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Westboro (‘God hates fags’) church to picket Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral

Thursday, March 24, 2011

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, announced plans to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Taylor, who died early Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Westboro’s website, which was subsequently pulled after their servers crashed, church leader Fred Phelps said:

The death of Elizabeth Taylor provides yet more proof that Almighty God’s justice is divine and righteous, if not always swift. [...]

Her efforts to thwart AIDS — a plague sent by God to wipe the unclean beasts from His grace — have been punished.

Ms. Taylor’s passage into Hell should also serve as a warning to all the Christ-killing Jews and queers and atheists in Hollywood. You are the measure of the company you keep…

Margie Phelps, daughter of Fred Phelps, tweeted obsessively on Wednesday, calling Taylor a “proud whore” and a “gay enabler” for her work in fighting HIV/AIDS.

Taylor, who worked tirelessly on behalf of AIDS-related charities and fund raising, helped start amfAR after her former co-star and friend, Rock Hudson, succumbed to AIDS. She created her own AIDS foundation, the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation, and by 1999, had helped to raise an estimated $50 million to fight the disease.

The Topeka-based church first gained national attention when, in 1998, they protested at the funeral of Matthew Shepard with signs that read “No Fags in Heaven” and “God Hates Fags.”

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that the Westboro church would be allowed to picket funerals by relying on their First Amendment rights to free speech.

The Westboro church is not affiliated with the Baptist denomination or any other Baptist church. According to news reports, almost all of its members — fewer than 100 — are related to founder Fred Phelps either by blood or marriage.

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30 more reader comments:

  1. Oh wow…really?

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:01am
  2. This is BS!! I hope that God sends them all straight to hell for their actions!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:01am
  3. to bad i cant really say whats on my mind at this point without being worried faccebook will become mad

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:01am
  4. GOD! I don’t know why this surpises me. Why can’t they just leave people alone?

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:01am
  5. That is beyond wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:02am
  6. Evil people.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:02am
  7. They just need to remember karma is a bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:02am
  8. Are they serious? They need a life!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:02am
  9. These people make me so sick…

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:02am
  10. they’re going down

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:03am
  11. Oh look, the classless, disrespectful idiots come out once again to just further prove their own stupidity. Its amazing how much publicity this one small and insignificant church gets because of its extreme behavior. Stop giving them the spotlight and let them fade away into obscurity.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:03am
  12. I was under the impression that their GOD doesnt hate

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:04am
  13. IGNORE THEM!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:04am
  14. LOL. Not okay.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:05am
  15. My heart hurts when I read this… its so mean and incredibly hateful.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:06am
  16. are you kidding me….. retards

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:08am
  17. Don’t they have anything else to do!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:08am
  18. Um… what does Elizabeth Taylor’s death have to do with anything the Westboro Baptist church protests?

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:08am
  19. Wtf!!!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:11am
  20. @Rebecca Rogak Mostly it was that she was so much in support of finding a cure for AIDS and bringing it into the public awareness. Such “churches” believe that AIDS is a punishment brought about by their “god” for sins such as being gay (or anything else they decide their “god” hates).

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:11am
  21. I can’t stand this so called “church”. They shouldn’t be allowed to even call themselves a “church” when they have so much hate. I wish they would go away.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:15am
  22. This is just my rant (so please, no one take personal offense), but jesus christ!!!!! They’ll never see this, but Westbor Baptist Church: SHUT THE FUCK UP and get over yourselves already!!! You bastards (and that’s saying it nicely) need to take/learn a lesson from the Heaven’s Gate Cult. Ignorant, asinine fucking morons. And to the rest of you, thank you for letting me vent. :)

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:18am
  23. *Westboro

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:18am
  24. What is it with these groups, which are sprouting up lately, that take it upon themselves to protest funerals in the name of ‘God’? This isn’t the first but I sure hope it will be the last.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:19am
  25. Ignorance is ugly. yes…Chris ur rite. often times those fools ha e referred Aids as being a gay disease.but, Aids does not discriminate….it will infect anyone. As for this church…God is watching you. and he will b welcoming Ms. Taylor with open arms…

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:19am
  26. the absolute worst kind of being on the planet.. shame on them.. such hateful losers.. ughh.. they make me sick

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:19am
  27. These people never cease to amaze me with their ignorance, stupidity, and cruelty. I hope at least groups of compassionate people will be there to create a human barrier to keep these morons far away from the funeral.

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:22am
  28. I think it would be hilarious if somehow that entire congregation were to be infected with AIDS…

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 11:06am
  29. I swear, the obselesence of their intelligence is simply astounding. That woman did great things, and the Supreme Court will allow them to plague her funeral with their stupidity and hate?! I get so f*(king angry everytime I see or hear anything about the people at that church! I can’t believe they are really allowed to act the way that they do! People like that are the reason for the teen suicides. They are also the reason why a lot of people choose to not be christians, I mean, what kind of God would allow his name to be spread by the likes of people like that? The funny thing about those people, I can only imagine how many have homosexual tendencies and their hate stems from their fear of being gay themselves. God people are so damn stupid!

    Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:44pm
  30. oh god. these idiots again.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 1:41pm