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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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61.

flrme    

Oh come on people!! The man had nothing to do with what happened at Penn State. If you think about it, he was simply an employee. What do you do when you see or hear something bad at work(he never actually saw anything)???? You tell your boss or higher authority, which he did, including campus police were notified. Penn State is at fault for all of this sh*t not Paterno. They didn't do anything about it until it all came out and to protect their asses, put all the blame on Paterno, SMH. RIP JOEPA

815 days ago
62.

Blah_Blah_Blah    

If you gve them any attention then they win. They are hoping to draw emotonal responses from people. The last funeral they picketed here in Kansas they were kept at such a distance no one even knew they were there. There is nothing legally you can do to stop these people so its best to just ignore them and quit giving them any press!! Yes they are all crazy!!

815 days ago
63.

Paula    

I think Westboro coo coos must have a Kardshian guiding them somewhere down the line......???

815 days ago
64.

Alyssa    

"He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first" (John 8:7).

Perhaps the Westboro Baptist Church needs to review their bible...

815 days ago
65.

Paula    

The Westboro coo coos must have the Kardashian matriarch advising them.....

815 days ago
66.

Maverick    

This is the ONE AND ONLY time I am glad that Westboro Baptist Church is picketing a funeral.

815 days ago
67.

Nipper    

This bunch of Westboro jerks are shameless publicity whores-what do they stand for? Certainly not Christian compassion--I hope God rewards their actions accordingly. They are disgusting.

815 days ago
68.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Westboro Baptist Church are terrorists.

815 days ago
69.

karma12    

I hope it was a long and painful death. I hope that the faces and cries of the children were with him and will forever surround him. He deserved nothing better. As a man, and father, he should have done something. He was a horrible excuse for a man and a waste of space. If there is a God then he should NOT RIP.

815 days ago
70.

Isuldor    

Oh yes, because Christianity has never had a pedophile included as a member.

815 days ago
71.

Nipper    

These Westboro "Christians" are self-serving, publicity-seeking, self-righteous punks who stand for hatred and bigotry. May God reward them accordingly for the hateful actions they take in His Name.

815 days ago
72.

PokerStar    

The moral to this story: Holding on to deep dark secrets can literally make you ill. The good book says the truth shall set you free. Get free people and may JoePa RIP. It is a sad day for his family and friends.

815 days ago
73.

Lynn    

I think it's wrong to picket but this man ....knew a little boy was raped and didn't do a thing!,, he should rot in HELL

815 days ago
74.

Lynn    

Horrible! Let him rest in peace. Have some compassion for his family.

815 days ago
75.

SheBe    

This will be the last place they ever picket because Penn State students and fans will shut them down on site no questions asked. They will be lucky if no one gets hurt or killed. Not condoning the actions of the staff because we don't know the truth. HOWEVER, what happened to "let he without sin cast the first stone". Westbrook needs to fix their own F'ed up issues.

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