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The Westboro Baptist Church’s planned protest at Comic-Con on July 22 was overridden by a rally against hate and intolerance. (For a background story on the church’s plans, click here.)

At noon in front of the Manchester Grand Hyatt, a small Westboro group had set up “hate” signs on a corner to protest the presence of Al Gore, who is in town for a hospital-association meeting. Because Gore reportedly had switched hotels and wasn't there, the Westboro "Al Gore is a whore" protest fizzled fast.

The Westboro bunch was soon on the move with their own police escort: they went up the street and regrouped across from the convention center’s Comic-Con entrance. Counter-protestors were not far behind, and soon the few of us who had started down at the Hyatt had rallied a substantial group against racism and intolerance. People grabbed at cardboard boxes and took out Sharpies to fashion their own crude-but-effective signs.

Soon, we counter-protestors were shouting to drown out the Westboro hate-mongers. I found a man in a white robe that seemed to be dressed as God. I asked him if he would like to accompany me across the street because I held a large sign that read "God loves everybody." He agreed, and we made a winning team along the street curb of West Harbor Drive.

Soon, out-signed and out-shouted, the Topeka Baptists gathered their signs and American flags and went away quietly.

This gentleman is not a fan of the Westboro Baptist Church protesters at Comic-Con.

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Trakball July 23, 2010 @ 9:49 a.m.

Totally awesome. Makes me proud to be a nerd!

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David Dodd July 23, 2010 @ 9:50 a.m.

There was someone nearby conveniently dressed as God? How fortunate. And pretty much a guarantee that you won't get a jaywalking ticket crossing the boulevard.

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Trakball July 23, 2010 @ 10 a.m.

Actually it was someone dressed up as Dogma's "Buddy Christ", but hey, close enough!

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David Dodd July 23, 2010 @ 10:06 a.m.

Wow, Jesus, that's a bonus! If it was God, then you know, the only thing you have to go on so far as positive I.D. is the monogram on the white robe. With Jesus, there's instant recognition.

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jmtrudeau July 23, 2010 @ 5:01 p.m.

Awesome, these nut bags need to be counter-protested everywhere they go. Superheroes 1, Cult 0

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nan shartel July 23, 2010 @ 8:27 p.m.

i'm so friggin proud of SandyEggo on this one...yippee!!!

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MsGrant July 24, 2010 @ 8:48 a.m.

This story went national. Saw it on Salon.com. God loves San Diego!!

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