Westboro Baptists to protest March Madness

A member of the Westboro Baptist Church protests before the start of the TicketCity Bowl football...

A member of the Westboro Baptist Church protests before the start of the TicketCity Bowl football game in Dallas, Texas January 2, 2012. Penn State will be playing Houston in the game. (REUTERS/Tim Sharp)

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The Westboro Baptists are bringing a little more madness to, well, March Madness.

Widely described as a bigoted family group, the Westboro Baptist Church is scheduled to picket outside the Georgia Dome during next month’s NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.

The Kansas-based group, led by minister Fred Phelps, announced on its official website this week it intends to protest college basketball’s marquee event on April 6.

“America is mad upon her idols and her college sports are one of them,” a posting to the group’s website read. “Anything you give more care to than to God is an idol and college sports is one of America's favorite idols.”

Known worldwide for their extremist views, the 40-member cult-like group has received widespread scrutiny in recent years for picketing funerals of military personnel and those who have died as a result of AIDS.

“You care more about your brackets and who wins than you do about your souls,” the group said. “You prop the players up to be gods.

"The only thing you brutes — players, coaches, fans, and sports media alike — worship more than your nasty sex parts/lives is your sin-riddled over-hyped sports arenas and activities.”

The group claims to have performed tens of thousands of protests in all 50 states.

Some of its members are banned from entering Canada due to anti-hate speech laws.


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