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"God Hates Fags" church to picket Robin Williams' funeral

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 15 August 2014 11:54 Written by // Sabine Brix

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.


Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix

Sabine Brix is the digital editor for Gay News Network.

Comments (32)

  • Billy

    18 August 2014 at 08:58 |
    It is unfortunate the church has decided be about hate, holding such hurtful placards. We live in a time when some people do some crazy things in the name of religion. So it just extrodinary, that those who practice GLBTI genocide, such as the Russian President Putin, will be put up in a luxury hotel at our expense, at the G20 in Brisbane. To carry signs is awful, but to support and even sponsor those who seek us genuine harm? It is deeply dissapointing.


  • Gods Soldier

    17 August 2014 at 14:23 |
    LoL how would you know stupid has no limit? You went pretty far huh? Well we will all take your word for it since you proved to us that it has no limit. Good job bro!


  • Gods Soldier

    17 August 2014 at 14:20 |
    Only God your following is a hypocrite. Yes our father in Heaven will destroy your God and your hate. In the Bible it talks about judging people. Im sure you miss that verse. It also talks about blasphemy and you are really good at that. Let me guess you drink and smoke dope right?


  • Gods Soldier

    17 August 2014 at 14:13 |
    My oh my you need to brush your teeth. Bad breath baaad breath!


  • Gods Soldier

    17 August 2014 at 14:11 |
    Please learn how to spell.


  • joe

    17 August 2014 at 05:11 |
    Hey matt. which is the real god?? there are so many to choose from I just can't make up my mind. oh oh.. and do you have the latest on the tooth fairy? Pixies? Santa? or the Easter Bunny?? No I didn't think so. Because like your 'God' none of them exist. Please keep your religiously inspired hate to yourself as the "Good people of the world" a group to which you don't belong don't need to hear your mistruths and make-believe.


  • Mark

    16 August 2014 at 22:34 |
    Another bunch of morons. He was an actor portraying a character in a movie that was his job. Why don't we arrest Art Malik on terrorism charges for playing a terrorist in True lies. Einstein was right: "Stupidity has no limits."


  • Jodi

    16 August 2014 at 21:53 |
    Also the Bible doesn't say ANYWHERE that God hates the world. These people are messed up! They are NOT real Christians. They are a cult! Even the Baptist church has stated that they are not affiliated with the WBB's. Their message of hate is horrific. I'm amazed no one has taken them out!


  • Reg

    16 August 2014 at 18:41 |
    hard to believe these nutters like the KKK are about.
    Hatred and intolerance gave fuel to the Nazi's in Germany.
    Gotta wonder what makes them tick.


  • Angie G.

    16 August 2014 at 13:53 |
    Please stop calling a Christian church please Im a Christian I am to love thy neighbor as I love my self and the only judge is God this is a misrepresentation of Christianity and I want to cry for them "how could they have gotten so far away from God's word" I also want to breakdown, pray, love and show kindness for anyone who is LGBT in Corinthians it talks about love it doesn't say pick and choose it says love everyone.


  • angie g

    16 August 2014 at 13:45 |
    please don't feel this way bout all Christians. Their claiming to be Christians as a Christian I will tell you in the bible its says the ultimate and only judge is God. Christians make mistake but I cant really say what I feel about westborough because that would be judging


  • Emelie

    16 August 2014 at 11:10 |
    Those people are out of control and my country, Canada, shares a border with theirs, the United States. While I no longer cross the border into the US, Canadians have a prime minister, Stephen Harper, who would draw Canada closer to the US in domestic and foreign policy, in trade, in currency and certainly in the extreme right position on every social and fiscal issue. Harper would approve the Westboro religious crazies. Free Canada! Trade Harper!



    16 August 2014 at 08:18 |
    Amen Captain thy Captain


  • Andy Davis

    15 August 2014 at 23:24 |
    If they tried this in Britain, people would just walk over and shove the placards up their arses, and give them a good kicking into the bargain. How tolerant the Americans are... other than these Westboro jerkoffs anyway.


  • chris

    15 August 2014 at 17:22 |
    I'm a straight guy but I tell you I would rather have a dinner party with a table full of gays than with a bunch of 'christians'.


  • Harry

    15 August 2014 at 13:08 |
    This is America! Get over yourselves. Americans are the gun loving gun toting warmongering self anointed self appointed glorious world rulers of this planet and hate speech is welcomed by many. Freedom of Speech, right! You gays should be grateful that you aren't some impoverished negro down South with his hands in the area, shot by police. Mind you, when it comes to a country doing what they are told, they are either on their knees waiting for something to be inserted or frightened they may be about to receive something where the sun don't shine. America! This god fag thing is a mere trifle.


  • Teresa

    15 August 2014 at 04:45 |
    Whatever higher being one believes in I'm convinced they would not see hate as a positive thing. This crowd are publicity seekers and look for any opportunity to get themselves in the spotlight. In my view they should be totally ignored as if they were invisible -no reaction no publicity no point carrying on picketing. Robin would have made fun of their foolishness and probably pitied them for the pathetic and devoid of love and joy beings they are. Take the power back make them invisible.


  • Lauren

    15 August 2014 at 01:00 |
    God hates haters. Church Nazis need to look in a mirror.


  • Mabel

    15 August 2014 at 00:47 |
    "According to the Westboro Baptist Church, every tragedy and misfortune in the world is God’s punishment for society’s intolerance of homosexuality."

    ...you mean tolerance?


  • Jared Plane

    14 August 2014 at 18:22 |
    I can't believe people can be so heartless and disrespectful after someone has just died. Even more disgusting is that this is coming from a "Christian" church. Some people just have no moral compass whatsoever. RIP Mr. Williams.


  • candy

    14 August 2014 at 17:00 |
    if they read even half a bible they would know that this supposed hell of eternal torment is A not real & B not real yet.

    according to the bible, when you die you go straight to wherever living folk put you & you stay there. you do not go immediately to heaven (why need a resurrection if you do?) you do not go immediately to eternal hellfire.

    you could be dead 5 seconds or 5 billion years. you wont know you wont care. the dead dont know anything.

    whenver you are raised it is either to eternal life or for the judgement day in which case you simply go dead one last time.....forever. no eternal torment whatsoever. there is hellfire yes..but it isnt permanent. sodom/gomorrah are supposedly proof of that. this is why it isnt even real yet as it only comes on judgement day & doesnt even last.

    i hate people who preach like that yet dont even know their bible.


    also mrs. doubtfie was NOT a cross-dresser in the common sense. it was about a man trying to see his kids but had to sneak around. some people are just soooooo stupid!


  • Robyn Thompson

    14 August 2014 at 14:01 |
    Have never met the so called god or the devil these figures in some christian beliefs renderschristianity inept and incapable of accepting all the people on this earth. Robin Williiams was a God of all kinds. He made people happy, thye laughed, he even made animals happy, how many so called christians are capableg of that? Not many. Religious fanatics all around the world kill each other in the name of god, work that out.


  • Josh

    14 August 2014 at 13:22 |
    People create the evil in the world. Stop trying to blame the do called devil for the negative in the world. People are the ones that choose to be love or hate!


  • AH

    14 August 2014 at 11:20 |
    How very disrespectful......it is the Robin Williams funeral, his friends and family will be grieving the loss of a Husband, Dad, friend. Regardless of what Westboro Baptist Church feel, to act in such a manner at a time that is so very tragic and sad is just down right unchristian! I am a Christian and the one thing I have learnt is that God loves all his children and Christ died for our sins, not a single one of us on earth is perfect! When the parishioners at Westboro can show the world their perfect and unblemished self, free from all sin........well that will never happen. Their hatred towards homosexuality shows that they judge their fellow man, really feel for the Christians at this Church, how very wrong they have gotten it.


  • J'Zanne

    14 August 2014 at 08:31 |
    Don't forget To Wong Foo...


  • Ryan

    14 August 2014 at 08:09 |
    It's all about getting noticed. This group will do whatever they can to stay in the media. It's as if they consider themselves celebrities. I highly doubt it has anything to do with religion anymore.


  • Brian

    14 August 2014 at 07:38 |
    The Westboro Baptist church(?) is an unChristian group who are ready to blame the sins of the world on what they do not understand, contrary to the word of Christ and very cruel to the family of actors, soldiers and all the others they disrespect.
    Get a life folks and mind your own business, give to those that need and prepare to meet your own judgement day.


  • Tiffany

    14 August 2014 at 01:59 |
    Amen to that! Can not agree more!!!!


  • Christian and gay

    14 August 2014 at 01:48 |
    God loves all equally. no matter their sexuality. Would he have created the human race as it is if he did not? no, I think not. He chose to include this gene or chromosome or whatever it is that makes one attracted to the same sex, he chose to give us that option. so if he really 'hates fags' then why would he have created them in the first place?
    Do not say this is the work of the devil. the devil can not create beings such as us. he creates monstrosities that in no way resemble man. the devil is responsible for all hatred and cruelty in this world.
    and by oppressing a creation of god such as those who have fallen for the same sex, then this so called church is doing the Devil's work.
    God created all humans equally.

    if you were truly people of god, you would accept all for who they are, and would stop this childish and immature rubbish of picketing and protesting something that is without a doubt. 100% normal within the human genome.


  • Lea Ladyraven

    14 August 2014 at 00:40 |
    If this wacko Westboro Baptist Church believes in God than they would not disrespect a funeral.


  • Zoe

    13 August 2014 at 23:45 |
    What the flip is wrong with this Christian group? You cannot pick and choose from the Bible to suit your arguments. "Love thy neighbour, love me as I have loved you" God encourages LOVE and ACCEPTANCE. Fark! Get over yourselves, you are not even true Christians.


  • Susan Klein

    13 August 2014 at 23:22 |
    That's sad ... Makes me want to track down The Birdcage... and laugh my butt off... Nathan Lane's ... being taught how to walk like a man ? ... OFF the floopin' chair ... lol ... xo


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