Just when you thought the only thing to fear at Comic-Con was over-priced merchandise and smelly fans in costumes a new perpetrator has come to the forefront. According to SciFiWire, members of the Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church will be in attendance at this year’s convention to protest the festivities. What’s their reasoning you ask? Idol worship!

If the Westboro Baptist Church sounds familiar it’s because they’re the same insensitive douche bags who boycotted funerals of American servicemen who had been killed overseas. Yeah, those guys are back for more. Led by Fred Phelps, they plan on giving the fanboys and girls a piece of their minds when they descend onto San Diego.

“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.”

Are they serious? Comic-Con is pure fun and yes it’s filled with a few people who take it too far a times but it’s hardly a spiritual event created to “worship” false idols. If anything it’s one big advertisement for toys, movies, and TV shows. It stopped being just about the fans and superheroes a long time ago.

These guys make real Christians look bad. If you look hard enough you can find problems or in this case sin in anything. But they’re really reaching. They’re going to protest for a whole 45 minutes on Thursday (1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.), so prepare to either ignore them or throw a tomato, the choice is yours.

What do you think of the church’s stance on Comic-Con? Will you be in attendance this year?