Fortunately, my wife isn’t a nerd. (She called earlier to see if I wanted a stuffed Yoda classic or dressed as Santa, and then confirmed, “Yoda is the green one with pointy ears, right?”) In fact, I think she’d rather be at Coonicon—but, then again, who wouldn’t.
Even more fortunately for nerds like myself, the hate is only flowing from Fred Phelps’ followers at Westboro Baptist Church. Speaking of which, I dig that guy’s bomber jacket. (Gulp.) Here is Phelps’ reasoning for why God feels the same way about nerds as he does gays and soldiers and Jews. From Westboro’s picket schedule:
“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.”
I’m not really following Phelps’ logic, but I am reminded of just how out of touch Phelps is with reality.