ORLANDO, Florida -- The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its controversial statements and protesting military funerals, has once again announced planned protests in Central Florida on July 15 and 16, 2013.
Westboro Baptist Church Protest At SeaWorld Annual NAACP Convention
The first protest is scheduled to take place on July 15 at 8 a.m. outside the Sea World Annual NAACP Convention at the Doubletree Hotel located at 9840 International Drive in Orlando, Florida. The motto for this year's NAACP convention that runs from July 11 to July 16 is "We Shall Not Be Moved."
According to the church's website www.godhatesfags.com, "Westboro Baptist Church will picket the NAACP Convention. God will not have Same-Sex Marriage. The only discussion that should be going on with the NAACP is a united voice of outrage and objection to the launching of the SSM Juggernaut that will unleash the wrath of God upon this nation."
Westboro Baptist Church Protest At University of Central Florida
The second protest is planned on July 16 at 9:15 a.m. at the University of Central Florida Orlando campus.
WBC said on its website that it will hold a public demonstration at the University of Central Florida because "It used to be that public universities in this nation were sources of knowledge and instruction. Today, they are sources of sin and debauchery, churning out a generation whose ignorance of history and laws is only to be outdone by their ignorance of God and scripture.... They have been taught from the cradle the great lies that "God love everyone" and "It's okay to be gay" -- lies that will kill their bodies, destroy their nation and damn their souls to hell forever."
However, some UCF students are planning a counter-protest.
"We are going to tell them to crawl back into their pathetic little holes, and leave us the hell alone... We want to show the world, regardless of what happens, that UCF will stand together, all races, colors, and religions/atheists against hate," the students said on their counter-protest Facebook page.
WBC Sometimes A No-Show At Announced Protests
WBC has a spotty track record of showing up to announced protests in Central Florida. In Brevard County, WBC was a no-show at an announced planned protest a Palm Bay serviceman's funeral last year. But the group did show up at Kennedy Space Center to protest Congreswoman Gabrielle Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, during a Space Shuttle Endeavour launch two years ago.