Tonight's basketball game at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome should be an interesting one, to say the least. The intensity is expected to be brought not only by Syracuse and Florida, but also by controversial protests expected to be held by a group of the Westboro Baptist Church originating in Topeka, Kansas.
The religious group is mainly centered around extreme views against homosexuality, and has a membership number of less than a hundred.
The Baptist Church has been in the news countless times for appearances at military funerals protesting gay rights within the US Military, holding signs stating "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "God hates fags."
According to a WSYR news report, the protests will revolve around the supposed sin which SU fans will be partaking in by supporting the team and school. As Bernie Fine's actions in the sexual child abuse scandal were objectionable, the protest group sees the continuing school spirit by the staff and student body alike to be equally outrageous. Despite some extreme accusations by potential protestors, channel 9 WSYR stated that police don't there to be any large issues.
Many people believe this sort of anti-gay harrassment is unfair and unjust. "Bernie Fine is one person, so how can an extremist group [Westboro Baptist Church] base their judgments off that to impose judgement upon an entire school?" states Megan Carr, 21, an Exercise Science major at SU. She disagrees with the ideals of these potential protests, and thinks its a large, unfair generalization against such a massive following for the team. While the matters remain controversial, many continue to be outraged by actions taken in judging the Syracuse University community and beyond by the Westboro Baptists.
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