I wanted so badly to go to Comic Con this year for the many, many geektastic panels (Avengers, True Blood, Scott Pilgrim, Green Lantern … sigh). But when I found out that my nerdy brothers and sisters counter-protested the Westboro Baptist church in a spectacular display of creativity and humor, my disappointment in not attending grew exponentially.
You’ve probably heard of the nutcases at Westboro before. They’re the same church that protested Constance McMillen’s graduation and are often seen carrying signs reading things like, “God hates fags” or “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” or “God Hates America.” The real feel-good small town church messages. About community and whatnot.
The church’s website proudly proclaims that it is the:
“Site of anti-homosexual propagandist Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas.”
So, we get it — they hate the gays. But while I’m sure there were homosexuals at Comic Con as, indeed, there are homosexuals just about everywhere, one might be a little confused about why an anti-homosexual baptist church from Kansas planed, trained or automobiled all the way out to San Diego to picket a comic book convention.
If you think the answer is probably crazy, well my goodness — you’re correct! Dennis Rayburn from Airlock Alpha explains:
According to a statement from them posted on the Internet, “Are you kidding?! If these people would spend even some of the energy that they spend on these comic books, reading the Bible, well no high hopes here.They have turned comic book characters into idols, and worship them they do!” After a quotation from the Book of Isaiah, the statement continues, “It is time to put away the silly vanities and turn to God like you mean it. The destruction of this nation is imminent – so start calling on Batman and Superman now, see if they can pull you from the mess that you have created with all your silly idolatry.”
But those idol-worshipping sinners with their …