The 2016 Comic Con has finally cleared out, and downtown San Diego is returning to normal. As I've mentioned in the prior blogs, I didn't have tickets to get into the Convention Center, but who needs them when the crowded streets are just as fascinating? Lots of great hero watching to be sure. But what's up with all the Jesus people? Every year they storm the area with bullhorns screaming everyone is doomed unless they become "saved".
Look, I don't really care on a personal level whatever religion anyone wants to believe. I wouldn't even care if the Jesus guys showed up at future Cons, that is, so long as they ditch the bullhorns. It's one thing for them to use their voice and lungs to try and win over an audience, but they INVADE everyone's eardrums with their version of morality and God. They FORCE their way into your ears. It's a violation of your dignity. Anyways, I can ignore loud people pretty good, but it's hard to enjoy the moment when a bullhorn cranked at 1000 decibels is saying REPENT or DIE!
Funny thing is, these guys claim to have the moral high ground; but during the few moments I watched them all I could see were angry Con fans yelling at them. Is it cool to anger people like that? Is it Christian to push your brand onto people that aren't asking for it? Is it cool to provoke people on such a personal matter?
Of course yelling begets yelling, and you can't out yell a bullhorn (and no, I didn't yell at them). Those Jesus guys can turn nasty when people tell them where to stick it. I suppose I can't blame them, we're all only human after all. Anyways, I think one fed-up Comic Con fan had the second best response. He said, "Just worry about yourself!"
The best response, however, was from the thousands of Con fans that did their best to ignore the bullhorns, and walk past the Jesus guys as if they didn't matter at all.