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Colorado Springs' favorite crazy protesters, Westboro Baptist Church and leader Fred Phelps, may have met their match in San Diego on Thursday.
The Westboro folks were at the 2010 Comic-Con International, which ended last night, to fight ... well, let's let their press release tell it:
"Comic Con is an excuse for whores to wear skimpy get-ups (as if they don't already) without censure & for emulating rebels to compare costumes. Yikes. Put away your action figures & get about the business of serving your God. ... You idolaters have far too much time on your hands! Get on with some sober obeying; the time is short. ... YOU'RE GOING TO HELL."
They were met by some of the most rabid of costumers, comic-book fans. The counter-protesters came geeked-out in superhero and other such regalia, with satirical signs that exclaimed lines like: "Superman died for my sins" and "God loves gay Robin." Their chanting cried out to the heavens:
"What do we want?"
"When do we want it?"
Comics Alliance reported on the events with photos and video here.
And in case you were wondering, Westboro's upcoming protests include Justin Bieber's July 28 concert at the Sprint Center in Kansas City ("Justin 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!") and Lady Gaga's concert at the same venue on Aug. 3 ("WBC to picket simple slut Lady Gaga at the Sprint Center with a simple message for her young victims: GAGA HATES YOU!")