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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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kim    

HEY WESTBORO CREEPS HOE'S... PLEASE let ME KNOW when one of YOUR FOLLOWERS DIES... THAT way I can water YOUR GRAVES with my very OWN SPECIAL BLEND of BICH PIS... "THE CARMA CLOWNS FROM HELL" ARE A COMIN FOR YA... IT'S OK TO BE GAY, IT'S OK TO BE STRAIT, ONLY GOD AND A GOOD HEART CHOSE ONE'S FATE...

952 days ago
77.

fernando    

A least this time she didn't tweet from her iphone.

952 days ago
78.

Hols    

this church does not represent my God. they are shameful. If they have a point they want to make, find a productive / constructive way to make it. Picketing any funeral is just plain wrong. JoePa and his family deserve the right to a respectful honoring of the man.

952 days ago
79.

Ericajxx    

ain't religion grand!?!?!

952 days ago
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kristan weist    

Wow! What a bunch of animals! It was not JOPA that was doing those nasty things to the kids. Real christians don't picket!!! They let God do his job. What a bunch of F*^king idiots!

952 days ago
81.

HumanNature    

THEY ARE NOT RIGHT!!!!


WHY DON'T THEY GO AND PICKET THE REAL PERPETRATOR, PEDO SANDUSKY!!!


HE'S ALIVE!!!!

952 days ago
82.

Rtw1    

Hey sickos from this made up plastic religion. You all better bring an umbrella and rain gear. The piss balloons will be launched and plentiful.

952 days ago
83.

Nichole K    

The only people that are going to hell are these people. To call them a "church" should be offensive to any christian. They need to call themselves a cult. Psycos.

952 days ago
84.

erkg    

The only thing worse than the scandal is what these people are planning to do - let him die and pass on in peace. Is anyone keeping track of these losers so that the normal public can protest at their funerals?

952 days ago
85.

Casey    

I never say anything like this but that bitch should die. Seriously. She is gonna go hell and hope she burns like the piece of **** she si.

952 days ago
86.

Angel    

This makes me sick. Gos says not to judge others and these people are from a church! What is our world coming too? I wonder what Jesus would say to and do to these people when they pass on!

952 days ago
87.

USArmy    

The executives at Penn State are responsible for this. They threw him under the bus and contributed to his death.

952 days ago
88.

Mitch     

I really hope they are picketing because I can tell you they will not be there that long..I will give them 10 minutes before they ALL get the **** kicked out of them.

952 days ago
89.

Nick    

WBC, you are an embarrassment to the Christian faith. You are morally and fundamentally reprehensible.

You have passed judgement when judgment is not yours to pass. You hide behind the first amendment but you promote nothing more than that of hate speech. The first amedment does not protect your hate speech you should be prosecuted and your IRS tax status as a religious organization should be revoked. It is because of groups like you that people misunderstand the true meaning of Christianity and have turned their back on the faith. Do us real Christians a favor and don't use our faith as your crutch or promotional tool to spew your garbage.

952 days ago
90.

JamieWilson    

Hey TMZ, why do you ass clowns give these ass clowns media attention. It is exactly what they want. You are just as responsible for their popularity. What is the point in reporting about these people? Oh, it makes you money and it is easy "news" for you to report on.

952 days ago
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