The protest at Vermont Yankee yesterday was advertised ahead of time as going to have 1500 people and 300 arrests. To me, it looks like there were about 200 people, though the Brattleboro Reformer said there were 300. Forty were arrested. Here's a video of the protest.
I generally don't share opponent videos, but this one made me angry. The theme of the protest was a cow..MOOOve on, Entergy! That was the theme. The protestors simulated cow sounds with shofars. Some people blew shofars, while others chanted "Mooo." That's disgusting.
The blasts of the shofar are sacred in Jewish worship, and the sound has been sacred for thousands of years. Simulating a cow at a protest with a shofar--it's too much. There's cute, and there's nasty. This was nasty.
When the attendance is low, I guess they do what they can to make a stink.
This rally stunk.
Update: I appreciate Jeff Schmidt's comment below. The people perhaps did not mean to be sacrilegious and disrespectful. Perhaps they simply thought: "wow, these things make a cool sound like a bleating cow or something." In other words, what I thought was nasty might have been simply dumb and uninformed.
I am willing to accept that as a possible explanation, though I consider it unlikely. I mean, if you buy a shofar, someone probably tells you about it. You don't buy a shofar and wonder "what is this thing?"
At any rate, I thank Schmidt for his comment. Schmidt is also quite right that the low turnout is the important part of the story. However, if they hadn't been so disrespectful (or possibly dumb) about my religion, I wouldn't have blogged about their rally. Unfortunately, my blogging about it probably just teaches them to be more disrespectful about religion next time, to get more publicity.