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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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Michell    

Something is seriously wrong with people who think they can make Gods judgement.

914 days ago
242.

Tasha    

WESTBORO FREAKING SUCKS!! THEY ARE BEYOND RIDICULOUS

914 days ago
243.

HAHAHA    

Let he without sin, cast the first stone

914 days ago
244.

leslie    

oh wow. i'm appalled at reading this. very christian like behavior. geesh.

914 days ago
245.

tlcmk    

Now this is a Westboro picket I can get behind.

914 days ago
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cory brewer    

this church is filled with idoits.. go picket sandusky's house.. leave joe pa alone as he didnt do anything wrong. he reported what he was told to his bosses..

914 days ago
247.

Rae    

Burn the damn church down....

914 days ago
248.

nah worries    

But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, matt 5:44...
turns out their goin to hell. check mate.

914 days ago
249.

kitten    

they tried to intimate us in joplin mo after the tornado,, they are lo life
's with no life

914 days ago
250.

Carol L    

Ah yes, Christians. Gotta love them. So Christ-like.

914 days ago
251.

A    

Why I don't think he did everything he could to deal with that terrible Penn State ordeal...he does NOT need this. No one does. This is the craziest urch ever (i can't think of a name for it - it shouldn't even be called a church.)

914 days ago
252.

cari    

My guess is that if they piss enough students off they will either 1) the kids will break the law and kick their asses 2) get into a stabbing mob, and the rest of the mob will distract the police while the stabbers leave

914 days ago
253.

regis    

I don't care, he was involved. There is still cover up.

914 days ago
254.

Cindy    

Im ashamed to call myself a Christian with people like this..THIS IS NOT GOD!

914 days ago
255.

Colleen    

RIP. You did the best you knew.

914 days ago
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