Members of the Westboro Baptist Church said Monday they plan to protest film critic Roger Ebert's funeral in Chicago.
The Kansas-based group released a statement published by the Hollywood Reporter saying they will picket "in lawful proximity" to the funeral at Holy Name Cathedral. Ebert passed away last week at the age of 70 after a decade-long battle with cancer.
Why the protest?
The church said in the statement Ebert used his Twitter account "to mock the faithful servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The group also called Ebert a "f-g enabler" and "entertainment industry publicity leech."
Newser points out Ebert called the group “odious" in a past tweet and at one point tweeted a link to a Salon story featuring an excerpt from the book "Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America" in which the author spent a day at Westboro.
Originally Posted by CharlesJones
A black woman on Youtube got mad at me last week because I posted some comments dissing Joe Jackson and she said the Jacksons love Joe. I said yeah right. I said if they love him so much, how come Jermaine and Janet were the only ones to visit him at the hospital recently? She didn't have nothing to say after that LOL. I also said if his sons love Joe, how come they fired him when he was their manager? She didn't have nothing to say about that too LOL. I said Joe is gonna join Marvin Gaye's dad soon at the cemetery because it's only a matter of time LOL.