Westboro hate gang says it will picket Joe Paterno’s funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group masquerading as a Christian church — has announced its next publicity seeking opportunity.

The hatemongers, whose despicable teachings and practices make it theologically a cult of Christianity say the group will picket the funneral of Joe Paterno.

The legendary college football coach died from lung cancer last Sunday.

“Joe Paterno is dead. WBC will picket his funeral,” Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro’s leader Pastor Fred Phelps, wrote on Twitter. “He’s in hell. Don’t partake of your neighbor’s sin!”

Columnist Eric Hyel at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviews says

The Topeka-based congregation is known for its hate-spewing activities that are as vile as they are valuable.


The vile: Their virulently anti-homosexual diatribes, delivered at the most inappropriate times and places. They are fond of targeting the services of military personnel killed in action.

The valuable: The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last year that Westboro has the right to protest at military funerals. Their bilious ramblings are an important reminder that the First Amendment protects the free speech of all Americans, no matter how repugnant their message.

Apologetics Index has a collection of research resources on the Westboro Baptist Church, including the video documentary “The Most Hated Family in America” by Louis Theroux.

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This post was last updated: Jan. 25, 2012