family shouted anti-Jewish slurs outside a Jewish school in Brooklyn.  Hikind, the son of a Holocacust survivor, said, “There are anti-Semites in this world.  Do you ignore them or do you confront them?”
He continued, “You have haters coming into the heart of your community — I could not ignore that. You have to confront evil.”

A few days before the Topeka assholes arrived, Hikind releaded the followiong statement to Yeshiva World, 
"The Westboro Baptist Church is nothing more than a veiled neo-Nazi group spewing venom and bile indiscriminately. It is this kind of vitriol and loathing which led to the death of six million men, women, and children at the hands of Nazi Germany. In an open letter on their website to the “elect Jews,” this detestable group states that God hates Israel and that the Jews deserved the Holocaust. As a representative of the largest contingent of Holocaust survivors, and as a child of survivors, I cannot and will not stand idly by while these sick individuals disparage and vilify Jews, rehashing age-old anti-Semitic canards such as Jews killed Jesus. My family and I will be there this coming Monday to denounce this despicable and vile group.”
I also want to thank all those who slashed the tires of the church's vehicles.

The Phelps Klan was in town for it's regular "protest" at Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin on Coney Island Avenue, as well as Chabad of Kensington and Yeshiva Torah Teminah.

Personally, I think a rumble between the Chabadniks and the Phelps Klan would be fun to watch and ultimately my money would be on the Chabads.  They're in shape from all that singin and dancin and they can shout out to God/Hashem with the best of them.  As for Chabad's feelings about homosexuality, well they think it is against Jewish Law and all that, but wouldn't write those suffering from the "gay" out of the community.

Accoreding to Yeshiva World News (I don't cite them often) in anticipation of the arrival of the hate mongers from Top[eka, "...local residents handed out flyers regarding a “Nazi protest” which was being held outside Yeshiva Chaim Berlin, and Yeshiva Torah Temimah, and called for a counter demonstration."  

Yeshiva World News also wrote,  "it is totally unacceptable to permit such a group to stage a protest directly outside the windows of classrooms packed with children with the words “Your Rabbi is a ____”(obscenity not fit to publish on YWN). Why must children be forced to read such a hateful slur? Is this not a hate crime? If that statement was found graffitied onto a wall near a Yeshiva, the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit would probably investigate it as a Hate Crime. Why not now?"

Actually, that is a pretty good question.

As for Assemblyman Hikind, he isn't really all that much better than the Phelps family.  Here are just a few tidbits about the guy:

Hikind has urged the New York Police Department to implement a policy of racial profiling in subway bag searches, which would affect individuals who appear to come from Middle Eastern or Muslim backgrounds. Hikind defends this policy on the grounds that it would work far more effectively to combat terrorism than the current policy, instituted in 2004, which uses random bag searches. (Searches based on racial profiling have been called racist and demeaning by civil rights groups. The NYPD released a statement against Hikind's proposal of racial profiling for terrorists). He believes that the terrorist profile (that of Arab-American Muslims) should be targeted as it is the one currently engaged in terrorism in current world events.

Hikind was a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane's Jewish Defense League and knew Rabbi Kahane very well, and is active in right-wing Jewish causes.

After voting against a same-sex marriage bill in the New York State Assembly, Hikind noted that same-sex marriage can lead to the acceptance of incest, maintaining that, "If we authorize gay marriage in the state of New York, those who want to live and love incestuously will be five steps closer to achieving their goals as well."

Hikind voiced support for five Jewish teenagers who were charged with hate crimes for allegedly beating a Muslim man while shouting racial slurs at him. Hikind insisted that it was actually the victim who provoked the teenagers.

Hikind came under fire for voicing his support of banning non-Jewish victims from being mentioned in a Holocaust memorial being built in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn

The following is from the Gothamist.

Assemblyman Tried To Punch Westboro Hate Mongers

Assemblyman Hikind lunges at Phelps-Roper (WPIX)
Yesterday the Westboro Baptist Church, the group thatregularly protests at funerals of those who served in the military (prompting the father of a slain soldier to sue the church's pastor), had a few of its protesters in Brooklyn and Manhattan yesterday to spread its provocative gospel of "God Hates Fags," "Thank God For 9/11," and "Your Rabbi Is A Whore." At one location in Brooklyn, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D) was so incensed he tried to punch out Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of the church's founder Fred Phelps. According to WPIX:
Hikind interrupted an interview Phelps-Roper was doing with PIX 11 News to slap the posters, saying "Come on!" Phelps-Roper shouted, "Don't touch me! Don't touch me!" while police supervisors grabbed the Assemblyman by the waist. "How dare you have those signs!" Hikind yelled. He then warned the Kansas group, "Just be careful the rest of your day in Brooklyn."

Hikind also called Phelps-Roper a "whore" (you can see video below). Yeshiva World News reports that the Westboro protesters' minivan's tires were slashed: "They were seen a short while later getting their flat fixed at a local tire-repair shop. 'The only thing I’m sad about, is that all four of their tires weren’t slashed', Dov Hikind told YWN."

When the protesters arrived in Manhattan, one of the counterprotest signs they were were confronted with was "God Hates Signs."

NOTE: Ironically, Chabad is obvoulsy not pushing the famous "gay agenda."  Their position is,, "Jewish law unconditionally prohibits the homosexual act. Just as the heterosexual act is prohibited outside of marriage, regardless of personal desires, attractions or inclinations, so the homosexual act is forbidden."  However, unlike the Phelps Klan they aren't out to burn gays.  When asked if gays and lesbians fit into the Jewish community, the Chabad reply is, "A Jew belongs within a Jewish community. There are no application forms and no qualification requirements. He's Jewish—that's where he belongs. Period. We all have our challenges, our shortcomings, our feelings...and our failures in battle as well...and with all that, we are a community of Jews."

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