Saturday, August 1, 2009

Westboro Baptists Will Protest Don Rickles and Jews (Updated w/Schedule)

UPDATED: Slideshow of Westboro Baptist Church Protest Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church will demonstrate against Jews, comedian Don Rickles and homosexuals when they descend on Chicago on Monday, August 3, 2009. They will "protest" at six different venues, including five Jewish synagogues, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and a Don Rickles performance at the Auditorium Theater. Chicago News Bench broke this story on July 31 (at 3:11 pm). They will begin their hate-filled day at Emanuel Congregation at 5959 N. Sheridan Road at 11:15 am on Monday, August 3. (SEE COMPLETE SCHEDULE BELOW) That's in Chicago's 48th Ward, presided over by Alderman Mary Ann Smith. On July 31, Smith sent an email blast to residents. "Westboro is the group that pickets thefunerals of service personnel killed in action," Smith said, "They say these deaths are 'proof that God hates America because we tolerate 'fags'. They also achieved 'fame' for picketing Matthew Shephard's funeral and insisting that he's burning in hell." (See Ald. Smith's full email...) Lake Effect News reports the following: According to Westboro’s web site,, members will be visiting Chicago on Monday [August 3] for a full day of picketing at Jewish synagogues and Jewish institutions “protesting the existence of Jews.” The group also plans to picket an evening performance by Don Rickles at the Auditorium Theatre. Rickles, who is Jewish, is the featured star of a benefit for the Jewish United Fund/Israel Emergency Fund. Full Story at LEN (9:24 pm, July 31)... Below is a complete schedule for their Chicago adventure, provided by the Westboro Baptist Church itself: 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Emmanuel Congregation 5959 N Sheridan Rd 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM Anshe Emet Synagogue 3751 N Broadway 12:45 PM - 1:15 PM Temple Sholom of Chicago 3480 N Lake Shore Drive 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Chicago Sinai Congregation & Central 15 W Delaware 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Democratic National Committee N. Michigan Avenue and E. Wacker Drive 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Auditorium Theatre - Don Rickles show 50 E. Congress Parkway RELATED: Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Alderman Mary Ann Smith, 48th Ward Chicago Video: Westboro Baptist neutralized by the Patriot Guard Riders Video: A Day in the Life of the Westboro Baptist Church Leave a Comment... See Our Online Store Chicago News Bench RSS Feed We're on Twitter...