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article imageWestboro Baptist Church will picket Whitney Houston funeral

By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 16, 2012 in Entertainment
Westfield - The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for its radical demonstrations at the funerals of soldiers, celebrities, and homosexuals, has announced their plans to picket outside the funeral of music superstar Whitney Houston.
The church group believes that God is punishing the United States with death, disease, war and destruction because of America’s acceptance of homosexuality, and has gained support for its cause by protesting at high-profile public and private funerals around the country.
In a prepared statement they said, “God gave Whitney Houston a beautiful singing voice and a world-wide platform, which she should have used to encourage obedience to His Word and warn the wicked that their rebellion brings destruction from the hand of God. Westboro will picket her funeral to warn the living: “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
Whitney Houston, 48, daughter of gospel legend Cissy Houston, had struggled over the past decade in a battle with drugs and alcohol that is blamed on ex-husband Bobby Brown, with whom she had a tumultuous, and sometimes violent marriage that kept the couple in the media spotlight.
Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, took to Twitter following the death of Houston last Saturday at the Beverly Hilton, where she was found unconscious in a bathtub and later declared dead.
Phelps said, "No R.I.P. Whitney Houston. You don't live your life serving self and sin, stealing God's glory, and get peace. God gave her a voice, she used it to teach sin, not serve God. Fags call her 'gay icon.' Yeah, WBC is picketing that funeral."
A Westboro Baptist Church picket sign of singer Whitney Houston.
A Westboro Baptist Church picket sign of singer Whitney Houston.
Westboro Baptist Church
In a further attempt to express their disdain for Whitney's lifestyle choices, the Westboro Baptist Church released a parody of a Houston song, entitled "God, Will Always Hate You Whitney," in which they called the singing sensation a "druggie," further manipulating the words of the hit Houston song to share their twisted message.
Later, Phelps tweeted, "Yay! 2 pickets in NJ-Whitney Houston funeral and legislature," possibly revealing the church's plans to protest Houston's funeral as well as NJ's gay marriage bill's recent passage while they visit the Garden State.
Despite the flurry of Facebook posts and tweets from Margie Phelps, there is still a chance that the Westboro group, which is small in number, may not show up for the private funeral scheduled for Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she is expected to be buried beside her father. The extremist anti-homosexual hate group has failed to make an appearance at several recent protests they claimed they would be attending.
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