Westboro Baptist Church: 0, Comic-Con counterprotesters: 1
Why do the Westboro Baptist Church and the infamous Fred Phelps even bother?
The demonstrations by this Kansas-based group (who run a Web site called God Hates Fags) constantly backfire.
They've held protests across America, but their attempt to stage protests in Canada, such as at the Winnipeg funeral of Tim McLean (the man who was beheaded on a Greyhound bus by a stranger) and at a performance of The Laramie Project in Vancouver in 2008, were called off as counterprotesters took action.
Their latest shenanigan, staging a protest at Comic-Con 2010 last Thursday (July 22) in San Diego, wilted under the power and ingenuity of their opposition's greatest weapon: humour.
Counterprotesters showed up in costumes (including a man dressed up as Jesus) and carried with signs that read:
All glory to the Hypno-Toad
God hates Jedi
God hates kittens
Odin is God: Read The Mighty Thor #5
Is this thing on?
Have you seen my kids?
Kill all humans (sign held by a Futurama robot)
Magnets: How the ?*! do they work???