Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.
The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.
In response thousands of Sam’s supporters – many fellow students at the University of Missouri – formed a ring around the stadium and turned their backs on the church members.
‘The college campuses of doomed-USA are over flowing with proud fornicators and fags,’ church members said ahead of their protest action.
‘They are most concentrated on your sports teams, especially football — the favorite religion of this idolatrous superstitious lost nation. By the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, one of those foolish proud young men, Mike Sam, burst forth on the front pages, when he introduced himself in time for the NFL Combine & Draft as a proud fag football player, kicking off peals of perverse sin-justifying praise.’
Church members claimed that Missouri was famous for two things – ‘bestiality, and persecuting the saints of the Most High God.’
Student’s sang the University of Missouri’s school fighting song while keeping the church members away from the arena.
Photos of the human barrier soon went viral on Twitter, trending with the hashtag #StandWithSam.
Sam is expected to become the first openly gay professional American footballer to be chosen by a major team and several teams have already said they would be interested in him as a draft pick.