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Westboro tweets fake protest pic from Whitney Houston funeral

By Kim I. Hartman     Feb 18, 2012 in Entertainment
Newark - A picture tweeted by Margie Phelps on Twitter depicting what appears to be Westboro Baptist Church protest signs outside the Whitney Houston funeral has created a stir on the Internet after it was declared fake by several news media outlets.
Westboro Baptist Church stepped up their antagonizing of grieving Whitney Houston fans by tweeting a low-resolution image that was allgedly altered to appear as if there was an active picket taking place outside the New Hope Baptist Church today.
The Kansas-based anti-homosexual hate group announced their plans to protest at the Houston funeral this week, along with posting a parody of a Whitney Houston song, "God Will Always Hate You, Whitney" online in a successful attempt to create a media stir to focus attention on their agenda.
Today was no different from the past week for the radical Westboro group. Margie Phelps, daughter of church pastor Fred Phelps, took to Twitter again today with funeral tweets that led some to believe that group was present at the church and staging a picket. reported, "Star-Ledger reporters on the scene said access to that area had been restricted all day, and confirmed no active protests were occurring in the place depicted in the photograph."
Phelps' attention-seeking tweets from today were directed to media groups and Occupy Newark protesters. Members of the Occupy Newark organization had called on supporters to gather at the Houston funeral to become a buffer to shield the Westboro Baptist Church group from the view of the mourning family.
The Star-Ledger confirmed that members of the Occupy group were present for the funeral with a sign that read "Occupy prays for another soul our community could not save," but say they never saw any representatives from Westboro Baptist Church. The lack of any confirmed sightings of members of the Phelps family at the funeral has fueled the controversy around the validity of the highly questionable picture tweeted by Margie Phelps.
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