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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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46.

Sarah    

West Baptist Church..... does THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE LEST YOU BE JUDGED....ring a bell!!! I would be very careful what I do in the name of GOD he will have to answer to the crimes he committed but you will also have to answer for yours, and in God's eyes a sin is a sin no matter how its dressed up..

971 days ago
47.

rini6    

I'll consider it news when that friggin' church does not picket someone's funeral. They are truly frightening people.

971 days ago
48.

sharkhunter    

There are just some very sick bastards (Westboro that is , not Joe Pa) out there. The westboro bastards picket celebs, and service men and women who have died honorably defending this country. WESTBORO "CHURCH" = S***

971 days ago
49.

Blue    

How can these Westboro clowns think they are doing God's work? All they are is a bunch of attention wh*res who hurt the family of the deceased in their time of sorrow and grief. I don't get it?

971 days ago
50.

crystal    

Westboro is not a church, it is cult.

971 days ago
51.

AC    

Picketing funerals only hurts the family and friends. Regardless of what the person did in life does not warrant this. WBC are the biggest trolls in America.

971 days ago
52.

candace    

Wow these people are not Christians because we don't judge. Therefore they are not perfect either. Must be the same group who picket at fallen soldiers funerals too. God would be ashamed of you.

971 days ago
53.

Bellaca    

I swear, if I am mourning a deceased loved one and those Westboro a-holes show up, all of them will end up in the grave, too.

971 days ago
54.

Dani    

As much as I dislike the Westboro Baptist church, this guy was slime and people need to know how corrupt and depraved Paterno was. While he was good at being a sports guy, he was also down with letting a molester ruin lives and im sorry you cant ignore that.

971 days ago
55.

Me    

Westboro's cuckoo for cocoa puffs.

971 days ago
56.

Redskin_Chick    

Arent these the same a-holes that protest Military funerals? Disgusting people for protesting our hero's (the military)funerals. How dare they.

971 days ago
57.

Billy    

Oh yea, it can't get any better than this. I haven no respect for that church, but I have even less respect for Paterno. Man, I'm thrilled to hear this. Chant loud guys, chant loud!!! Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Jo PA way to go....you piece of Sh!et. Glad you are rotting in hell. Enjoy your time with Michael Jackson.

971 days ago
58.

Eric     

These people are sick. They hold up signs like "Thank god for dead soldiers" at the soldiers funeral. This isn't a church they a hate group almost like the KKK.

971 days ago
59.

Truth    

"What drew their attention" is that many cameras will be there, you idiots. They are happy you posted this, happy that some get all upset about them. That's what they want.

971 days ago
60.

xdustinx    

Okay, seriously - any of you demeaning Westboro Baptist Church in defense of Joe Paterno are ****ing ridiculous. The man COVERED UP his defensive coordinator engaging in CHILD RAPE! Seriously! RIP Joe Paterno? I don't give a **** about WBC, but this is one funeral I would happily look the other way as they picket. This man doesn't deserve one ounce of your respect.

971 days ago
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