Last Friday night, Buckman and I, with his friend Elliot, went to Dor Hadash synagogue, to counter protest the protest of Westboro Baptist Church.
It was a very surreal experience. A friend said he thought I was brave, but I actually think it was the WBC protesters who are brave. According to their signs, they believe that “Rabbis Rape Kids,” and “You (meaning us) Will Eat Babies.” And yet, THEY BROUGHT THEIR OWN CHILDREN.
I think that’s brave. I looked down at a beautiful little blond girl of about six, wearing a shirt that says, “God hates Fags” and holding a sign that reads, “Thank God for IEDs,” and said to her “Don’t worry sweetie. I’m a vegetarian.”
The kind folks at Dor Hadash invited us to join them after the protest. And lawdy, can they put out a good spread. I began to seriously consider joining.
The service was lovely, and afterwards, the Rabbi invited us back today for a get together. She promised us homemade schnapps and a pinata, at which point my jaw just dropped. It’s like they invented a religion just for me.