On one side of the Marriott in Copley Square this afternoon, a street preacher is offering free "holy water" - Poland Spring in plastic bottles, as he promises eternal life and mentions Jesus every 10 seconds or so.
On the other side of the hotel the more hard-core visitors wave giant photos of bloody babies and offer up political thoughts more appropriate to Alabama or Idaho than Copley Square.
They're here to protest Satancon, being held inside the hotel.
*Where are you folks from?" a reporter asks. "All over," one of the bloody-baby people answers. Massachusetts? "No," he allows. One of his co-religionists with a bullhorn aimed at the hotel lobby yells: "You will end up in a lake of fire!"
People dressed in black heading into the hotel are ignoring them.
A contingent of Boston cops stand in the hotel driveway just behind some plastic barriers provided by the hotel surveying the scene and occasionally listening to the out of towners who feel compelled to bear witness with them or something.
Is blood vaccine something you can get at a drug store?