*They’re at it again.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which has picketed the funerals of U.S. servicemen and planned to picket the funerals of Sandy Hook shooting victims, announced this morning that they plan to picket today’s funeral of film critic Roger Ebert, who died last week at age 70 following a lengthy battle with cancer.
The “church” said Ebert “mocked” them in a 2011 tweet, in which he called the group “odious.” The group slammed the film critic as a “fool” who “sold his soul for some fame and fortune,” Newser reported. In a press release, the group also referred to Ebert as a “f-g enabler” who is headed for “eternal torment and sorrow in Hell,” the Hollywood Reporter said.
The Chicago Tribune reported that Mr. Ebert’s funeral is set to start at 10 a.m. CDT at Holy Name Cathedral, and a large crowd is expected. A memorial service is scheduled for Thursday, the Tribune reported, but details have not yet been released.
*Baptists should be really pissed off with those annoying members of their denomination that use their ministry for sensational displays like protesting funerals for homosexuals, celebrities and members of the military.
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We reported that these same nuts threatened to protest Whitney Houston’s funeral.
Westboro Baptist Church’s latest stunt includes an ad for the already embattled Rush Limbaugh show. (more…)
A Westboro Baptist Church picket sign of singer Whitney Houston
*The christian community’s crazy cousins are at it again with more drama.
There is one church that is known for protesting celebrity funerals, funerals for homosexuals and soldiers. They are some form of extreme right wing baptists.
The Westboro Baptist Church out of Topeka, Kansas, is a real nutball organization that finds it offensive that people would honor
*Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church says it will send members of its congregation to protest the funeral of Elizabeth Edwards this Saturday, CNN reports.
The church has generated controversy with its confrontational and offensive demonstrations. “God Hates Fags” has become an unofficial calling card of the group, a phrase they say the world “needs to hear more than it needs oxygen, water and bread.” Another Westboro sign, “Thank God For Dead Soldiers,” is frequently displayed at military funerals and has created its own share of outrage.
In a promotional flier for the upcoming protest, the church references John and Elizabeth Edwards’s son Wade, who died in a car crash in 1996:
“When they were visited from the Most High God with the death of their 16-year-old son, they did not humble themselves before His mighty hand. They reared up in rage, decided they would show God who is boss, and meddled in matters of the womb, resulting in 2 more children — now motherless.”
The church goes on to claim that she is now a “resident of hell, where her rebellion and rage will take full flower.”
Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of former Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards, died earlier this week at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer. She is survived by her husband and three children.
Here’s the Westboro Baptist Church’s memo on their protest: