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Today is the 9th anniversary of the Attack on the United States by Muslim extremists.

And they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.  We have lifelong US citizens, who presumably think of themselves as patriots, actively advocating abandoning our dearly held and hardly fought Constitutional rights.  Rights that thousands of US soldiers have, so they tell us, died to protect in Afghanistan and Iraq.

So on the one had I hear these folks telling me and every other American to Support the Troops!  They're putting their lives on the line to protect my freedom!  And from some of the self same people I hear Ban the Koran!  Stop the ground zero mosque! (Which is neither at ground zero nor a mosque.)

I'm having a tough time wrapping my head around the idea of being told to support those who vow to uphold and defend our Constitution by ... advocating withholding Constitutional rights.

In the face of controversy to burn the Koran as a perverted way of commemorating September 11, we went to a candlelight vigil this evening to oppose burning Korans and support the Park51 project.

The Charter Oak Cultural Center in Hartford was a particularly appropriate place to hold such a vigil.  Built in 1876, it is the first Jewish temple in Connecticut and required an amendment to the state Constitution to build it.  Back then only Congregationalist churches were allowed to be built in Connecticut.  No Methodists, Catholics, Baptists, Jews or Muslims allowed.

We haven't progressed very far, I sometimes think.


On a brighter note, this morning we also went to see the M. C. Escher: Impossible Reality exhibit  at the New Britain Museum of American Art.  (This being American Art evidently by virtue of the fact that two New Britain residents saw it in Greece and are also members of the NBMAA.)

It was fascinating and has many different kinds of art from all periods of Escher's career.  Well worth going. I'm very glad those two people saw it in Greece and brought it here.  It moves to the Akron Museum of Art in Akron, Ohio next.
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I am not going to ComiCon this weekend in San Diego.  I’ve never been to ComiCon in San Diego.  But I’ve been to many other Science Fiction conventions with hall costumes and quirky in-jokes on T-shirts (I have one with a photo of Pluto inscribed with the number 134340 that says “They’ve given you a number and taken away your name.” and if that’s not an obscure in-joke I don’t know what is!  Or someone named Maureen Johnson who recently twittered Neil Gaiman in response to a photo of him wearing a black and white Hawiian shirt “Seeing these photos, I think there is a whole line of Gaiman inspired beachwear now waiting to be made. Please call it Sandman.”  Ba-dum-pcha!)

 

Anyway, ComiCon.  For some reason the Westborough Baptist Church decided to picket ComiCon.  Evidently God Hates Mags.

 

Lots and lots of people get frothingly angry at WBC.  Or at least they do since they’ve been picketing the funerals of soldiers killed in Afghanistan or Iraq.  Back when they were only picketing the funerals of people murdered just because they were gay, not so much.

 

But I didn’t think at a Science Fiction/Comic/Media convention that the fans would get frothingly angry.  No, all that anger and disgust at these clueless evil bozos would be transformed in to mockery.  Derision.  Ridicule.  And in-jokes.  Because, really, that’s the best way to deal with clueless evil bozos.  Mock them until they have no influence at all.

 

So behold!  The fans at ComicCon protesting the WBC.  Beautiful.

 

http://www.comicsalliance.com/2010/07/22/super-heroes-vs-the-westboro-baptist-church/?sms_ss=facebook

 

I’m trying to decide which sign is my favorite.  The Star Trek: The Next Generation guy with his “God Hates Jedi” sign?  The “Magnets:  how the *%$#! do they work???” sign? (I’ve wondered the same thing myself) or Jesus with his “God Loves Every Body” sign.  I think I’ll go with that last one.


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