Westboro Baptist Church to Target Commencements at Atlanta HBCUs Spelman, Morehouse, & Clark Atlanta University

Graduates of the Spelman College Class of 2017 (Photo Credit: Spelman College)

Over the past four years students of Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark-Atlanta University have labored for educational and personal development in pursuit of their degrees. But this year the upcoming commencement and baccalaureate ceremonies at these Atlanta HBCUs have been targeted for a hateful protest by the religious hate group known as the Westboro Baptist Church.

The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has been protesting the combat deaths of US military personnel, members of the LGBT community and even innocent victims of tragedies over the past decade. Members of the church carry large signs that condemn those attending funerals or memorial services for supporting, in their view, an immoral lifestyle that goes against the word of God. Now, Black parents who will be traveling from across the country and in some cases, across the globe, will hear hatred directed against their children and the institutions that bestowed their degrees.

A press release on the group’s website announces the dates and times for each protest and encourages all members and supporters to “Preach the gospel of Jesus Christ” at the events. Each school is targeted for a specific reason by the hate group:

Spelman College is targeted because of its commitment to diversity and support of progressive feminist organizations. In response, the WBC posted “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!”

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Source: Rolling Out