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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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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

1006 days ago


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!!

1006 days ago


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

1006 days ago


"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...

1006 days ago


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

1006 days ago


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

1006 days ago


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.

1006 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Westboro Baptist Church are terrorists.

1006 days ago


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.

1006 days ago


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

1006 days ago


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.

1006 days ago


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.

1006 days ago


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

1006 days ago


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

1006 days ago


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.

1006 days ago
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