At 2:22 this afternoon, we turned west on Northaven Road off the N. Central service road headed toward the Jewish Community Center. In the distance, police lights and a traffic snarl -- must be quite the accident ahead, said the missus. Only, no: The boy, in the backseat and on his way to basketball, wondered why oh why Dad are there people parading up and down Northaven dressed in Israeli flags and "Jews Killed Jesus Dot Com" sweatshirts carrying signs that read, "God Hates Jews" and "Israel Is Doomed" and "Bloody Obama," among the highlights. Ah, yes -- the handiwork of Fred Phelps and his extended God Hates Fags" family, Westboro Baptist Church-goers on their neverending hate parade.
Photographer Charles Ford was out there -- see for yourself. There were about half a dozen of them -- kids too. Dallas police officers had their posse outnumbered. Across the street were counter-protesters who'd gotten wind over the Web of the WBC Dallas tour. A cop told them later how much he loved their signs, especially the ones that read, "I Like Pie" and "Derp." (Still not as funny as the San Francisco offerings "I Have a Sign" and "God Hates Retweets.") He told them: "You guys were a pleasure to protect."
"Someone shot us the finger," said one counter-demonstrator to the officer. To which the man in blue responded, "They were probably confused."
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I spoke with the police. They said DPD had officers assigned to protect the Westboro protesters during their two-day visit, which began Sunday morning at Potter's House and includes stops tomorrow at North Dallas and Skyline High Schools and The Texas Jewish Post; you've been warned. One of the DPD officers said they were headed next to the American Airlines Center. Turns out, God Hates Hockey too. (Too low-scoring?) And Dirk Nowitzki.
Which is when I called Patrick Michels, who called Gloria Levario, who sent back this picture. And why did WBC pick the AAC? Because ...
WBC will picket your stupid, cold (you will truly pray for these days of being in the cold hockey games when you burn in hell for eternity) violent, time-wasting hockey game - your SPORT. You know there will be only a few more of these entertainment events before God lets Obama simply destroy this nation. God does not have anything good to say about your sport(s).
Incidentally Phoenix beat Dallas, 4-2. Which is weird, because "God Hates Arizona." But will her performance Sunday night at the Grammys make Him reconsider Lady Gaga?