Guess who's pissing off über-hater Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church now (besides gays, soldiers, politicians, Americans, the French, or any of the other regulars on their crazy laundry list)? Nerds -- specifically the nerds at the San Diego Comic-Con, the massive annual gathering of comic book fans and collectors. Why, you may ask? For having "false idols" like Superman and Batman.
Here's Westboro's "reasoning," via their creepy, crazy 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 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.
Just when you think they can't get any more insane than picketing the funerals of hate crimes victims and soldiers killed in battle, the Phelps clan sinks to a whole new level of crazy.
Personally, I think the more we see of Westboro and their extremism, the better. It shows the true, unhinged face of people who oppose equality and want to impose their radical beliefs on an entire nation.
Take a good look, America. And hug your local nerd in solidarity.