Posted April 12, 2018 at 06:12 PM | Updated April 12, 2018 at 09:16 PM
By Alexis Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
When members of a group calling themselves the “Bible Believers” showed up on The College of New Jersey’s campus Thursday with signs proclaiming that “Women belong in the kitchen,” and warning gays, Muslims and others to obey Jesus or burn in Hell, TCNJ students were not going to quietly let them have their say.
Hundreds gathered around the four people carrying the offending signs in the Alumni Grove, many after creating signs of their own with messages of love and inclusion.
The Philadelphia chapter of the Bible Believers notified the university that they would be visiting TCNJ’s campus to “actively preach the gospel in open air,” according to a university spokesperson.
The Bible Believers gathered on TCNJ’s campus for over two hours holding anti-LGBTQ signs and calling students ‘losers’, one student told NJ Advance Media in an interview Thursday afternoon.
“TCNJ has public spaces on campus, so it was within their right to be there,” said spokesperson David Muha, who added that the group’s values did not align with those of TCNJ.
TCNJ Student Marina Marshall said the students began making their own signs to counter the message of the Bible Believers.
“Some students started to hold of signs like … ‘i am holding a sign’ to mock the protesters. Also two boys got up near the protesters and started to kiss, which everyone applauded and screamed for,” Marshall said.
The students were not notified that the Bible Believers were going to show up.