According to the Huffington Post on Friday, the Westboro Baptist Church is making plans to protest at Robin Williams' funeral. Westboro is the controversial church, known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people. The church is widely described as a hate group that is well known for picketing at funerals of high profile celebrities.
The reasons Westboro wants to picket at Williams’ funeral are silly ones. The church says it's because he was divorced and used his comedy to mock God, according to Westboro's Twitter account. Additionally, the church calls Williams a “homosexual enabler.” That's because Williams played a gay man in the 1996 comedy, "The Birdcage."
Williams was found dead in his Tiburon, California last Monday at the age of 63 of what authorities ruled a suicide. His funeral is set to be a very private ceremony in San Francisco near his home with only close family and friends attending. Even though the funeral is said to very private and no date has been set, Westboro is not letting that stop them. However, there is something that might stop them.
A group called Planting Peace is doing whatever it can to keep Westboro Baptist Church away from the funeral. Planting Peace is a progressive nonprofit organization founded by Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon in 2004, for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Planting Peace's mission is to help promote peace. Its members are against what Westboro has planned. They are going to honor Robin Williams by actually doing a fundraiser with a goal of $30,000 to donate to St. Jude Children's Hospital, a cause that Williams also supported.
Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace, told the Huffington Post on Friday, "Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list. His appeal crossed generational boundaries. I was personally impacted when I heard of his passing. This is a small gesture to honor his legacy and the difference he made to so many."
Along with Planting Peace, the world is still mourning the death of Williams who brought so much joy to others.