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Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Maya Angelou’s funeral; looking for info

Apparently, the death of founder Fred Phelps has done nothing to soften the inappropriately named Westboro Baptist Church. According to North Carolina’s WGHP Fox Channel 8 on May 29, the “church” has announced its plans to picket the funeral of American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou. Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86.

The infamous Westboro Baptist Church is threatening to picket Maya Angelou's funeral
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The quote, unquote “church” pickets events like military funerals, gay pride gatherings and political events. They are known for their controversial and hateful signs with messages that read “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” and “God Hates F*gs.”

Westboro Baptist Church has been all over Twitter asking their followers to search out details of Maya Angelou’s funeral. And while doing this, they have typically left a string of nasty tweets and derogatory pictures.

A memorial service was scheduled to be held at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. Ms. Angelou was a member of this church for 30 years. Sadly for Westboro, Ms. Angelou’s funeral arrangements have not been announced and may or may not be open to the public.

Here are a few of the tweets of Westboro Baptist Church. I have left in links to their disgusting pictures. Warning: Their standard language and diatribes are evident in the links and photos.

@WBCsigns: If anyone has the deets, share! “@evankpogue: Looks like Westboro Baptist is going to picket Maya Angelou’s funeral”

@WBCsigns: WBC preached to Maya before? She has no excuse!” @kansasdotcom: Library will ring w/Angelou

@WBCSays #mayaangelou spent many of her 86 yrs on f*g’s favorite misdirection, pretending f***ing off is like being black.

I’m not sure who’s behind @WBCsigns on Twitter, but they are taking a beating on their stream. If you are incensed about this planned action against Ms. Angelou, please go there and let them know how you feel.

@WBCsays is the Westboro Baptist Church’s official Twitter stream. They’re also getting hit, but a few more folks telling them like it is wouldn't be bad either.

It should be noted that many times when Westboro Baptist Church threatens pickets at a funeral or service, they don’t show up. Or if they do and see too many opposing forces, they quietly slink away. Let’s hope this is one of those times.

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