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Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist to Picket Heath Ledger Funeral

Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church and his band of haters plan to picket the funeral of actor Heath Ledger, because of his involvement in Brokeback Mountain.

WbcIn a news release, the church wrote: "Yes. WBC will picket this pervert's funeral, in religious protest and warning: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked." Gal. 6:7. Heath Ledger thought it was great fun defying God Almighty and his plain word; to wit: God Hates Fags! & Fag Enablers! Ergo, God hates the sordid tacky, bucket of slime seasoned with vomit known as 'Brokeback Mountain' - and He hates all persons having anything whatsoever to do with it. Heath Ledger is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there - beside which, nothing else about Heath Ledger is relevant or consequential."

The Kansas-based ministry was recently ordered to pay $11 million to the father of a slain U.S. soldier for picketing at the funeral of his son. Westboro Baptist claims that the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are God's wrath against a nation that tolerates homosexuality.

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  1. Awesome! The funeral will likely be in Australia and the protesters will likely be shot as a result.

    Posted by: Murray | Jan 23, 2008 7:34:43 AM

  2. Please, Andy, stop covering the WBC. Enough already. They need less press not more.

    Posted by: jeremy | Jan 23, 2008 7:58:50 AM

  3. these dumb asses know about the country called Australia?? I agree with Murray...Would like to see what happens to them there.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jan 23, 2008 8:00:46 AM

  4. I really doubt those inbred morons will fly to Australia to picket the funeral, so unless there is also some sort of memorial service for Heath here in America for them to try to stink up this press release is baloney.

    Posted by: phil | Jan 23, 2008 8:10:13 AM

  5. There was no reason to cover this or pass on WBC's hate-filled rants.

    Posted by: Tyler | Jan 23, 2008 8:19:33 AM

  6. I guess when your organization is dying an ignored death, you'll do anything-- no matter how distasteful and repugnant-- for a little publicity, won't you, "Reverend"?

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 23, 2008 8:20:23 AM

  7. I understand that there's an argument to be made for publicizing the views of extremists in order to highlight the ugliness of milder strains of bigotry, but I agree with Jeremy. It isn't hard to find clusters of rogue lunatics, but giving them airtime seems to be, at the end of the day, just a cynical, condescending press ploy. Andy, I thought you had more respect for your audience than that.

    Posted by: rascal | Jan 23, 2008 8:22:12 AM

  8. OK why did you even post this ignore this guy the more press he gets the more he will show up

    Posted by: jim | Jan 23, 2008 8:29:20 AM

  9. It sounds like Heath's death was probably not suicide, but related to drugs. Entertainment reporter Roger Friedman is always very relaible about show business news, and here's what he has to say today:,2933,324785,00.html

    Posted by: phil | Jan 23, 2008 8:32:36 AM

  10. Yeah, I've had my fill of WBC and would rather not know what idiotic thing they're saying they'll do - just to get media attention... especially this close to Ledger's death.

    I would like to know when some of the WBC are shot while enacting their violent hate crimes, however...

    Posted by: David B. | Jan 23, 2008 8:33:04 AM

  11. God HATES shrimp!



    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jan 23, 2008 8:33:44 AM

  12. Of course this has to be covered because if its not people forget these nut jobs are out there.
    Phelps and his followers are as-holes with nothing better to do. I knew yesterday when I heard about this that Phelps would be on his way to protest.
    This is a good time to lash out against Phelps or anyone who shares his beliefs.
    Send emails, write a note to Phelps, don't just sit around and take it because these hillbillies are not going away.

    Posted by: poodle | Jan 23, 2008 8:38:34 AM

  13. sick sick sick sick sick sick sick sick bastards!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: virgoboy | Jan 23, 2008 8:44:19 AM

  14. I found the exact verses

    God HATES shrimp!

    Leviticus 11:9-12
    Deuteronomy 14:9-10

    Hate the shrimp not the shrimper


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jan 23, 2008 8:45:23 AM

  15. Phelps and his gang will not be tolerated in Australia. Aussies are some of the most endearing people on the Earth. However, welcoming inbred psychotics is not in their nature. These lunatics will be hauled off to jail forthwith.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 23, 2008 8:49:19 AM

  16. Had we exposed Dolph Hitler to open and complete ridcule and contempt, we surely could have avoided the unpleasentness of WWII. Snails like Fred and his coven must be exposed to the light of day, and Her Highness (Mary, really Late Dowager Queen, By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India) prefers pouring beer on snails......

    Posted by: Mary, Really Late Dowager Queen of the British Empire, Ireland, Empress of India, etc..... | Jan 23, 2008 8:50:32 AM

  17. Honor God

    SELL your children

    Exodus 21:7

    Daughters have a lower retail value than sons and thus are a bad investment acording to God

    Sorry Girls


    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Jan 23, 2008 8:51:09 AM

  18. Uh yeah. Idiots. The funeral will be held in his hometown in Australia, not in the US.

    Posted by: nic | Jan 23, 2008 8:51:58 AM

  19. I reckon it's good to remind people how crazy and hateful WBC can be. Maybe mainstream news coverage of this will make more independents etc. realise that the Christian right are fairly loony and that a tolerant democrat is needed to keep things cool.

    A nun I know recently confided that when Phelps dies she's planning to organise a march near the funeral with pickets saying "God loves you, Fred!" and "May you rest in peace!" etc. Wicked!

    Posted by: Krypenthorff III | Jan 23, 2008 8:58:41 AM

  20. I am waiting for the day when some nut job takes them out at a protest

    Posted by: mrbill | Jan 23, 2008 8:59:34 AM

  21. I'm glad to see that the Dowager Queen of the British Empire is FINALLY on line... ( I guess that's why you're referred to as "really Late" ). Keep us posted, Mary,{I mean Your Highness}, on your piffy comments. After all, you ARE the Undoudted Queen...

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 23, 2008 9:00:20 AM

  22. while it is always upsetting to the see the "rotting cryptkeeper" (as pams house blend so aptly names phelps) mentioned here it still is andy's blog and he has the right to post whatever he wants. what is heartening to see is the outpouring of love, affection, and graditude for heath. i've always believed that love wins out over hate. maybe as another poster has surmised the cyrptkeeper will get a suprise reception in australia should the funeral be held there. i had a hard time sleeping last night thinking about heath but if there is another world i hope he's happy and at peace there. bless you heath and thank you for brokeback.

    Posted by: the queen | Jan 23, 2008 9:59:26 AM

  23. Again, this Kooky Klan of Klowns proove to be some of the most un-Christian Christians on the planet.

    Posted by: Tintin Malfoy | Jan 23, 2008 10:08:12 AM

  24. do these people have nothing better to do?

    Posted by: Travis | Jan 23, 2008 10:14:38 AM

  25. Once again Andy you take WBs bait hook line and sinker. When will you realize that these people are just using you to further their own goals? The only approach to these publicity seeking whores is to ignore them. But you just can't do that can you? You care more about driving traffic do your site to pull in ad revenue ... looking to buy a new car?

    Posted by: yoshi | Jan 23, 2008 10:27:39 AM

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