By JUSTIN KENDALL
Pirates spread the message that "God Hates Shrimp."
The pirates of Little Rock stole Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church's thunder last Friday. The Topeka church was protesting the National Conference of Editorial Writers because they are "responsible for the satanic milieu in this evil land" and for assisting the "satanic agendas" of "baby-killers and fags."
But in a fortuitous twist, the protest happened to fall on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
The Arkansas Times gave this account:
Yep, the cuckoo Phelps hate group walked the plank this morning after a happy bunch dressed like pirates and holding signs saying "God hates shrimp -- Leviticus" and "God hates cotton-polyester blends" stood opposite them at the corner of Markham and Scott streets. The group, made up of Central Arkansas Pastafarians, waved swords and growled "Arrghh!" in a manner that would have made Abbie Hoffman proud.
"They didn't know what to do," a pirate named Boatswain (aka Gerry Schulze) tells The Pitch. "We decided that the best way to handle them was ridicule. They had not earned our hatred, only our ridicule and perhaps our contempt."
"I had a blast that day," says Pasta Pontius Pirate (aka LeeWood Thomas.
Pirate 1, Phelps family 0.
Thanks to Boatswain for the photos.