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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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The next time the Westboro Baptist Church ladies stick a sign in your face and scream at you, stick a sign back in their face that reminds them of the bible verses that tell women to keep their mouths shut.

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but [they are commanded] to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

1 Timothy 2:11-12 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

How about GOD HATES PREACHING WOMEN, or GOD SAID STFU BITCH, and then give the chapter and verse reference abbreviation at the bottom, like 1Cor 14:34 or 1Tim 2:12.

1004 days ago


Need to get a couple paintball teams out there to unload about 1000 rounds of paintballs on their signs.

1004 days ago


They are protected by law and do they have special protected areas they picket in. They love press, and they feed off the hate of others. I too lived around this inbred cult-considering the only people in the church are all family members-and like a previous commenter stated, they aren't liked in Topeka either. Give them a better offer (money)or bribe, and they won't show up. Worked for them not showing up in Arizona after the shooting.

1004 days ago


What the HELL is becoming of this world. How can people that believe in God do such awful things. How would you feel if someone you loved died and they would picket their funeral. Some day the shoe will be on the other foot for these people of Westboro Church. Do you thing God would be happy with your actions? I DON'T THINK SO !!!!!!

1003 days ago


you know if i was a "church" full of douchebags that just got sued for 10 million dollars in a civil suit, it would prolly make me think twice about my flagrant douchebagery

1003 days ago


What the hell is wrong with the world today?

1003 days ago


They see dollar signs whenever there's a funeral. They will protest and instigate just waiting for a fight. Then they will sue. They are hoping that one of the Penn State players hits them and then they'll rake in a huge judgement. These pathetic pieces of sh!t are all lawyers....go figure!

1003 days ago

Rev. David French    

The Pastor and Congregation of this Church should be ashamed. How do you know where Joe Paterno's heart was before he passed away? That man I am sure was sorry a thousand times over for what happened. How do you know that Joe Pa didn't ask God to forgive him? The last time I looked the Bible says in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins God is faithful to forgive us of all of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

I am a Pastor of small Church in Florida and our message to everyone is no matter what you have done, Jesus still Loves you and only God can change you by knowing His great love. It seems to me Westboro Baptist Church is promoting a message of hate and condemnation. It is people like you that give Christians a bad name because you are self-righteous. What makes you any different then the religious people who falsely accused Jesus and had Him crucified? Not a whole lot in my book.

Our Church as well as my prayers go out to the Joe Paterno family and the University of Penn State this week. The past 4 months have been a very trying time! Also, our prayers are still with the family of the victims. We pray that they will find peace and healing through Jesus Christ through all of this!

1002 days ago

Phyllis Johnson    

If this is your religion--I would never want to be a Babtist

1002 days ago


The WBC is a bunch of trolls who can't afford a computer, so they have taken their vocation to the streets.

999 days ago


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