Monday, July 12, 2010

Haters challenge Comic-Con as Devil Worshippers

Ed here: Someday somebody's going to take these maggots down. They're going to ruin one too many funerals of a young dead soldier and then THEY'll know what hell is really all about. (This is from Comic Book News)

Westboro Baptist Church

• Rich Johnston catches word that Westboro Baptist Church, the small but vocal anti-gay extremist group best known for picketing funerals and Jewish institutions, will protest Comic-Con on Thursday -- if only briefly. The Kansas-based congregation, which is headed by Fred Phelps, is in San Diego to oppose the appearance by former Vice President Al Gore at the 2010 AHA Health Forum Leadership Summit. However, members are squeezing in time from 1:15 to 2 p.m. to take a run at nerds, who "have turned comic bookcharacters into idols, and worship them."

"The destruction of this nation is imminent," the group's website reads, "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..


Richard S. Wheeler said...

The thing is, the comics I knew as a boy were intensely moral and ethical, with clearly defined good and evil characters. Captain Marvel, et al, waged war on cruel and unscrupulous villains.

I sometimes wonder whether these protesters are paid to make a fuss about something. This should sell a lot of comic books. Maybe I should hire them to denounce my novels.

Ed Gorman said...

Great idea Richard. But I'd never shake hands with them. It'd be like handling feces.

Richard S. Wheeler said...

I have a long-running series, Skye's West, about a mountain man with two wives. They live cozily in one small lodge. Now, if I were to hire these people to howl about bigamy... they might turn my series into a big winner. But yes, it's a Faustian bargain.

Ronald Tierney said...

When the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association held its annual conference in New Orleans, this group showed up. They set up signs on the traffic median on a busy street in front of the conference hotel. No one in New Orleans paid any attention to them. No one honked in agreement with their hateful signs and no one bothered to argue with them. They looked a little forlorn. What they really want is more publicity or even better for them someone to assault them so they can sue. Even the most devout of Christian fundamentalists won't have anything to do with them — not that that is an endorsement.