Westboro Baptist Church has announced that it will protest at Joe Paterno’s funeral. The Church, based out of Topeka, Kansas, is known as anti-gay group and they often protest the funeral of services of American serviceman.
The group made their announcement of Paterno’s memorial service protest on its Twitter account on Sunday right after his death was reported.
“Joe Paterno is dead. WBC will picket his funeral,” wrote Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro’s leader, Pastor Fred Phelps. “He’s in hell. Don’t partake of your neighbor’s sin!”
Though Paterno is not responsible for assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s actions and alleged sexual encounters with underage boys, apparently the WBC is tying its anti-gay sentiment to Paterno since he was fired by the Penn State university for apparently not doing enough to report Sandusky’s action when he was made aware of them.
When Paterno found out about the alleged abuse, he followed proper procedure at the time, which was to report the incident to his superiors. He made the report but the university allegedly sat on it and did nothing.
The WBC uses the funeral services of serviceman and other high profile citizen’s to promote it’s own agenda of a anti-gay message. It has also made attempts to get its message out at Steve Jobs and Michael Jackson memorial services.
Paterno who died of lung cancer just a few months after being fired at the age of 85, will be buried Wednesday at what is to be a private funeral service. The WBC is considered as a hate group and is monitored by the Anti-Defamation League.