Pastor Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church, out of Topeka, Kansas, plan to picket San Diego Comic-Con on opening day, July 22, starting at 1:15 p.m.
The religious group has made headlines nationwide, picketing military funerals while holding signs such as, “Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and preaching that wartime casualties are God's punishment for a society that tolerates homosexuality.
Why Comic-Con? According to Westboro’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... 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.”
Westboro congregants and Phelps will be busy, as they also plan to hit the Manchester Grand Hyatt on Thursday to protest the “adulterous Al Gore,” who is scheduled to attend the American Hospital Association’s “2010 Health Forum Leadership Summit.” (As a comicsbeat.com writer opined, the event is the Grand Hyatt’s “best way to keep the comic-con freaks at bay.”)
Photo: Westboro Baptist Church protestor