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Get Your Signs Ready: Westboro Baptist Church to Bring Protests Back to Dallas Next Week

Speaking of planned protests ...

A Friend of Unfair Park sends word that the Westboro Baptist Church is making a return visit to Dallas next week -- including, yet again, a stop at the Jewish Community Center right around the time summer camp lets out a week from Friday, which shouldn't be disruptive at all. Also on the to-picket agenda: the Dallas Holocaust Museum in the West End, the Texas Jewish Post, the Yavneh Academy of Dallas, Congregation Beth El Binah (the LGBT synagogue), Chabad of Dallas and -- just to spread, ya know, the love -- the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Ross Avenue downtown, the Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Arlington and the Fielder Road Baptist Church, also in Arlington. (Wait -- why a Baptist church? "To remind these so-called Christians that by paying preachers to lie, they are incurring God's wrath." Oh.)

In recent weeks I see the WBC has added some new signs to its arsenal: "God Sent the Oil" and "Dio in Hell" chief among them. I understand myriad counter-protests are in the works. Last time in front of the JCC there were folks holding signs like, oh, "I Like Pie" and "Derp." Still, let's step it up, people.

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Robert Wilonsky
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