The hate group that masquerades as a house of worship, Westboro Baptist Church and their leader Fred Phelps, have found a new targets - tween star Justin Bieber and the sci-fi convention, Comic-Con. The WBC are known to picket the funerals of U.S. soldiers who have died in Afghanistan, where the the ignorance of their so-called church is put on display.
WBC vs. Comic-Con
According to the Gay & Lesbian Times, when some attendees of Comic-Con heard that WBC would be holding a protest, they decided to hold a protest of their own. Science fiction fans are a formidable bunch when they come together. Countering WBC's slogan "God Hates America", protesters from the other side had slogans of their own, putting a new twist on sci-fi favorites, such as, "God Hates Slurm","God Hates Jedi" and â€œThe Cylons destroyed the 12 colonies for your sins." Nerdy humor to counter the hateful group on the other side of the street.
So what does WBC have against a harmless event like Comic-Con? They say that â€œYou idolaters [Comic Con attendees] have far too much time on your hands! ...Put away your action figures & get about the business of serving your God." Talk about too much time on your hands. The WBC should do something productive in society instead of spreading fear and hatred.
WBC vs. Justin Bieber
WBC also picketed outside a Justin Bieber concert in Kansas City this weekend, putting a damper on Bieber Fever. They said Bieber "has a platform given to him by God to speak to this world; he has a duty to teach obedience by his actions and words. He refuses to do that because he knows his concert halls would be empty! So, he teaches you to sin and rebel against God's commandments." Well, the kid is an entertainer - and only 16. Putting the burden of "saving" children everywhere on Bieber is ridiculous. He seems pretty clean cut and he does identify himself as a Christian, but apparently that isn't good enough for Fred Phelps and the WBC.
Parents reaction to WBC at Bieber's concert
According to KCTV in Kansas City, parents who encountered the protesters outside the venue were understandably upset having their children exposed to hate speech displayed by the WBC. A mother of a concertgoer said, "He's here to entertain the public, I guess just like she's[WBC protester] here to entertain the public. He has not done anything wrong."
A fan at Comic-Con dressed as Buddy Jesus from Kevin Smith's film Dogma, may have said it best, "Fred's got issues."
Watch KCTV's coverage of the protest here
Comic Alliance's The protest against WBC at Comic-Con