MONSEY, N.Y., June 15 (UPI) -- Congregants at a synagogue in New York state thought it was funny when the fire alarm went off after someone burned an offensive newspaper in a trashcan.
Firefighters who responded to the call were less amused, especially when members of Congregation Anshe Sfard in Ramapo, N.Y., refused to leave the building, the Rockland (N.Y.) Journal News reported.
"They laughed when the fire chief ordered everyone out," Ramapo Detective Sgt. John Lynch told the newspaper.
The newspaper in question was Wednesday's New York Post with a picture of three women in bathing suits on its cover. A member of the congregation took the paper into the men's room and incinerated it.
"We're the ones getting out of bed at 11 o'clock at night to protect them," Scott Meier, assistant chief of the Tallman Volunteer Fire Department said, the Journal News reported. "What will it take for them to cooperate with us? Do we have to pull one of them out of a building dead one night?"
The congregation did leave the building when police showed up.