"God Hates Fags" church to picket Robin Williams' funeral
Westboro Baptist Church, known for their God Hates Fags slogans, will picket the funeral of Robin Williams in opposition to queer roles the late actor portrayed.
Church members are currently targeting the headquarters of Apple, Facebook and Twitter with their God Hates the Media Campaign and plan to picket Williams' funeral too.
The actor, who was found dead in his home on Monday, cross-dressed in the comedy smash Mrs. Doubtfire and played a gay drag club owner in cult hit The Birdcage. It was these roles which lead the church to claim Williams "made merchandise of filthy proud sin," as reported by pinknews.co.uk
Westboro tweeted shortly after the actor's death, labelling him a "fag pimp" and a "fag enabler," pledging to picket the actor's funeral and any memorial services.
The extremist church are known the world over for their anti-gay rethoric and, more importantly, the way they convey them.
According to the Westboro Baptist Church, every tragedy and misfortune in the world is God’s punishment for society’s tolerance of homosexuality.
The group is synonymous with their slogan, ‘God hates fags’, and runs numerous websites such as GodHatesFags.com and GodHatesAmerica.com, that openly condemns homosexuality.
They take their message out to the streets, picketing events like funerals of American service personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, holding signs that contain vile slurs such as ‘Thank God for dead soldiers’.
Over the years, Westboro garnered media attention for picketing high-profile events such as memorial services and pop concerts.
Among the stars they have targeted are Heath Ledger and Cory Monteith.
The church picketed LGBTI advocate and singer Lorde's Kansas concert earlier in the year, but the star retaliated by urging fans to show solidarity by wearing rainbow clothing.
The church's anti-gay leader Fred Phelps died in March this year aged 86.