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Joe Paterno

Westboro Baptist Church

to Picket His Funeral

1/22/2012 11:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Joe PaternoMargie Phelps, daughter of Pastor Fred Phelps, announced on Twitter today the Westboro Baptist Church would be picketing the funeral of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Paterno passed away earlier today from lung cancer. He was 85.

Last October, Westboro announced they would picket the funeral of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. They also picketed the funeral of Michael Jackson.

The church is known for their extreme views against homosexuality. Based on other tweets (see below), Paterno's involvement in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal is what drew their attention.

MargiePhelps tweet: Penn State Penn Rape rings in Joe Paterno's ears in hell. He partook of sin for fame & fortune. Worth NOTHING to him now.

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SYLVI212    

Westboro, you are playing with fire if you picket Paterno's funeral. I don't think the Penn State students are going to stand by and let you do it. Why don't you "people" mind your own damn business?

984 days ago
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david    

WTF is wrong with this church

984 days ago
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Sonya in Tx    

West boro Baptist Church members can all rot. Is this the definition of true Christianity? No.

984 days ago
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Seldombinlaid    

What can be done about this church?

984 days ago
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Kari    

Like every other funeral they attempt to picket, they won't get anywhere.

984 days ago
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wtfiswrongwthppl?!    

You Westboro baptist pieces of ****! The things you horrible people do in the name of god is beyond repulsing. Solders funerals, hate crimes, dead miners...I could keep going. One of these days you're gonna picket the wrong funeral and someone is going to open up fire. Thats what you sick f*cks deserve!! RIP JoePa

984 days ago
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anni    

GOOD

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GOD    

Well what else would they be doing? These jackwads would never go out and actually do something good for society or loving in nature, they just spend their time spreading hate and being evil.

984 days ago
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jo    

Compassion does not preclude accountability. I lost both my parents to cancer so I get the pain and loss to the family but it doesnt negate his lack leadership and the ABUSE of kids being perpetrated under his leadership.

984 days ago
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Doug    

I can't speak for God and I think it is a bit of a mistake for the leaders and congregants of the Westboro Baptist Church to do so. I hope that you will choose not to picket the funeral of Joe Paterno. Far from abusing a child, he helped many young men develop strong character. I hope the leaders of the Westboro Church might choose to show the class and dignity that Coach Paterno exhibited during his 61 years of coaching.

984 days ago
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mildly insane    

God love all people if you hate someone
you hate what God loves if you hate what God loves you are against God

984 days ago
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Michael Estes    

...otherwise known as Westboro Baptist Church of Attention Whoring!!

984 days ago
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OOIIOOOI    

This...
This is some sick sh*t.

984 days ago
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HumanNature    

LET THE MAN R.I.P!!!!


WHY DON'T THEY GO AND PICKET REAL PERPETRATOR, SANDUSKY!!!


HE'S ALIVE!!!!

984 days ago
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Muppet    

Who are these West Baptist people that think they are God and can pass judgement? Can they not see the hypocrisy in what they are doing?

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