Fred Phelps and his homegrown church, the Westboro Baptist Church, are protesting again and this time, according Sci Fi Wire, they’re heading to San Diego for Comic-Con, the largest comic book convention in the country.
According to the release on WBC’s Website:
“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.”
The news has sparked some lively debate on the Sci Fi Wire Website.
You may recall that the WBC visited the offices of the Standard just a few months ago. Read about that incident here.
Etzion Neuer, head of New Jersey’s Anti-Defamation League office, explained some of the WBC’s motives in that article.
“It’s quite clear from Westboro Baptist Church – they don’t argue on this point – they simply seek publicity,” said Etzion Neuer, director of New Jersey’s ADL. “Counter-protests generate more media interest and give the church more opportunities to have their activities broadcast to the larger public.”