Protest of Comic-Con
With the San Diego Comic-Con only a few days away, the WBC plan to protest the convention for its gathering of "lost souls" and "idol worship."
"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."
Members of the church intend on staging a 45-minute protest during one days of the convention in order to get everyone back on the right track.
Still waiting on how exactly the geeks will retaliate, but here's an early (Ranker) example of what has been done so far:
ALL HAIL The Top 10 Comic Book Gods Worth Worshipping!
Kevin Smith and "Red State"
No shockers here: Kevin Smith likes to stir up controversy. When Smith's movie Dogma premiered in 1999, myriad protesters assembled to shout claims of blasphemy pertaining to the film's take and treatment of religion and spirituality. When Smith started touring with horror film Red State (based on the Phelps clan who helms the Westboro Baptist Church) as part of a strategic grass-roots marketing campaign in 2011, he planned a stop in Kansas City's Midland Theater that would be protested by members of the Westboro Baptist Church and attended by Megan and Jael Phelps, two of WBC head honcho Fred Phelps' granddaughters. Smith likened the prospect of having the outspoken members of the church in attendance to "watching Star Wars with Darth Vader right there in the audience!"
After a pre-movie protest, the younger Phelps committed themselves to an entire 15 minutes of the movie before exiting the theater with parting comments that what they had seen was "filth". Though Smith didn't get the "fire-and-brimstonerific laugh riot" he had hoped would ensue when the Phelps clan joined him for a Q&A after the screening, he did offer this thought via his twitter account: "HOLY SHIT! I was just given a parting gift from @MeganPhelps! SHE JUST LEFT WITH HER ENTIRE FAMILY! RED STATE DISGUSTS THE PHELPS!!!".
Swedish Vacuum Cleaners
Not that anything the WBC does makes much sense, but the group protested an appliance store near their home base in Topeka, KS for selling Swedish-made vacuum cleaners. The reason behind the protest is that a pastor in Sweden was arrested and sentenced (though later acquitted) for preaching in a sermon that "a person cannot be a Christian and a homosexual at the same time".SO many questions about this protest such as:- Why not an IKEA? Does the WBC like meatballs too much to incur a ban?- Why not an ABBA concert? Dancing "Queen" sure could be construed as homosexual.- Why vacuum cleaners?? Best answer: because they suck.Point is, these people protested a harmless, household cleaning aid.
Newtown Shooting Victims' Funerals
While funerals already has its own section, this one is worth noting for the role hacktivists Anonymous took in the thwarting of Westboro Baptist Church's protest of principal Dawn Hochsprung's funeral. After WBC announced they would picket the funeral to "sing praise to God for the glory of his work in executing his judgment", Anonymous tweeted the location of the hotel the group was staying at in Newtown as well as promoting the #OccupyNewtown movement to urge individuals to mobilize and block the WBC protest efforts. Good Samaritans showed up en masse and blockaded the streets leading to the church the funeral was being held at with motorcycles, preventing the group from getting anywhere near the service.
For more of the awesome events Anonymous has orchestrated, check out the operations that will make you love Anonymous.
L The List