I’ve had a very bad year in 2014. If anything was going to brighten my mood, it would be the San Diego Comic Con. Beautiful city, warm, wonderful people.
Unfortunately, beauty and wonder attracts creepy predators who crave infecting people with ugly and ignorance. Not, you understand, comic book tales of ugly and ignorance. This group who apparently call themselves HolyBIBLE, are preaching ugly and ignorance for real. It is your life that will be destroyed for real unless You Do What They Tell You.
I have friends and family who are Christian. So I wish I could say that, just once in my life, I saw a group of self-described Christians gather in public to preach the good word to passerby. Have you seen the movie, Oh Brother Where Art Thou? Remember the sweetness of the river baptism scene? That kind of positive.
I wish I could say that, just once, I’d seen real Christians do that in public: that they honestly had something good and positive to say.
It’s an experience I have never had.
I’ve only ever known the unrelenting fear and condemnation propagated by religions. And that stretches from now to as far back into human history as you’d care to go.
Understand that these Christians will warmly tell anyone with a camera or microphone that “The Bible tells us to go out and preach the good news…”
and they’ll say it with passive-aggressive signs that look like this,
But I only saw two of those signs, they were the best the HolyBIBLE crowd had to offer. On the back of both of them was this “good news”,
Unrelenting death and fear. The HolyBIBLE crowd were delightedly bringing the ugly to San Diego.
And more good news,
and this good news,
Because nothing spreads the word like threats, fear, and blood. Without the Fire and Brimstone and bigotry and raving hate, Christianity as a whole might be no bigger than the Quakers or Unitarians.
By Friday and Saturday, the HolyBIBLE group inspired the counter-evangelists.
For most of the con, the HolyBIBLE crowd kept it to a minimum and were largely unobtrusive.
That is, until Sunday: Until the day of the San Diego Comic Con that is Family Day. The day when more children will be around than any other day of the con. That’s when the HolyBIBLE crowd pulled out all of the stops. That’s when they got on their bullhorns to insult the crowd, condemn their favorite whipping toy, homosexuality, and tell all of the people enjoying the beautiful weekend and their lives “You must be out of your minds!”
Naturally this brought all of the counter protestors toward them in confrontation, as well as the cops, who know violent mob instigating when they hear it.
Bible Thumpers feed off of the anger they create, as if it nourishes them. But what they hate, what sent them right over the freaking edge on Sunday, was all of the counter-protestors LAUGHING at them. That’s when the HolyBIBLE folks lost their shit.
But while the HolyBIBLE people raved and foamed, they also saw the city Patrol cars mere yards away. The city police standing mere feet away. They lost their shit only vocally. A guy wearing a white T-Shirt with the word, REPENT, looked angry enough to cry as young people of all persuasions laughed at him, mocked his anger and hate, and took his photo.
And because it is Family Day, that also calls for Creepy Christian Snuff Porn!
Hey kid! Let me share my Christian Snuff Porn! I’m out to preach the good news!
ATTACKER (shouting, hiding behind a car): “No! Wait! Stop!”
ATTACKER: “Damn it, stop!”
ATTACKER: “Stop shooting at me you assholes! I’m not a zombie!”
JUDD: “Damn Mike! A talking zombie!”
MIKE: “Don’t care. Flush him out.”
ATTACKER: “Stop! Stop it!”
JUDD: “We saw you eating that gal, you f**kin’ zombie!”
ATTACKER: “Okay, fine! I’m a cannibal you gun happy idiots! Not a zombie!”
MIKE: “That’s better how?”
ATTACKER: “She was already dead! There’s no food! I’m Starving!”
JUDD: “Not for long!”
JUDD: “That may be a point. What do you think Mike?”
MIKE: “You can’t be serious.”
JUDD: “Maybe that woman was already dead.”
MIKE: “Then why wasn’t she moving around? And who the hell eats a zombie?”
JUDD: “Starvation can do things to a person’s mind.”
MIKE: “There’s a line, Judd. Once a person goes cannibal, it remains an option.”
Judd and Mike quickly look behind them, at the body, just in case. A partially eaten woman, wounds oozing fresh blood, lies a small distance behind them.
One shot hits the dead woman’s head. Attacker sees it.
MIKE: “And there won’t be.”
ATTACKER (shouting): “Whoa! So, are we cool?”
Mike and Judd look at each other, sizing up the request.
ATTACKER: “Hey! Are we cool?”
JUDD: “Stand up where we can see you, hands over your head.”
Attacker hesitantly stands, arms raised, hands empty.
ATTACKER: “So it’s cool? We’re okay?”
Gunshot. Attacker’s head twists back and he drops.
MIKE: “We are now.”
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