Fresh off plans to picket Glee star Cory Monteith’s funeral, Fred Phelps’ freakishly large family, otherwise known as the Westboro Baptist Church, has announced it will be coming to Brown on Thursday, August 1. It’s going to be running all over Providence that day, and it plans to be on College Hill—75 Waterman, to be specific—from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Its message to Brunonia, from a press release:
You’ve endowed chairs of scorning at Brown University. You’ve dedicated your University’s resources to “LGBTQ Center” to flip God off. What part of Lev. 18:22, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” do you fools not understand?!? GOD’S NOT GOING TO APOLOGIZE TO SODOM OR NOAH’S FAG-MARRYING GENERATION: THOSE RESIDENTS IN HELL FOR THESE EONS.
Now, I know Brown students need no instruction in how to deal with loud anti-gay protestors. But know that the Westboro Baptist Church makes the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property look like it just has a small disagreement with homosexuals. This monstrously hateful language is pretty typical for the Phelps clan.
It’s important to note that WBC feeds off of this sort of attention—as it did when it planned to visit Vassar College—so it’s understandable to want to just completely ignore it. But that decision is yours; news vans will probably be chasing the protestors throughout Rhode Island anyway. If you’re planning to be in Providence on August 1, however, and you decide to give them the bigoted-bagpiper treatment, here are some signs you might want to bring with you. Show them how Brown students feel about the LGBTQQIAAP2S community. Summer@Brown kids won’t know what hit them.
The Brown LGBTQ Center will be holding a meeting about the protest on Monday, July 22 at 3 p.m. at the LGBTQ Center (321-323 Faunce House). Be sure to like its Facebook page for additional updates.
Here’s the full WBC press release, if you’re looking for a good rage read: