A small group of members of the fringe Westboro Baptist Church held a protest in front of Chabad Lubavitch of Kensington when things turned ugly.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind, known for his support of Jewish causes in Brooklyn and even throughout the world, was participating in a counter protest in support of the Brooklyn synagogue and against the beliefs of the Westboro group, when he lost control.
Suddenly Hikind ran from his protest and approached the small fence which was holding in the Westboro protestors.
Hikind screamed at Westboro member Shirley Phelps, “You’re a whore! Just be careful the rest of your day in Brooklyn.”
Hikind was pulled away by the police, but was not arrested.
The assemblyman explained that he was infuriated by one particular sign that Phelps was holding which read, “Thank God for dead soldiers” a reference to the group’s belief that God punishes America’s tolerance for gay people by allowing US soldiers to die.
"It was an emotional moment," Hikind said. "I just wanted to take that sign from her. They're a despicable group."