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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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auntiehicks    

These are Christians?!?!

969 days ago
32.

Just Me    

Very interesting comments. He stood by while children(boys) were being RAPED, BUT he did a lot for Penn State. You Joe Paterno lovers for some reason are very accepting of CHILD RAPE. Hmmmm!

969 days ago
33.

TrueThat    

WBC - THE MAN HAS PASSED AWAY, YOU ARE THE EVIL ONES TO EVEN THINK OF DOING SOMETHING LIKE THAT. WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING? I DON'T KNOW PATERNO PERSONALLY BUT TO PICKET AT A FUNERAL IS REALLY LOW AND DISGUSTING IF I LIVED CLOSE TO WHERE YOU PLANNED ON PICKETING I'D PUNCH EVERY ONE OF YOU IN THE FACE FOR NOT ALLOWING THE MAN TO HAVE A PEACEFUL RESTING PLACE, WHICH EVERYONE ON THIS EARTH DESERVES REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU FEEL. HE LIVED HE DIED LET HIM REST IN PEACE.

969 days ago
34.

Shut up PolarBear    

I'm not gay, I don't live in Kansas but I would like to see a gay flash mob stand near Westboro Baptist Church and protest them by having the world's largest gay make-out session, heck even I'd kiss/make out with another girl just to piss the hate mongering hypocrites off! Flipping attention whores they make me sick.

969 days ago
35.

Joe    

I dont remember anything about this at all. What was Steve Jobs connection with homosexuality ?

969 days ago
36.

B Hayward    

This is ridiculous what this church is threatening - to picket Joe Paterno's funeral! Disgusting!!!

969 days ago
37.

She's baaaack    

Those Westboro men probably jerk off every time they think about Sandusky and wish it was them. Maybe it is them. I'm so sick of self righteous Christians. They give regular believers a bad name.

969 days ago
38.

tgrfan42069    

they picket funerals for fame.wont be worth much when they are burning in hell

969 days ago
39.

Sarah    

yea. im a penn stater. do you know how many penn state alumni there are ? yea try and picket his funeral see what happens. HE IS NOT JERRY SANDUSKY STOP ATTACKING HIM LIKE HE IS.

969 days ago
40.

Dolores    

Gee who needs God? These people do all the judging & condemning all by themselves. How do we spell that number one sis? PRIDE.

969 days ago
41.

WOW...    

Exactly what God do these people worship? Certainly isn't the Christian God and His son Jesus Christ....what part of if you do not forgive others then you will not be forgiven yourself, or love thy enemy, or return evil for evil to no-one, or maybe remove the rafter from your own eye before you try and extract the splinter from your brothers, Or my fav, you will know his people by the love they have for one another and their neighbors. I could go on and on...If I was to protest anything, which I wouldn't because Jesus Christ said to be partial and no part of these worldly affairs, I would protest these people for claiming to be Christian and giving God a bad name....shame on you snakes and vipers...those that you protest will inherit Gods kingdom before you do...REPENT, and turn away from the devil You haters! God will take care of these matters in his own time, he does not need or WANT your help...read the bible!!!!!

969 days ago
42.

Stephanie    

Get ready for more than you can handle, Westboro. Those students will take you out. Quickly. And the police will not tolerate you in that small town either. May you all rot in Hell for even thinking of picketing this man's funeral.

969 days ago
43.

nan    

What a bunch of attn whores...
they are pathetic

969 days ago
44.

Buster    

Thanks for giving them more attention TMZ. You suck.

969 days ago
45.

rosebud    

these monsters should not be able to protest anywhere ,but our government allows them to do it,because of our freedoms even if they hurt other people .they should mind there own business and stop changing the words in the bible to soot there own evil ways,if there is a heaven and hell ,they will all go to hell ,but thats gods decision to make not mine and the only reason Im commenting here is those low life bastards have no right to go anywhere near a military funeral,and why they are given rights to do so blows my mind.there is right and there is wrong,and these sick people are wrong ,a real baptist does not think like them ,so why they call themselves baptists is for another time to discuss,but these morons are all in the same family,and they are a small group of idiots.so that says alot about the westboro baptist sickos.

969 days ago
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