Acceptance of Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, contributed to the death of Michael Brown, the rabidly anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has claimed.

Brown is the 18-year-old African-American who was shot to death by Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, who is white. Brown's death sparked unrest in Ferguson, considered a highly segregated area with a long history of racial tensions.

“Regardless of the details [of Brown's death], the cause was from the Lord!” the group said in announcing it would protest Brown's August 25 funeral.

“Missouri has made itself known worldwide for three things, fags (e.g. Michael Sam); bestiality; and shredding the constitution in order to remove the Word of God from their streets.”

“Now you reap what you have so diligently sown, Missouri! Your streets resemble a Middle Eastern warzone! Those same lawless citizens that you turned loose on WBC now riot and loot; those same oath-breaking cops gun down unarmed citizens in the streets, and then cower behind weapons of war…All evidence points to Michael [Brown] now being in Hell. It’s your fault, Missouri! His blood is on your hands!” the anti-gay group added.

(Related: Anti-gay activist Fred Phelps dead at 84.)