The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) plans to protest the funeral of film critic Roger Ebert. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ebert, who died at the age of 70 after battling cancer, insulted the church on Twitter before he died.
“Just another day at Westboro,” tweeted Ebert on March 25. The tweet also contained a link, which directed itself to a column about Writer Jeff Chu’s experiences attending the church’s services.
“God hates fag enabler Roger Ebert!” The Westboro Baptist Church announced in a press release. “Lord Willing, WBC to picket in lawful proximity to the funeral of Fag enabler Roger Ebert at ‘Priests Rapes Boys’ Holy Name Cathedral.”
Known also as the “god hates fags” church, WBC often protest funerals of soldiers who support homosexuality.
“American entertainment industry publicity leech Roger Ebert took to Twitterverse to mock the faithful servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church, just days before he received the horrifying summons: ‘Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: [now]whose shall [that silly vanity called a Pulitzer Prize]be, which thou has provided?’ (Luke 12:20),” the statement continued.
“Now the famed critic is in a new jurisdiction, where he can see the blessings poured out on God’s humble servants in heaven, from his seat of eternal torment & sorrow in Hell! It’s too late for the fool Roger Ebert! WBC will continue to bind those who still live in Doomed america to God’s eternal laws & Word, so you, like Roger, are without excuse!”
In their statement, the church continues to call on Bible verses to support their argument.
“This fool sold his soul for some fame & fortune, forgetting that God has made a simple declaration regarding His people: ‘Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.’ (Psalms 105:15).”
The WBC has picketed a number of high profile funerals, including those of Elizabeth Edwards, Steve Jobs, and the victims of the Arizona shooting that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.