Westboro Baptist Church to picket Heath Ledger's U.S. memorial services

Posted on January 23, 2008

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I’m not usually one to post celebrity news, preferring as I do news with more substance. But pretty much anything the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas does grabs my attention. And the nominal ringleader (now that the founder, Rev. Fred Phelps, is getting too old to picket effectively), Shirley Phelps-Roper has announced that her church and kin will be picketing the memorial services of recently deceased actor Heath Ledger. Their reason?

He played a gay cowboy in the movie Brokeback Mountain.

Oh, and according to Phelps-Roper, they’ll be picketing the Academy Awards this year too. Assuming that there are any that last longer than a press conference, that is.

For more on the Westboro Baptist Church, see the following links:
God hates the Westboro Baptist Church
Michael Moore’s messing with Rev. Fred Phelps
BBC’s interview of Louis Theroux, who lived with them for a while
Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report on WBC
The Anti-Defamation League’s report

Kudos to Jentifred’s Livejournal friends list…

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