Paul Walker Funeral Facing Disaster as Westboro Baptist Church to Protest

Paul WalkerPaul Walker’s tragic death over the weekend shocked his fans, friends and family, and now his funeral may not be peaceful. In fact, it may be facing disaster because the Westboro Baptist Church is planning a  protest and will picket at the funeral site. The Westboro Baptist Church is known for picketing the funerals of the deceased, often citing complex reasons having to do with God being angry at the departed.

In this instance, the church Tweeted out their plans thusly: “The furious God cut off Paul Walker! Thank God for his condign wrath! WBC to picket funeral. @realpaulwalker #teampw.” They also placed a link to a picture of Walker. They later tweeted “Perfect, @tmz! Paul Walker taught a nation to be fast and furious. He died that same way. #GodIsNotMocked #WhosNext?” They also included a link to a “news” article they wrote which quotes “God” speaking directly to Walker: “God Almighty to Paul Walker: “Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee.” The “news” item went on to say, “Paul served himself and the gods of this world (money, fame, excess of riot, etc.) while refusing to serve His Creator and use his platform to encourage his neighbors to do the same. He’s in Hell and Westboro will #picketfuneral.”

The church then created a disturbing video of two young children sending two cars down a track with the phrases “God hates fags” and “don’t worship the dead.” Later, they took to Twitter once again to express their extreme joy at Paul Walker’s untimely death: “YES! We rejoice when we see God’s judgments: #Glasgow Helicopter #PaulWalker & NYCTrainDerailment! We wash our feet in their blood. Psa 58:10.”

The Westboro Baptist Church leader is Fred Phelps. He has been organizing his congregation in picketing funerals for at least 15 years, and first came to be known in the mainstream media after picketing the funeral of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Shepard was a gay youth who was savagely murdered in a hate crime. His family was deeply shocked and devastated by his death, and the presence of the church at Shepard’s funeral greatly compounded that pain. Now, Paul Walker’s family will be forced to suffer the same pain and suffering at Walker’s funeral as that of the families of all of the church’s deceased victims.

The church spends a lot of time picketing not only funerals, but also any occasion they feel warrants a protest. They offer a comprehensive schedule of all of their upcoming protests at their website called God Hates Fags. Upcoming protests include many celebrities such as Kanye West, Usher and Drake. The church members are particularly fond of picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers who have been killed in action. While the church has been met with many protests and lawsuits, their actions have been continually upheld under free speech laws in the U.S.

Paul Walker’s funeral is facing disaster as the Westboro Baptist Church plans a protest and picketing. Perhaps some action can be taken to protect his friends and family from seeing the church’s picket signs, such as in the past when counter-protestors have protected soldiers’ families from the church by forming a protective barrier around the funeral site. Walker’s funeral date has yet to be released, but we will keep you posted on this developing story.

By: Rebecca Savastio

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29 Responses to "Paul Walker Funeral Facing Disaster as Westboro Baptist Church to Protest"

  1. barbie merkel   December 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    i agree with everyone else, these people are stupid, Paul Walker was A TRUE HUMANITARIAN. helping people all around the world that he didn’t even know, that’s not something HE HAD TO DO, he did it out of the kindness of his heart, we should all learn from him. Paul walker will truly be missed.

  2. Simon Day   December 11, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Fred Phelps and The Westboro Baptist Church are a disgrace too human race, what sick people could ever do the crap they do, where do they think they have the right to protest and Pickett at someones funeral, not giving a second thought for the families and friends that are affected by thier tragic loss, no their thinking about their own selfishness and so called beliefs, god forbid it happened to thier family. It doesn’t matter either way black, white, gay or straight at the of the day we are all human, of course for Fred Phelps his sad excuse of church followers just goes to show that these are followers of the devil…….

  3. cj payne   December 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    to the family,we are praying for you and suffering with you. through all of us paul will remain alive as long as ROWW stays. he will be truly missed. paul may you RIP. we love you.

  4. cj payne   December 6, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    to the sick people of westboro Baptist church, 1st Paul WAS NOT gay, 2nd what happened 2 tha phrase “ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME”? I don’t know what bible you read but the REAL BIBLE says you shall reap what you sew. how can you call your selves a church, you give Baptist churches a bad name and I hope u get what u deserve, if u actually think you can do this and get by with it, well lol then we would all be doin a pickit for you. you may get by with this now due to freedom of speech, but you will meet OUR creator, the 1 who forgives, the 1 who loves everybody, including you sick bleeps. I pray that god shields the family from you. you have no idea what kind of pay back you have coming and it may take a while but karma will find you and I hope and pray we all get to see and hear about it. you are so concerned about things that arnt up 2 you or any ofyour bizness, why don’t you help a charity like “REACH OUT WORLD WIDE”. you are obviously full of satan your selves, real Christians never act out such things as you do. may god have mercy on ur sick, twisted, disturbing, satanic souls!

  5. Joe Someone   December 6, 2013 at 6:06 am

    What kind of sick people is this?
    How could they possibly go to church with these ugly thoughts?
    They better not try this type of BS at the funeral; I can almost guarantee you hardcore LA fans will not let this happen! They may be able to pull these stunts in small towns – not in LA!

  6. Stephanie Brubaker   December 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I didn’t even finish reading this and it got me mad and other things. You are not church of God if u protest at stars funerals. You show up and I bet the family or his close star family will put u in your place “SHOW RESPECT” This is a family trying to come to grips with this situation. I pray for the walker family, friends, co stars may you receive peace.

  7. China Elishamashen Zodivulkan   December 5, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    In Memory Of Paul Walker, American Action Actor: We thank him for serving success while taking risks rather than accepting difficulty in a cardboard box shelter or holding others hostage so they couldn’t worship. Live Well Die Strong, things go wrong often, So live it well as if the wrong isn’t good enough. Too Fast Too Furious until you lose, but there are glories more than glory from strength to strength. We still need a ten second car that doesn’t run into trees although they are testing auto control steering vehicles . Lastly a reminder, the wicked of violence shall be cut off when the cry of the poor is heard. I hope the communion of the Baptist Church is a better example of faith than their protest. God is good all the time so that all things can work together for good to them who are called. Be sure that you are called for new life, health, and the joy it brings.

  8. Fran   December 5, 2013 at 7:44 am

    How un-Christian of this church ! ! ! You folks really should take a long hard look at yourselves before judging someone you don’t even know. Shame on you ! ! ! ! !

  9. ruth   December 4, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    What a load of bull that would’nt happen in the uk well i think it would’nt r.i.p let people be

  10. lori   December 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    may god be with you all and sorry to hear you lost your dad he was an awesome person

  11. Erica Griffin (@khaleesierica)   December 4, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Ignore them. Sure they’re pathetic, but they thrive off of attention and it gives them joy to make others mad. Paul Walkers memory will live on through his friends and family. The Phelps’ opinion doesn’t matter.

  12. DAG   December 4, 2013 at 11:35 am

    I hope news gets around that Westboro is showing up… Westboro is kind of like an incident of terrorism… it’s one thing that can bring all Americans together: the young, old, liberal, conservative, religious, not religious… we all come together and stand against their horror and filth.

  13. Jan Hall   December 4, 2013 at 5:41 am

    This is not a church to do the horrible things they do. A family has lost a beloved loved one and they should be able to hold a funeral in peace and dignity. I think the people of this church should butt out and let the Walker family grieve in peace. There is nothing that Paul Walker did in his lifetime that I feel is sinful and certainly his movies were top notch and I adored them as well as Paul. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Walker family as well as all the cast and crew who worked with him

    Jan Hall
    Franklinville, NJ

    • ANA BUTT   December 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

      I agree, this is not a church, they are stupid and disrespecting his Family and friends. Trying to be so much religious making fun of a tragedy. THink about the pain that theyr families are facing. ‘cry with those who cry and rejoice with those who rejoice’, wnt be so much religious? so should start from this sentence.

  14. marcie hess   December 4, 2013 at 5:19 am

    That church should be ashamed. Who are they to judge and they need to sweep their own back doors n leave Pauls memory alone .Only the good die young!

  15. jsrathbun   December 4, 2013 at 4:48 am

    Good honest descent gorgeous man. Not into the Hollywood thing. Two lives gone. Love goes out to all the familiesxxxxx

  16. Harry Peeks   December 4, 2013 at 3:58 am

    ive grown up watching paul walker in fast and the furious, running scared, takers…a great actor and man…just wonder how many copycat “rides” and “benefit rides” ill see on 495 (dc beltway) this weekend..i see it almost nightly, packs of cars that are going well over 100 weaving in and out of traffic..and i happen to know that over half these racers are in the military..these people need to slow down, save a life and realize that life can be gone in a flash.

  17. Heera   December 4, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Am writing this for that church people….in bible where god asked u to take revenge on sinner…jesus asked us to forget the sin of other then ly god ll forget our sin remember that….he didn’t appreciate others to follow the rash drive…he just acted film thats all…who u are to punish others….god will take care of that…he is a christian he trusted god so god ll forget his sin and mistakes…finish your work for wat u came tothis world…so don’t try to punish him and his family…they are chrustian now u doing mistake by doing this to him and his family…he is not a sinner if so also u don’t worry thats god decision u cant tell others a sinner…so am kindly requesting u to conduct the funeral please…

  18. ROAM   December 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    You people are amazing………………………..God loves us all, from the poorest to the riches, from a preacher to the biggest sinner under the sun, I’m a Christian and my wife a jew, but God still stays at my side through thick and thin, so if I have to die they will also come and riot my funeral????? Think again people God isn’t there only for some and not for others. Paul was a good actor, a good person, no one is better than the other, we all came from ashes and to ashes we will return.
    Every one is equal and show some respect for Paul Walker.
    All the best for the Walker family, you remain in my thoughts and prayer.

  19. Ruth   December 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    the people from this church arent sended by god they work for satan they need to have some more respect for the pain and suffering of others ,as far as i can see they live out of other peoples pain and what they dont realize is that they are putting gods name in all this durty job that they are doing instead of them judging people anddisturbing other peoples lives they need to get a life and actually serve god like they r suppose to instead of discusting ther selves god has called all the people that has died to his kingdom to help him protect all of us that are here in earth ,there has been good people and bad people but he still loves them the same no matter what they did he still wants them in his kingdom so these people from westboro baptist church need to leave the families alone they go thru enough by losing there love ones for them to make it worst u need to look at what ur doing first before u judge someone else and u are nobody to judge god is our only judge in this world.i pray god to give the walker family and the families of the ny train accident all the strenth in the world and peace that u need and god bless all the families that like paul walkers familiy are going thru this tragety

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  22. Emily   December 3, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I’m Christian and this makes me so angry >.< I can't believe there's people like them in world. They call themselves followers of Christ, but He would never do something like the things they do.Obviously they haven't read the Bible. Please, don't think every single Christian in the world are like those insane ones from de Westboro Church, we're not like that are.
    I pray to God Paul's family and friends find consolation and peace.

  23. millie   December 3, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    This is not God’s doing. It is satan. He is likes to destroy.
    God loves every body. We all sin and God forgives
    We cannot judge.Let him rest in peace and leave the rest
    up to our Lord and saviour. And keep the family in our prayers.

  24. Nicole A.   December 3, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Westboro Church members/followers are nothing more than hatemongers and BULLIES. God does not condone such actions and in all reality is disgusted that these individuals use his holy name in vain!! We as a nation have an opportunity to show these people that their views are not penetrating our shells because we do not give ear nor heart to the ignorant ramblings of a people who so clearly work for SATAN. In all reality all they are doing is confirming their own seats in HELL. I look at these individuals with pathetic eyes because no true follower of Jesus Christ would ever stoop so low as to spread hate this way.

  25. Krystal   December 3, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Didn’t Jesus tell the crowd that was about to stone the woman who here that is not of sin shall cast the 1st stone” If they are “church people” and know the bible then they won’t be doing stuff like this If Christ was here today they would do the same so lets leave them to God. God had a better plan for Paul may his soul rest in peace.

  26. Jamie Robson   December 3, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Paul Walker was a wonderful giving man, it sickens me to think that a church of all places would laugh and mock Paul’s death. his life was brutally cut short. He did not deserve to die,. Churches like this shouldn’t even be allowed to exist, those people are completely off their rockers and I hope Gods “fury” will punish them as they deserve. RIP Paul, your thoughtfullness and kind heart will never be forgotten. Shame on Westboro Baptist Church how can you be so EVIL and call yourself a church. My heart goes out to the entire Walker family, especially Meadow. Paul is an Angel now and will be watching over her.

  27. Rebecca Savastio   December 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    @Christine: Just to clarify, the funeral is not being held at the Westboro church, rather, the church members from Westboro will travel to the funeral to protest. Thanks for your comment.

  28. Christine Tanner   December 3, 2013 at 9:46 am

    I hope Paul Walkers family rethinks having his funeral at that church. This is not the time for anyones disrespect. They mentioned GOD being A “FURIOUS ” GOD and punishing those who have died. These people are nuts. My heart goes out to the entire Walker family for their loss. I pray GOD gives you all the strenth and peace you will need.


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