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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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I'm kind of surprised they aren't picketing on support of him and his crimes.

1002 days ago


If they actually attempt to do this, I think they will finally meet a force that is actually to be reckoned with. Penn State students have a tendency to be very passionate about JoePa and are not shy when it comes to protesting/rioting themselves. They'll be trampled if they actually attempt to do this.

1002 days ago


I hope they do it would be a good thing if they did please do.lol goodbye baptist church

1002 days ago


good! ****ing freaks, but I am totally glad that something is done so that it's not all pretty please and oh what a good man died. he's a ****ing prick that remained silent instead of protecting those little children he choose to protect himself and sandusky, child rapist. burn in hell you ****.

1002 days ago


Not a huge fan of Paterno due to the way he dealt with the Sandusky situation but the Westboro Baptist Church is picketing his funeral so that means Paterno did something right in his life.

1002 days ago

Respector of privacy    

Westboro Baptist Church needs to stay away from thePaterno funeral just because it is the right thing to do. A funeral is for the family and friends to celebrate the life their way. It is God's job to judge and not man's. Tthis will be a big event and some so called Christians from westboro need to stay the hell out of there. This could be your family going through this. And is the worst day of their lives and they have bben through hell since this mees came about. I am sure that JoePa lived a hell inside him knowing what he knew. We cannot turn back time but can go on and let God in his infinite way take care of this.

1002 days ago


what is wrong with these people? they are truly insane... or maybe just plain evil.

1002 days ago


I'm a Penn State student and I find this to be absolutely wrong and disturbing. If they even TRY to picket at his funeral, they will really get whats coming to them. And it will make that riot look tame.

1002 days ago


If this church has ever had a reason to picket anything, this seems like it.

Paterno allowed kids to be abused and did nothing to stop it. He was an enabler. I dont care that he could run an offense, I care about kids.

Sandusky deserves death. Paterno deserves no praise.

1002 days ago

Mike L    

What a F*cking *sshole!!! Hope somebody pop a cap right between her eyes.

1002 days ago


Truly Stunning! I totally agree with the comment that Penn State students and townspeople will never stand by and let these assh*@%# try to picket the funeral of a wonderful man who did so much for their school and community. Wait until the students get ahold of them! Someone needs to shut these people down permanently...they are the ones that are, without a doubt, are going to burn in hell!

1002 days ago


OMGosh!....a church's statement.....REALLY?
You people are not the judgment! Only God is....and not to respect that......SHAME ON EACH OF YOU!

1002 days ago


These people are filled with so much hatred inside of them every time you post something about them. What part of "Love thy neighbor" don't they understand. The problem is people are quick to tell people how they're supposed to live, without doing the same..

1002 days ago

Gods Son    

U R piece of **** bastards. U will burn in hell come judgement day!!!!!!!!!!

1002 days ago


He was a great coach who did lots of wonderful things for his community. The man is dead, whatever happens is between he & God. THAT'S the only one who should judge him now. Why be so disrespectful to the friends and family members who will be burying him? They didn't do anything and should have the right to say their goodbyes in peace. He's dead, get over it..

1002 days ago
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