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Mizzou Students Give Standing Ovation to Michael Sam, Destroy Westboro Baptist Protest: VIDEO


The Mizzou basketball stadium went wild last night as Michael Sam returned to the school to accept the 2014 Cottom Bowl Champaionship trophy with the Tiger football team at halftime of the Mizzou vs. Tennessee game.

Fans holding signs like 'We Heart Michael Sam' got to their feet as the defensive end, who came out as gay last week, returned to his alma mater for the first time since the announcement.

The Westboro Baptist Church came to picket the event.


Shirley Phelps-Roper cackled and spit to local station KRCG:

"They comforted Michael Sam in his sin this past week. Just absolutely went crazy when he announced - he announced! He told the world he was a filthy pervert and a rebel against God. And they fawned all over him!"

But the Phelps clan was completely owned by a massive human wall of Michael Sam supporters that formed a ring around the stadium to counterprotest the WBC.

Said one organizer of the protest: "We're both Christians. God is love. And what they're doing is hateful."

Watch videos of the counterprotest and Sam's standing O, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Oh Sh*t, this new generation is NOT THE ONE to be f*cking with... It's the 60's all over again and the reign of so-called Christian Power in this Country is coming to an end. We CAN NOT let up the pressure or they will try to weasel their way back into power as it continues to slip through their fingers...

    Posted by: RONTEX | Feb 16, 2014 12:09:30 PM

  2. Tears of joy! The World can change!

    Posted by: Josh | Feb 16, 2014 12:09:49 PM

  3. The response by the people of Missouri gives me so much hope in humanity. What a wonderful thing to see!

    Posted by: ny2.0 | Feb 16, 2014 12:14:28 PM

  4. Looks like this "Church" is about down to 5 members or so. They better get to interbreeding right away or pretty soon their protests will no longer merit mention.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Feb 16, 2014 12:18:31 PM


    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 16, 2014 12:28:38 PM

  6. You mean they aren't already the product of generations of interbreeding?

    Posted by: Charles Lambert | Feb 16, 2014 12:29:02 PM

  7. The trial judge in the Loving v. Virginia case, Leon M. Bazile, wrote: "Almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix." RMoney's message of gay intolerance is no different from Bazile's message of racial intolerance. They both use the Bible, and their beliefs, to discriminate against a minority. It was wrong then, and it's wrong now.

    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 16, 2014 12:31:51 PM

  8. Ooooops. My above comment is for a different article. :)


    Posted by: Gigi | Feb 16, 2014 12:32:55 PM

  9. During these cold winter months it would be great if someone turned a fire hose on these trolls.

    Posted by: Adam L | Feb 16, 2014 1:15:53 PM

  10. Very proud to say I had several students and friends who took part in this.

    Posted by: Ronny | Feb 16, 2014 1:24:06 PM

  11. How wonderful and amazing to have an entire college behind one openly gay athlete. Hooray!!!

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 16, 2014 1:30:56 PM

  12. Thanks to WBC; they do more to rally a community behind our cause than any of us could.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 16, 2014 1:33:47 PM

  13. I was worried about Missouri.....I'm now having hope.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 16, 2014 1:35:48 PM

  14. Please don't link all Christians to that hate-filled Westboro Baptist Church bunch. Personally, I cheered when the students formed a counterprotest. The WBC is a blight on all the teachings of Christ.

    Posted by: Yeer | Feb 16, 2014 1:43:13 PM

  15. Well, Missouri is home to Republicans seeking to impeach Governor Jay Nixon for allowing couples who have married out of state to file joint state taxes so...this is more reflective of the generational divide on this issue. And really, social issues in general. The young generation simply isn't anti-LGBT on the balance (same with pot, contraception, abortion). It's the youth who are standing up and making a change on this issue, even in a red state like Missouri. Congrats to Michael Sam and thank you Missouri students.

    You're right, Mike...WBC and really, the extreme haters in general have done more good for us than they ever could imagine.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 16, 2014 2:10:55 PM

  16. I will never understand why Americans bring religion into everything.

    You don't have to be a Christian or be into religion to despise bigotry.
    Let's get rid of these imaginary religions.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 16, 2014 2:16:38 PM

  17. Homophobic bigots, your days are numbered...

    Posted by: Red | Feb 16, 2014 2:18:02 PM

  18. Homophobic bigots, your days are numbered...

    Posted by: Red | Feb 16, 2014 2:18:02 PM

  19. Such a lovely sight for this young man to get this overwhelming public support.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Feb 16, 2014 2:19:03 PM

  20. Looks wonderful. I would say the change is already begun and is here.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Feb 16, 2014 2:24:29 PM

  21. I love this, but why has it taken this long?

    It's always seemed like the Westboro church and others of their ilk knew what they were doing---helping us.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 16, 2014 2:40:31 PM

  22. "It's always seemed like the Westboro church and others of their ilk knew what they were doing---helping us."

    Well, yeah, kinda in the same way it seems like the earth must be flat, when you're on it...even though it isn't. Yes, WBC has helped us, but it is in fact completely ironic that they have. It certainly isn't their intention. Fred Phelps really *is* a homophobic nutcase. He's always been an attention seeking drama queen, too. There was an article in Time magazine back in the early 60s about how he held a one-man protest against immorality on his college campus or something like that. (more worried about out of wedlock sex back then, presumably) A couple people who left the family have claimed he physically abused them, but he's filed lawsuits against any media outlets that tried to print that story.

    Posted by: EchtKultig | Feb 16, 2014 2:56:02 PM

  23. @spacecadet: Judging by their members, the WBC has already pushed inbreeding as far as it will go, and continuing with it will just result in babies with 3 legs and one eye.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Feb 16, 2014 3:09:19 PM

  24. This brought a tear to my eye. I also feel bad that Mr. Sam has to carry this enormous burden. Hopefully, more players will come out and the media won't be so focused on one individual.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 16, 2014 3:21:12 PM

  25. Mikey....we will see but like Frank Ocean...I doubt it!

    Posted by: Rowan | Feb 16, 2014 3:38:26 PM

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