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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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Nina Leshley    

some how I can't fathom Christians, from any church, being so judgemental to picket a funeral, anyones funeral,
go home, leave Joes family and friends say their farewell in peace. God Bless JoPa and God forgive those that are being so disrespectful.

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122.

brandi    

Isn't a CHURCH supposed to be about forgiveness... Let the man rest in peace.. He's an angel now.. They r only tormenting his family... Leave them alone.. Get a life and some GOD IN YOUR CHURCH.. SHAME ON WESBORO...... Rip Joe... Moon walk with the king of pop...

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123.

Fruitysudz    

It sure would be a shame if some people were to slash all their tires.

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124.

Tasha    

People like these guys piss me off. Protesting funerals. What is done is done, let the Man rest and peace and let GOD judge him not those fools. It is like picketing military funerals, and Sadly nothing can be done to stop them without violating their right to Free Speech. But some people take it WAY too far. I wonder how god will judge these people.

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125.

BB in CA    

Psycho Westboro Baptist people judging others.
All Republican candidates encourage this type of insanity with your negative remarks about homosexuals.

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126.

MsRita    

I have to say I agree with what they are doing. Its a right thing for all children involed. He knew what was going on with those boys. His rep was more important than the kid the were forced to give a blow jobs and let that old men f u ck them in their azz I ABOSULITY HATE MEN WHO MOLSEST KIDS SANDYSKY ROTHLISTBERGER WOMEN.

FOOTBALL IS A BUNCH OF WUSSIES THAT PRAY THE MOST INNOCENT KIDS UNDER 18.

YOU NO LONGER ALLOWED TO BE CALLED HAPPY VALLEY. PERVERTS ALLEY. THIS CREEKY ASS COACH DIED SO DOES NOT HAVE TO TESTIFY. HE IS GUITY OF THE CHILD MOLESTING ALSO

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127.

wiptidoo    

They do this kind of stuff and call themselves a church???

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128.

Sherron    

I DO NOT in any way agree with what Joe Patetno did, too me it was wrong and despicable. However the members of this church are CRAZY NUTS who in my opinion DO NOT REPRESENT God in anyway or form!

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129.

Cole    

I'd hardly call them a "church," ladies and gentlemen.

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130.

melissa    

Westboro, you are crossing the line between communism and religion. I believe even in your twisted version the bible you are told not to judge others.

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131.

YouDontSay    

Picketing funerals. God doesn't roll that way.

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132.

Kristen    

Joe Paterno was not the sleezeball Sandusky was. Paterno did not rape the kids and he did what any person would do at the time and position. Don't lie, if you were in the same position you'd have acted the same way.
Westboro baptist can't consider themselves followers of God, because if they were they would be consumed with picketing Sandusky, the pedo rapist, not the funeral of a man who helped his team players gain character and become the people they are today.
Wesboro baptist..you guys need to keep your freakin noses out of everyone's business and stop building up your list of sins for hell cuz you have far too many the way it is.

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133.

perez    

well paterno is a piece of crap, but westboro church are sick in the head for these things and hopefully someone gets them back.

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134.

PAE    

Coach Paterno did what protocal asked him to....He did not witness the child abuse, he was informed and what actually was told to him? He reported what he was told.
The man did so much good for the University and students, why is that forgotten. How can you as a chuch and I would think you call yourselves christians be so hatefull?
I will pray for you people, because you surely need it!

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135.

Stop The Madness    

What a way for the church to go against the Word. I thought that only God could judge. Who are they to condemn people to hell?

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