Robin Williams: Westboro Baptist Church could picket funeral after saying he was 'hated by God' and is 'in hell'
The group has targeted several celebrities and bands with homophobic protests
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Westboro Baptist Church could picket Robin Williams’ funeral after saying the actor is “going to hell” and was “hated by God”.
The homophobic hate group created placards with slogans and photos of the late actor as news of his death spread on Tuesday, using the hashtags #NoObedienceNoPeace and #MustPicketFuneral.
“God hates divorce”, one read, and another said “Robin in hell” with a picture of his head in flames.
The 63-year-old comedian was found dead on Monday after hanging himself at his home in Tiburon, California.
In a stream of hate-filled tweets, the WestboroBaptist Church said Williams “mocked God” with his comedy and “according to all evidence” he was hated by God and in hell.
One tweet said: “He was a hot mess! Given great talent then #cursed 'coz he didn't give glory to God!”
Westboro members also took signs about Williams to the offices of nine technology firms including YouTube and Google for planned “God hates the media” rallies.
Ironically, the group used Twitter to share pictures of their pickets, telling people to let them know them where a memorial service for Williams was being held.
A date for the actor’s funeral has not been announced and the schedule on the Westboro Baptist Church website, godhatesfags.com, was not available because of “technical difficulties” on Wednesday morning.
Known for its “God hates fags” slogan and homophobic, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views, the Kansas-based group has infamously picketed funerals of soldiers and celebrities including Michael Jackson.
They are frequently outnumbered by counter-protesters at demonstrations and several members of the founding Phelps family have been banned from entering the UK.
Members seemed to take issue with Williams’ comedy as “mocking God” and called him a “fag enabler”.
One tweet said he "decided to use his considerable talent to push filthy life styles [sic], flagrant debauchery, and hedonism".
The actor never shied away from challenging roles in his varied career, cross-dressing in Mrs Doubtfire, playing a Jewish gay man in the 1996 film The Birdcage and a character struggling to come to terms with his sexuality in the unreleased film Boulevard, shot last year.
Barack Obama, Prince Charles, Steven Spielberg and countless actors who worked with Williams in his decades-long career were among those who shared their memories of the comedian in an unprecedented outpouring of tributes.
Video: The death of Robin Williams
Officials said all evidence indicates the actor killed himself but a final ruling will be announced after toxicology reports and interviews with witnesses are complete.
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Warriors in ancient Iraq suffered Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder more than 3,000 years ago, say researchers
US blames Russia after rocket attacks in Ukraine kill at least 30
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...
£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...
£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our Client has been the leader ...