Originally posted on Sportress of Blogitude  |  Last updated 5/3/13

When the site Ultimate Rockets broke the news on Tuesday that the Westboro Baptist Church intended to protest outside of Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday during Game 5 of the Western Conference quarterfinals game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder, it was assumed that an ugly scene was not only possible, but likely. The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious for picketing and protesting outside of events to espouse its anti-homosexuality agenda. When NBA center Jason Collins announced his homosexuality earlier this week, the church had a new target: the NBA. A news release from the church indicated its intentions as follows, as reported by Huffington Post: “Now has-been pervert Jason Collins has ‘come out’ admitting he’s a proud ***,” officials write in the release. “Lift up your voice against this awful sin; use the platform God gave you to warn your fellow man to flee destruction.” Fortunately, the scene outside the arena was not as volatile as expected, as evidenced by the below photos and local news report. Deadspin also has compiled several images of the scene, above and below: Oklahoma City’s KFOR-TV also aired the following report: In the end, the church’s protesters numbered at approximately seven individuals and were outnumbered by gay rights advocates who vehemently do not share the controversial church’s anti-homosexual views. The post Westboro Baptist Church protests outside Thunder-Rockets game (pics/video) appeared first on Sportress of Blogitude.

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