How do you know what I believe in, and that my beliefs are less valid or less worth defending than theirs are?
Worth defending.. yes... but you're not defending anything here. Defending something means that your beliefs are being attacked to the point that you are being affected, which isn't the case here. They are not doing anything to you to where your beliefs are being altered nor are you being altered due to their comments.
Lower than them would still be doing something to genuinely cause them physical harm, like picking up and throwing a Ramuné bottle and deliberately aiming for the face. I'm just talking about making some funny signs and pretending to confuse them with the Phelps Phamily simply for the sake of irony. I think you give the counter protesters too little credit or atleast you unfairly paint them as reckless, thoughtless and violent. Nobody's setting them up the bomb for great justice or trying to put a brick through the windshield of their party van, they're just being mocked playfully and we've as much right to that as the churchies have to their choice of picketing grounds.
No, lower than them is doing anything they are doing with lower reasoning in doing it. Confuse them? You seriously have no clue what you're doing if you believe you're going to confuse them or your counter protesting will help in any way shape or form at all. The ABSOLUTE ONLY RESULT is that nothing will change, or you will make things worse. By law you have as much right to do that, but get over your damn self and realize that it affects more than just you nor what you can do lawfully. Again, think about the conventions position, and the position of everyone that are higher up than your average con-goer. Think about everyone that has to deal with the SJCC staff, with the SJPD, and every other venue issue that is involved. If an argument, just verbal at that, happens, passer byers will be subject to it. If they get complaints about arguments, who do you think gets the blunt end of it? The con, not the protestors. Why? Because the con instigated by disturbing their protest.
Do you really think simply ignoring them will make them go away? Nah, that'll just make them troll harder and the dream of them being "completely ignored" isn't going to happen no matter how hard you or con staff wish for it. There will always be atleast one person at one of these events whose going to have an insatiable urge to screw with these people's heads and you won't stop them unless you set up some kind of rule that says ANYONE engaging the Phanime Phelps Phacsimiles in ANY WAY AT ALL (signs, verbal communication, music-trolling, planned religious figure cosplay) will be totally banninated from the con without so much as a refund of their admission.
Nothing is going to get them to go away. Why add fuel to the fire? You're basically accomplishing nothing but giving the con a bad name, and MAKING THINGS WORSE, what part of this is too difficult for your little mind to comprehend. YOUR ACTIONS AFFECT THE CON, EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT PHYSICALLY ATTACKING PEOPLE.
OH, but even if you ignore them, other people won't? Do you realize how absolutely retarded you sound saying that? "Other people are acting like total dumbasses, so I should to". Way to represent everything idiotic with the world, and once more proving, that you are below the protestors themselves.
You are seriously stating, you don't give a damn who it affects, you don't care what reprecussions may come from it, because you think it's funny to make fun of other people because they have a different belief system than you. You don't give a damn about the convention and what may happen, you don't give a damn about the staff or the attendees, you are going to go out of yourway to make fun of some other people that you think are stupid.
How are you not below them? Again, you are trolling people to accomplish nothing other than to make fun of them, with no care about what problems it may cause. They are doing something out of their beliefs that it may save people. You are absolutely below them.