Chicago, IL -
Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is planning to protest the Chicago Bulls playoff game on Thursday over Jason Collins, who on Monday become the first male athlete in a major professional sport to come out as gay.
The Topeka-based hate church, which is made up mostly of Fred Phelps' immediate family, said in a press release issued Tuesday that they are protesting because Collins has "come out admitting that he's a proud fag."
The Phelps' clan has a history of failed protests in Chicago.
In 2008, WBC's attempt to protest at the Center on Halsted
, Chicago's gay and lesbian community center, was halted
when more than 100 people outnumbered the 5 WBC members and effectively blocked their anti-gay message.
WBC claimed that they would picket Roger Ebert's funeral in April; however, members of the church failed to show
Recently the church has seen major defections over its anti-gay and anti-semitic message. Most notably Phelps' granddaughters left the group
The Bulls take on the Nets Thursday evening at the United Center
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