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article imageWestboro Church plans funeral picket of Jackass star Ryan Dunn

By Kim I. Hartman     Jun 23, 2011 in Entertainment
West Chester - Westboro Baptist Church has announced another controversial funeral protest, this time planned for the funeral of Jackass star Ryan Dunn who died in a fiery car crash Monday. Police reports say Dunn's blood alcohol content was double the legal limit.
The police report has been made public on the accident involving Ryan Dunn and his friend and production assistant Zachary Hartwell in the early morning hours of June 20, and it looks as if alcohol was a factor in the crash that claimed the lives of the two young men in Pennsylvania.
The death of Dunn has gained national attention because of his celebrity status as one of the stars of the hit Jackass movies. Boosting the blogosphere barometer were reports of the infamous tweet by Roger Ebert, who claimed "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive."
Dunn continues to stay in the news in very different way now that Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has announced their proposed plan to picket the funeral of the actor, scheduled to be held in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
In a news release from Westboro Church the group writes:
"This arrogant jackass, famous for his “vulgar stunts” at which this nation snickered, died in a car accident in Goshen, PA (one of the most evil states to ever exist) after tweeting a picture of himself & two “friends” drinking – just hours before a 3 AM high-speed crash left him & his passenger dead & in flames. This is no prank! In His wrath, God cut off this young man in the prime of his life, because he made a mock of sin, and taught his fellow man to grievously sin against God!"
The author of the Fred Phelp's family WBC press release continued by mocking the friends, fans and family of Dunn, who took to Twitter to share their feelings following the announcement of his death. WBC said, "Now it’s too late. Reality for Ryan Dunn: Hell moved from beneath to greet him; sentence is eternal! No stunt man to stand in!"
WBC claimed on their website that they "will picket any public memorial or funeral held for Dunn, warning all not to make a mock of sin, and to fear and obey God!"
CNN reported that a private 'family-only' service was being planned for Dunn, with a public funeral for "later in the week." Joseph DellaVecchia, "funeral director for DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in West Chester said he didn't expect any disturbances, although he'd heard of Westboro's plans. "We can’t stop someone from coming to a public funeral, but this is private, and the police have everything under control."
Westboro Baptist Church is well-known for picketing at military funerals, celebrity funerals, funerals of politicians and other high profile personalities and other public events.
Westboro has been known to post events on their picket schedule on the family run website and then no-show, as they did last weekend at the military funeral of Sgt. Devin Snyder. Snyder, a female member of the military from Cohocton, New York, was buried Saturday with hundreds of Patriot Guard members present to guard against any disturbance by the church members. The WBC did not making an appearance.
Funeral arrangements for Dunn are expected to be announced soon.
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