SDCC 2010: Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Comic-Con

Published on July 18th, 2010

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Comic book fans have a history of getting into heated debates with each other but at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con we may get more than we bargained for.

On Thursday July 22 from 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM the Westboro Baptist Church will be at the convention to protest.  They say on their website that the reason behind their planned picket is that comic fans go beyond being enthusiasts and fall into “idolatry.”

The Westboro Baptist Church is located in Topeka, Kansas and is lead by anti-homosexual propagandist Fred Phelps.  The WBC preaches hate against homosexuals and believes that The United States of America is the enemy of God because of the nation’s acceptance of homosexuality.  They also preach antisemitism and question the true body count of the Holocaust.  The Church is also famous for holding protests at the funerals of American soldiers and homosexuals.

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The WBC posted this on their website as a reason for their upcoming protest at Comic-Con:

“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! Isaiah 2:8 Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made: 9 And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not. 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.”

We at Comic Impact approached the church for a comment in addition to their statement but they never returned out correspondence.

The best advice for people attending Comic-Con is to just give these people their space.  They have a first amendment right to protest so let them have their fun and don’t antagonize them.  Ultimately, what they really want is a confrontation so the best way to fight them is to ignore them.

The Westboro Baptist Church has a website where one can attain as much information about their organization as one would want, but the actual URL is in very bad taste and not appropriate for printing here.  If you would like to look them up just Google Westboro Baptist Church.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com