Westboro Baptist Church is at it again! The congregation of anti-gay protesters plan to show up at the University of Massachusetts campus to show their disdain after Derrick Gordon came out as the first openly gay player in Division I men's college basketball. According to the April 10 Mass Live report, the WBC has not yet named the date and time for their protest and are still in the planning process.
News that the Westboro Baptist Church plan to picket UMass in opposition to Derrick Gordon's sexual preference came just one day after his announcement. The 22-year old shooting guard decided to come out to his friends, family and coaches at the beginning of April. Roughly a week later he made the public announcement.
The UMass protest is just one of many scheduled by the Westboro Baptist Church. They keep a running list of planned protests on their website. On Friday the WBC plans to protest another school. They will be meeting at Kansas University at 7:45 a.m. to protest Leonard Pitts & Harriet Lerner who are slated to speak at the university for Social Workers' Day.
The Westboro Baptist Church was founded in 1955 by the late Fred Phelps. The group, often referred to as a hate group, is best-known for picketing high profile funerals and funerals for fallen American soldiers. Their premise is that God is angry with America for their sinful ways. They believe that dead soldiers and destructive natural disasters are God's way of punishing the country for turning on religion. The group is violently opposed to homosexuality and most of their propaganda centers around that.
It has become a trend for others who oppose the hateful message of the WBC to organize their own protest and show up at the same time as the Westboro Baptist Church members in a bid to block their efforts.