Thursday, June 11, 2009

Protesters Seek to Ban Gays from Holocaust Memorial

BROOKLYN, NY- Protesters gathered on Sunday at the Holocaust Memorial Park, condemning a plan to add stones commemorating gays, gypsies, Jehovah's Witnesses, the disabled, and political prisoners who died in Nazi death camps. The move to block the new markers is led by State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who claims that recognizing non-Jewish victims "dilutes" the meaning of the memorial.

"Hikind is right," says Jon Flatow, one of the protesters. "The only way to honor the victims of the greatest act of racial hatred in history is to keep this memorial 100% racially pure."

Sam Fried, another protester concurs. "We can never again allow an entire class of people to be vilified," adding "unless they're gay. Or gypsies. And if you're a gay gypsy, forget it."

The protest left many members of the knee-jerk liberal community feeling conflicted. "I always side with both gays and Jews," says Rick Wilson, an NYU senior, "so I don't know what to do here. And as for gypsies, I saw Drag Me to Hell this weekend so there's no way I'm going to mess with them."

A compromise plan has been offered, in which the gay and gypsy stones would be commissioned, but would be relocated to a special containment area.

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