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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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And thats the truth    

It is not a "church" really. It is a large family. Since they call themselves a "church" they do not pay any income taxes. The Dad is the "pastor" and his disciples are his adult kids who are attorneys. They picketed at a Marines funeral and the dad of the solder tried to retaliate during his sons funeral. They proceeded to sue him, he lost, and he had to pay the court fees. He was on Bill O'Reilly and Bill paid his court fees for him. The only sin that I see are them. They need to be beat at their own game.

969 days ago

Bob the Builder3000    

"Worth NOTHING to him now."

Yes, it has the same worth as your self-rightious, righteous, pretentious crap will have to you when you die, too.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not fan of Paterno, but this faux religious freak show is not that grand a thing, either. Picketing funerals is just harassing the people who loved someone ( who is now dead. Hardly any reason to be proud of that.

969 days ago


These people are the s*** of the earth. They are hypocrites and total delusions of what the bible teaches. They are the ones who will burn in hell. I live in Kansas so I'm always hearing about these people.

969 days ago


thats and awful thing to do, hes dead, he will be judged, by somebody higher than us sinners.............He paid for his sins.....................leave him alone, so his family can grieve in peace................

969 days ago


How these hate mongers can call themselves part of a church is beyond me... Let them show up at Paterno's funeral and protest, they'll only be out numbered! Idiots!

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969 days ago


I can't wait to meet these ingrates in hell.

969 days ago


BTW, prioritizing image, careers and profit over the safety of children is unexcusable. Period. But then most aware these days that crimes being perpetrated against children/ minors such as pedophelia, statatory rape and molestation are and have been not only tolerated but covered up by those the entertainment industry for years now. Even if/ when the truth does come out the families want to safegaurd their income from estates so they defend or stay silent. If only the rich and famous were forced to face the same legal consequences for these criminal acitivity as the avg person then we might actually make some progress. Until then? Sad. I pray for the kids who are abused at the hands of the rich.

969 days ago


Un-Christian *******s.

969 days ago


Hopefully some equally crazy Penn State fans will get a hold of these Westboro freaks.

969 days ago


This would be the only chance that the Child Rape State students have to redeem themselves by punching a few of these s***bags square in the mouth.

I know what they do is protected by law but it's disgusting and it's wrong and it's about time somebody who's off his rocker that attacks homeless or congress people bring his gun and gives these people their turn.

Just check out their web site at WWW.GODHATES***S.COM it's unreal.

969 days ago


Westboro is not a church, they are demons of the Satan's Church. I am ashamed at they call themselves Baptists because I was brought up as Baptist. John the Baptist would declared them as Blasphmeus! As other comments stated, Penn State's students & security will never let as I called them Anti-Baptists near the Funeral. To all students and staff and his family of my condolences plus apologized of those called themselves Baptists who they are not....RIP JOEPA!!!

969 days ago

HRH Prince Michael    

It's Sunday, so, O.K., I'll take the bait:
Firstly, my condolences and prayers for the Family, Friends,
Loved-ones, and colleagues of Mr. Joe Paterno.
I was honored to speak with him -briefly- on several-occasions, in 1995 (Penn St. Vs. Oregon). His humility
and kindness -towards a hotel-employee- was refreshingly shocking. May The True and Living YAHWEH, rest his soul.

Secondly, the mean-spirited agenda of the Westboro Baptist "Church", is to CHRISTanity, what "gangsta" Rap is
to great Music: An once of Truth, covered with a ton of Hate. Then, carefully packaged and marketed to the masses.

Be sure, Homosexuality is an abomination, before The Most Holy Creator, The TRUE and Living YAHWEH. Not unlike Adultery, ***********, and Lust -to name a few- fleshly Sins, that lead ultimately to Death.

Yet, rather than preach the TRUE message of The Most Merciful and Loving Christ King YESHUA - Repent and Live, Repent and Live, REPENT AND LIVE!- like so many self-proclaimed "CHRISTians", Westboro chooses to focus upon
condemnation, rather than RECONCILIATION.

My message to Homosexuals, Adulterers, Fornicators, and
the Westboro Baptist "Church"? REPENT and LIVE!

Psalm2_012 is NOW, The Most Blessed Christ King YESHUA, reigns!

969 days ago


This is just horrible. Do I agree with the way Paterno handled the child molestation situation? Not at all, but I'm nobody's judge. Whos to say I wouldnt have made the same mistake in his shoes. Westboro has a funny way of interpreting the Bible. The Bible clearly states to preach the gospel out of love, so as for the whole terrorizing soldiers, gays, dead people, thats going straight against what God wants. The only place punishment for specific groups is condoned is in the old testament and after Jesus died it was made clear that we are no longer "under the law", meaning, setting people on fire and stoning them has no place in the societies following Jesus's death. As for JoePa, hes gone, his fate and judgment is in the hands of God, not a group of bigots. They should really make a case against this group disturbing the peace of the funeral is they go through with their plans.

969 days ago


Why is anyone even caring what this joke of a church does? They have no power, and if they wanna stand outside a funeral holding signs and chanting what they think are clever slogans then let them waste their lives on a worthless cause.

969 days ago
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