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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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this is not a church - more like the klan

969 days ago


Everyone at the West Baptist Church is going to HELL for passing judgement and spreading hate on others. Someone forgot to tell them that only God judges!

969 days ago


this is not a true representation of Christ! SHAME ON YOU calling yourself a church body?

969 days ago


You are SICKOS Westboro. Get a life!!!!

969 days ago


Getting rid of Westboro Baptist Church is fairly easy, it just takes an attorney with balls. The church has violated a number of IRS laws that could have their religious tax breaks removed. This includes their involvement with Fred Phelps' presidential run.

Additionally, I would encourage people to contact Twitter asking them to remove the hate from their website. Facebook and Google+ have removed them...Twitter needs to follow to help silence their voice.

969 days ago


seems as though BOTH sides are disgusting...those who support the COWARD and those who choose too be fools...if they should burn the church down, why not burn his statue down with it?

969 days ago



I'm throwing down in Bon Temps with the rest of them fangbangers, vamp freaks and shapeshifters. ::throws mad shade at Lafayette::

969 days ago


Westboro Baptist Church seems to read the a different bible then the rest of us. My bible says that we are not supposed to judge one another. No man, or woman, should look at someone elses life and think that they know better than everyone else. I understand if you don't like something but don't press your views on everyone else. You're no better than all the other groups that tell people what to do, say, how to raise their children. God has the final say, not any one church or any one person. Live your own lives, work our your own salvation and let everyone else do the same.

969 days ago


these people make me sick, they are not a "church" like they claim, they are a CULT. They brainwash their own children and anyone else who will listen, their way of thinking is just insane. Who are they to say who is going to hell or not? How can they call themselves "Christians" when they are so driven with hate? Has anyone ever seen the do***entry about this deranged family? its called "The Most Hated Family In America" that film REALLY shows you how crazy and stupid they really are. How dare they picket at peoples funeral, especially a military funeral, those brave soldiers put their lives on the line to fight for our country. What did these whackjob cult members ever do for this country? NOTHING! all they do is preach hate (which is something God would never do) if they picket at Joe Paterno's funeral...I hope the people of Penn State chase them out of there. Did you see how angry Penn State was when Joe Paterno got fired? they were so mad there was a riot...and they will be FURIOUS when they see The Westboro Cult there. Why don't they go after the real bad guy and picket outside of Sandusky's place, now that would make more sense.

969 days ago


Religious whackos. Unfathomable to protest at a funeral. Unreal.

969 days ago

JoePa Fan    

They had better do their protesting behind a wall of police, those PSU students emotions are raw right now and I would strongly suggest not aggravating them. Let the family, friends and students mourn in peace.

969 days ago

Dragon Of Darkness    

I hope they do, so that the Penn State students beat the crap out of them. We all saw what they did when Joe Paterno was fired. Imagine what they'll do if they see these guys.

969 days ago


Westboro Church-you are a disgrace to Christianity! You people make me sick-knowing you are out there "representing Christians" You are nothing but judgement evil people who are pushing people away from Christianity because they think we are all nuts and hating psycho's like you all. You will be sorry one day...

969 days ago


It is time to ignore these idiots and they will wither and die STOP giving them PUBLICITY!

969 days ago


I refuse to give these people anymore attention. Because, clearly, that is what they are after.

969 days ago
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