The Westboro Baptist Church, which has long been known for its anti-LGBT views and is designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has announced plans to protest at the graduation ceremonies of several prominent historically black colleges and universities this week.
The Kansas-based group announced that it will hold protests during the end-of-year ceremonies at Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, The Daily Tribune News also reports.
In a press release from earlier this month, the group wrote that Spelman College’s "Women's Research and Resource Center of Spelman, ‘the heart of Spelman's progressive feminist organizations,’ includes the organization ‘Afrekete,’ which describes itself as 'an all-inclusive organization that strives to offer a safe, creative, and liberating spaces for students across the entire spectrum of the LGBTQIAPD+ community and their allies.'"
The group went on to say that the description of the organization shows “more evidence does not seem necessary to demonstrate that this college is being grandly paid to produce perverts who aggressively strive to push others toward proud sin and down the path to hell. Repent!”
The group also took aim at Morehouse College over its announcement in April that said it would soon begin admitting transgender men to the all-male school.
“Morehouse, founded by Baptists, announced in April, 2019, that for 135 years only male students could enroll, but starting in 2020, females, who pretend that they are males, will be welcome. Check the neck! God’s moral law is immutable!” the group wrote.
In an attack aimed at Clark University, the group personally targeted Reverend Dr. Ken Walden, the President-Dean of Gammon Theological Seminary who is scheduled to deliver prayer during the school’s coming graduation ceremony.
“No true or spiritually helpful guidance will be offered by this man, whose lengthy resume is given in demonstration that he is worldly, men-pleaser who has made a career of misconstruing, wresting and lying about Jesus Christ and His Word. Flee from whorish, lying pastors!” the group added.
For years, the Westboro Baptist Church has been notorious for its use of hate speech and its anti-gay beliefs. The Southern Poverty Law Center called the group “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.”
In an email sent from Steve Bowser, the director of public safety at Spelman, that was obtained by The Grio, Bowser assured students that the college would be taking additional measures to ensure the safety of those attending the graduation ceremony this weekend.
“We will have additional staff on hand to ensure that all events proceed safely and with minimal disruption if any at all,” the email read.
“All faculty, staff and students should carry their Spelman ID to all events. Also, we strongly recommend that all alumnae, guests, and vendors have ID, as there will be additional security screening by campus staff and local law enforcement,” it added.