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Mizzou Students Prepare to Block Homophobic Protest Against Michael Sam with Human Wall

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Michael Sam tells the New York Times he's gay in his first public interview about his sexuality.
Predictably and annoyingly, the Westboro Baptist Church has set its sights on the University of Missouri after football all-star Michael Sam announced his plan to become the first openly gay man to play in the NFL.

On the upside, Westboro, a few anonymous NFL staffers and the run-of-the-mill homophobes seem to be the only ones offended by the announcement. First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden tweeted Sam messages of support. The hashtag #StandwithSam swept across Twitter. Sam's teammates and coaches admitted that not only did they know he was gay, it really didn't change anything.

The epicenter of the celebration is Columbia where students formed two giant letters in the snow to get the school's famous Rock M to spell "Sam."

That kind of support for a gay man draws the Westboro Baptist Church like flies to a dungheap.

See also: Mizzou's Michael Sam Comes Out; May Become First Openly Gay Player in NFL

The hate group loves going to Mizzou; the school's prestigious journalism school guarantees an army of wannabe reporters will cover their every move. The group tweets that they'll arrive at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

So two Mizzou sophomores, Kelaney Lakers and Alix Carruth, are planning a demonstration to counter the protest with a silent human wall in solidarity to Sam and "the Mizzou family."

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Alix Carruth and Kelaney Lakers are organizing the counter-demonstration to a homophobic protest.

"Our hope is for the wall to reflect a unified student body and symbolize a display of love towards our own tiger, Michael Sam," Lakers and Carruth say in a carefully worded statement sent to press. "We're humbled and a bit overwhelmed by the community's response. This issue is so much bigger than either of us, and we want to do justice to Michael Sam and show him that Mizzou loves him."

See also: Photos: Westboro Baptist Church Protests at World Series For Some Reason

Hours after posting details on Facebook, more than 3,000 people responded they'd be there. But Lakers and Carruth are learning quickly that there's no way to please everyone.

Many oppose any kind of counter-demonstration that gives attention and press to the hate group's presence. Others want to bring picket signs or hold a spirit rally. With thousands of demonstrators possibly planning to attend, Lakers and Carruth admit they can't take responsibility for everyone's actions.

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Westboro Baptist Church protests the Cardinals during the World Series.
"Mizzou is a very diverse campus," say Lakers and Carruth. "The student body is made up of people from all over the world with different beliefs. There is no easy way to make a blanket statement that correctly summarizes the beliefs and motives of every individual. But we do know that Westboro's hate is wrong, and we can agree to stand against that."

Lakers and Carruth say they designed their event after the 2012 human wall at Texas A&M, where students blocked the hate group from a soldier's funeral. Westboro never showed up -- which is a possible scenario for this weekend's scheduled protest.

Lakers and Carruth even laid out ground rules for their demonstration, based on the Aggies' human wall: No engaging with protesters, stay in a line, bundle up, leave if police ask you to.

"We will police ourselves," Lakers and Carruth post on Facebook.

"We are not a mob. We are a family."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.

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69 comments
D.c. Small
D.c. Small

Btw, don't give in to their attention seeking

D.c. Small
D.c. Small

Except they protest everything, even two contradictory groups

Amanda Renee Richardson
Amanda Renee Richardson

At least the house across the street from their church is painted rainbow.. I think about it every time I hear about them

Julie Williams
Julie Williams

Jesus did not teach hate. Discrimination against gay people is sexual harrassment which is illegal. I don't understand why it is allowed.

Fatt Back
Fatt Back

...I think it's something in the water up there ??????

RyManning
RyManning

@mglowack Thanks! 175 of creating amazing leaders in all fields. Never been prouder to be a Tiger.

cleancut77
cleancut77

Not surprised, young white women tend to be big drivers behind this gay nonsense. They tend to think it's cool.

June Bourque
June Bourque

I hear KHS football players support Michael Sam, as his mate is from Kirkwood. Way to go guys!!

Dan O'Donnell
Dan O'Donnell

Westbrook only believes in sex between family members.

Timothy Burch
Timothy Burch

Wish i was there. That church is full of hate.

Scott Tyler
Scott Tyler

Much ado about nothing. .. They came to the World Series last year. A frightful group of 3 drowned out by a guy selling hot dogs off a cart nearby.

Lura Flowers
Lura Flowers

Well God is bigger,, better, and I would think very disappointed in Westboro....

Matt Berger
Matt Berger

When will that "church" get burned to the ground?

Danyel Healey Moulden
Danyel Healey Moulden

Westboro is NOT Baptist! NOR Christian! They are sick, sad people who NEED Jesus NOW!

Twana Wangler
Twana Wangler

They need to mind there own business and stop spreading their hate and ignorance!!!

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@WBCsigns @ThatAce_Lace@MizzouHey shirley, you still let your Dad put his thumb up your ass every Sunday during mass??

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@jasongriffin1 @jaketapper@RiverfrontTimesI would prefer to see them mowed down by a runaway tractor trailer. 'Sorry occifer, my brakes quit working'. 'No problem son, you took out some garbage'.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

Well you know Shirley has never met anyone as 'manly' as her decaying excuse of a father. She likes the way he tongues her ass as she teabags his wrinkled old balls.

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