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Westboro Baptist Church to protest Robin Williams funeral: You won't believe why

A date for Robin Williams’ funeral has not been set, but the hate-spewing Westboro Baptist Church will be there, the controversial church, known for its extreme ideologies, said this week. Members of the unaffiliated Baptist organization said they will picket at Williams’ funeral because he was divorced and used his comedy to mock God. Additionally, church members called Williams a “homosexual enabler” – a reference to the fact Williams played a gay man in a film close to two decades ago.

A message posted on the group's official Twitter page reads: “Westboro Baptist Church Hopes To Preach In Lawful Proximity To Robin Williams' Funeral – To Warn The Living: Repent Or Likewise Perish.”

However, a nonprofit organization that is anathema to the vile, hate churning messages of the Westboro Church has taken up a rally against the planned picket.

Explains The Huffington Post:

The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams' funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root. Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 with a mission to spread love and equality around the globe, is set on challenging WBC's planned protest with a fundraiser.

The WBC, after going so far as to label Williams a “fag pimp,” is ignoring a plea from Williams’ family for privacy and respect. Williams was found dead Monday after hanging himself in his Calif. home.

“Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list,” said Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace. “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.”

Jackson said their fundraiser, of which proceeds will be donated to the St. Jude’s Children Hospital, is designed to “counteract” the bigoted message spread by the WBC.

“When the WBC announced they were protesting Robin’s funeral, we felt like launching a fundraiser for a charity Robin loved would be the perfect way to honor him and counteract the message of hate and intolerance that the WBC continues to convey,” Jackson said.

The WBC, which operates a website called, is known for their tasteless protests at military and celebrity funerals and rallies at Jewish, Catholic and homosexual functions.

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