Well, they're at it again and this time the target is recently deceased "Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker. Westboro Baptist Church is going after the celebrity with hate-filled tweets and promises to picket his funeral, much as they've threatened other dead celebrities over the years: Bernie Mac, David Carradine, Whitney Houston, Michael Phelps, Heath Ledger, and many others. But whereas most of those picketed were cited for their associations with drugs, homosexuals, and Hollywood, Paul Walker's transgression seems to have merely been capitalizing on his fame.
And not warning his neighbors -- through his fame platform -- of their sins, including homosexuality, and how they were all bound for hell because of said sins. Yahoo 7 and Reuters reported Dec. 5 that Westboro Baptist Church was planning to picket Paul Walker's funeral because of his deemed negligence.
Apparently the hateful church has grown tired of sparring with country singer Blake Shelton on Twitter after calling him an adulterer and his wife, Miranda Lambert, a whore. Granted, it is much easier to target the dead, since they can't fight back...
Be that as it may, Westboro Baptist Church, which believes their version of the Christian God is a vengeful god, took to Twitter to hate on the "Fast and Furious" actor shortly following the breaking news of his death in a fiery car crash in Valencia, Calif.
"The furious God cut off Paul Walker!" someone from the church posted. "Thank God for His condign wrath! WBC to picket funeral. @RealPaulWalker #TeamPW".
That little bit of hate was followed quickly with: "PERFECT, @tmz! Paul Walker taught a nation to be fast & furious. He died that same way. #GodIsNotMocked #WhosNext?"
Apparently to those at Westboro Baptist Church are of the opinion that not only is Walker's death an ironic twist of fate, given that the movies that made him famous portrayed him as a action-oriented street racer, but a fate ordained by their baleful and unapproving deity.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office released the preliminary autopsy report Wednesday, noting that Paul Walker, a passenger in the vehicle that struck a telephone pole and subsequently burst into flames, died as a result of a combination of traumatic injuries received on impact and thermal injuries suffered during the fire. The driver of the car, Roger Rodas, Walker's friend and business partner, was killed on impact.
Investigators are still trying to ascertain a cause for the accident, having already noted that speed was a factor, the vehicle going at least twice the posted speed (45 mph) when the crash occurred.
As is apparent, Westboro Baptist Church doesn't appear to be too sensitive to how their Twitter posts and rants might affect the family and friends of Paul Walker. But, then, the extremist church has a history of offense, starting with a years of gay-bashing (their website, GodHatesFags.com, is often evidence enough of their willingness to offend) and the picketing of funerals of high profile gays and returning military personnel killed in action in America's wars abroad. Their actions have fostered lawsuits and numerous legal regulations pertaining to the picketing of military funerals. One even went to the Supreme Court, where the church's Constitutional right to freedom of speech and their right to assemble held sway over the deceased's families and friends' rights to mourn and grieve and do so with dignity and privacy (because most military funerals are conducted on property open to the public).
But if one were to start believing that Westboro Baptist Church's brand of religion was meant to only spew hatred at homosexuals, the military, and celebrities, one would have to think again. They went after Newtown, Conn., with plans to picket the funerals and memorial services of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings, saying that the shooter was sent by God. More recently, the church announced on the first day of December that they rejoiced at the news of the Glasgow helicopter crash and the New York Metro train derailment, both tragic accidents responsible for the deaths of several individuals.