With the Atlanta University Center’s (AUC) commencement ceremonies right around the corner, the members of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC)- the Kansas based hate group- intend to protest the graduation ceremonies of Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College.

In a release discussing the church’s reasoning behind protesting the ceremonies, the Church singled out Spelman for the admittance of a transgender student last year.

“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!”

The organization brought Clark Atlanta to the carpet for bestowing Dr. Ken Walden, President-Dean Gammon Theological Seminary with the honor of leading a prayer with the school’s graduates during the commencement.

WBC referred to Walden as a “false preacher of the United Methodist Church.”
Shortly after, WBC created an additional release to protest Morehouse’s commencement ceremony, in response to the college’s new policy which allows admissions for transgender students.

“Morehouse, founded by Baptists, announced in April, 2019, that for 135 years only male students could enroll, but starting in 2020, females, who pretend that they are males, will be welcome. Check the neck! God’s moral law is immutable!” the Kansas-based organization stated.

Well-known for their protests, WBC was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

One of their most recent public demonstrations was in February, during Super Bowl weekend in Atlanta, to call attention to “the dangers of promoting homosexuality, same-sex marriage, the filthy manner of life and idol-worshipping of this nation.”

“I do not want to look back on graduation and think about a hate group disrupting our procession,” said Janae Adams, a graduating senior at Clark Atlanta University.

In an email obtained by The Grio, Spelman’s Director of Public Safety, Steve Bowser, reassured students that the college was taking precautions in response to WBC’s protests.

“We will have additional staff on hand to ensure that all events proceed safely and with minimal disruption if any at all.”

“All faculty, staff and students should carry their Spelman ID to all events. Also, we strongly recommend that all alumnae, guests, and vendors have ID, as there will be additional security screening by campus staff and local law enforcement.”

With hour intervals on May 19, Westboro plans to protest Morehouse College’s Commencement ceremony from 6:45-7:45 a.m., Clark Atlanta University’s Baccalaureate service from 9:00-9:45 am and Spelman College from 1:30-2:20 pm.

(Photo: Courtesy of Spelman College)

Alexis Grace is a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University and a current Graduate student at Agnes Scott College. During and after her time at CAU, she has worked and interned for several publications...

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