Westboro Baptist Church Threaten to Picket Robin Williams Funeral

westboro baptist church
The Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to picket the funeral of  Robin Williams, according to reports from the group themselves. The organization took to Twitter to confirm the rumors that they intended on going through with the picketing of the late actor’s funeral. The group instigated the initial claims by way of an extremely upsetting tweet describing their curiosity regarding the details surrounding the actor’s funeral, calling it a “carcass worship fest.” The tweet ended with the hashtag #mustpicket, and was followed by an Instagram link to a photo that has since been removed from the social media platform’s server. The next morning, the group used Twitter to confirm a news site’s posting regarding the possible funeral picketing, informing the poster that the story was indeed true.

In terms of the reasoning behind why the Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the funeral, they have voiced their opinion that Williams acted against God in his lifetime and, in their own words, used his talent to glorify sin. The group feels that the comedy Williams performed openly mocked God, and did not show a proper respect to religion in their minds. They went on to express their view that Williams was now in Hell, and that the Lord that they deify is full of contempt for the late actor.

Regarding the actual likelihood of the group picketing Williams’ funeral, sources state that details surrounding the actor’s memorial service are extremely hard to come by, and that this is most likely just an empty threat. The threats are more of an act as demonstrated by some of the previous similar threats the Westboro Baptist Church has gained a name for. In the past, they have  promised to picket other celebrity filled events such as the funeral of Michael Jackson, the Goo-Goo Dolls concert, and the upcoming events of the person they call the “adulteress” country star Miranda Lambert.

Many have stated that, although Westboro Baptist Church claims to hate the media, they grab attention from the public by threatening to get involved in media fueled events. Indeed, just last month the group became involved in a Twitter feud with Panic! At The Disco front-man Brendon Urie over threats to picket the group’s next concert due to Urie’s past relationships with men. The battle ended in Urie donating money to the Human Rights Campaign for every Westboro member that showed up to the picketing. Although a dozen or so members did show up to picket the group’s performance, the initial number of attendees dropped to a staggering low in comparison to what might have been had Urie not offered to make the aforementioned donation. The move not only thwarted the plans of the religious based group, but also gained Urie and his bandmates an inordinate amount of respect amongst gay rights activists and the public alike. The success of the band’s show also led to Human Rights Campaign associated merchandise hitting the band’s web store shortly after.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Westboro Baptist Church will come through on their threat to picket the funeral of the late Robin Williams. A statement regarding the matter has yet to be given by Williams’ representatives.

by Rebecca Grace

Sources:
Syracuse
SBS
PopCrush

7 Responses to "Westboro Baptist Church Threaten to Picket Robin Williams Funeral"

  1. Katherine   September 2, 2014 at 11:38 pm

    These people are fools if they believe they’re doing this in Gods name. What God? Certainly not mine.

    Reply
  2. belinda carol Thomas   August 21, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Jesus lived , loves & died for us all to be saved , healed & delivered. He , like His FatherHood in Heaven love us all , however He does n’t like our sin . You did not know. Robin Williams personally . He was a hurting & tormented man who suffered privately . Only God can & will be our judge.Mr. Williams chose to live his daily life as a simple man. His soul is gone , allow his family comfort & peace during their time of loss & mourning . God bless the Williams Family

    Reply
  3. Johan   August 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    And they call themselves Christians?. Jesus would probably, were he here on earth, enter their church and whip their arses for being total hypocrites.

    Reply
  4. Kelley   August 20, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I would not take kindly to them picketing anyone’s funeral. Picket funerals your own risk. If I come across people picketing a funeral there will be some seriously negative results for all involved.

    Reply
  5. Ashley   August 18, 2014 at 6:51 am

    So what does your picketing show? Other than your lack of true Christianity? I have been in church my entire life and this is far from what I have been taught and more of something that sound like an extremist group. You people are sick and maybe need to find a doctor who can help, because whatever ‘God’ you seem to be worshipping is not the same God as the rest of us.

    Reply
  6. Isis E. Stevens   August 16, 2014 at 10:28 am

    They need to leave that man rest in peace. Besides, what the heck gives them the right to do any of this? And if “God” is really like that then to hell with him, honestly.

    Reply
  7. ruth   August 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    your all wacko! our GOD would NEVER wish us to act in this manner! but I will tell you this if it was not for our BRAVE solders, where would you BE?? behind some stone walled prison! JUST know this when IT comes your turn at the PEARLLY GATES, YOU may not be allowed in! ONL CHOOSES!

    Reply

Your Thoughts?