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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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136.

ITALIANMAMA    

SERIOUSLY!!! IF THE ONLY OULET YOU HAVE TO SPREAD YOUR "WORD" ARE AT FUNERALS,THEN MAYBE YOU SHOULD JUST HAVE YOUR OWN AND LET YOUR MEMBERS PICKET AT YOUR FUNERAL FOR BEING PIECES OF $#*@

819 days ago
137.

Dirk    

Way to go TMZ, you gave WBC EXACTLY what they wanted...free publicity.

819 days ago
138.

Jonathan L. Craft    

Margie J. Phelps is nothing but a hinger closet celebrity trying to walk in the foot steps of her closet gay father. She best think twice if she doesnt want issues. PA doesnt condone white trailer like herself messing with something of greatness. I urge you to thik twice trailer park trash before stepping foot into PA. God will destroy YOUR kind. Get the picture. He destroyed Sodom and Gamora to a pillar of salt and he and karma and the guides and faith will destroy you too.

819 days ago
139.

Rottweiler    

I wouldn't expect less...

819 days ago
140.

sheena    

ya and when this evil non baptist church dies we should all picket their funeral and let them see how it feels to their own when people are greiving a loss of their love one to have disgusting jerk off pigs like them at their own funeral or just ...cant post on here

819 days ago
141.

Benz0    

Patriot Guard will be onsite to drown these idiots out...God Bless America

These people are NOT blessed by God

819 days ago
142.

Kaffee    

Westboro Baptist Church are hateful people for all they've done at funerals in the past. I think maybe they will be sorry when they meet the Penn State faithful--hope so!!!

819 days ago
143.

tryingtocopewithidiotslikeu    

Here's a news flash...Hell will be filled with all the religious hypocrites like you! Think about it. What good could possibly be coming from you? You are classic politics in religion. Free to criticize others with no accountability for your own actions. This world needs less people like you not more.

819 days ago
144.

DDBS    

Thanks to the Supreme Court these *******s can picket at funerals and there's not a damned thing anyone can do about it. I hope the Penn State football team opens a can of whoop-ass on the sick bastards.

819 days ago
145.

jbcc    

they are the definiton of trolls

819 days ago
146.

jsnatchko    

why do these people have twitter? if they hate america and what we stand for so much, why do they take part in our pop culture. i bet they vote in american idol too! lol these are sick people

819 days ago
147.

GOLLY    

Harvey, why would you even publish this story? It is a non story. Do you have an in with this baptist church? It seems like PETA, Kardashian, Gloria alred and westboro you publish all their stories. Don't you understand no one gives a crap? Only you do.

819 days ago
148.

Rottweiler    

I wish they would picket the Occupy Wallstreet trolls, perhaps Sean Penn and Hugo Chavez.

819 days ago
149.

Whalen67    

I think people should go to these "church members" private homes and picket. 24/7. Until they see the "light". I see on their web site.. They will be picketing a HIGH SCHOOL tomorrow.. If you can't have GOD in the school, these nuts should be arrested for picketing " in the name of GOD" outside the school. If our government wanted to do something about these GODLESS fools. It would be done!

819 days ago
150.

URSilly    

This church is not a church run by the following or teachings of God, it is a church run by Man. This church does not glorify God with the sin they commit.

They can keep calling themselves a church all they want, but it is a man run cult.

819 days ago
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