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God Hates Nerds…

I guess it really was the meek who shall inherit the earth, for it seems that some people definitely don’t want to be the geek. All joking aside, this is the kind of story which really scares me, as religious protestors have decided to turn their own particularly vitriolic brand of hatred towards that wonderful geek love-in that is San Deigo Comic Con.

Superman died for our sins...

Just to understand where I’m coming from, I’m Irish – which makes me almost Catholic by default. I was raised in it, I was schooled in it, I grew up in it. I embrace the belief system a little, but I’m really mostly lapsed – although I don’t consider myself “religious”. Indeed, I eschew a whole host of the core beliefs (most of the ones based on hating other people because they’re different, for example), taking most of the value from the humanist teachings that are packaged with the doctrine. I’m certainly not a conventional Catholic, but I do have a little amount of faith. So, this isn’t some Richard-Dawkins-esque anti-religious rant (and believe me, I can find militant atheists just as irritating – believe whatever you want, but if you can be described as a “militant” anything you’ve probably gone too far), but this stuff scares me to death:

The group announced that it would be picketing the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, July 22, accusing the widely-anticipated gathering of geekdom of idolatry:

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.

Yes, apparently he does...

The “are you kidding?” is a nice touch, because we’d be forgiven for thinking this particular brand of zealot was just staging some sort post-modern parody of the extremist that defines the “religious right”. Looks liek somebody finally clued them into the whole “Superman as Jesus Christ” metaphor running through Donner’s Superman, not thirty years later. And they are ticked. God forbid that they ever find out that Superman might be Jewish (not literally, though).

I suppose I should be a bit relieved that – while they’re doing this – they aren’t targetting funerals or engaging in the other tasteless activities that they seem fond of, but this is the type of hate-filled speech that I just find impossible to stand. I’m kinda wondering why comic books get targetted in this attack? Surely sports fans are just as guilty of forms of idolatry – wearing the colours of their team, worshipping the players, mesmerising stats? Not that any of this could be justified in any context, but I get the sense that the Westboro Baptist Church haven’t even had the decency to put any thought into their petty, ridiculous protest.

Although I probably shouldn’t be surprised.

Maybe God does hate nerds. After all, why else would he send a bunch of ignorant, hate-filled bigots to interrupt the relatively non-intrusive Comic Con?

7 Responses

  1. Because religion ruins everything fun?

    • In fairness, the religious figures in my own life were always a lot more open to entertainment (when I lived in Sligo you could tell if there was a GAA match on because the priest would get through Sunday mass in twenty minutes or less).

  2. I think god is a nerd. and I think nerds are awesome. I think with a little bit of confidence and they would no longer be nerds. But I like nerds girls that like stuff like the legend of zelda and are really cute.


  3. Religious extremism is definitely up there as one of the most serious threat to society. People think of Muslim extremism but extremists of all religions are just as dangerous.

  4. This was too good. I need to find a slideshow of those anti-protest signs. Those Westboro nuts are on their way out.

    • Yep. I like the nerdy reponses. “Superman died for our sins!” Somebody seems to be just beggin’ for an extremist firebombing. As funny as it is, I’m not sure I’d be brave enough to provoke them.

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