Hate Church Plans to Picket Ledger Funeral

Baptist extremists will bash late actor for 'Brokeback' role
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2008 9:53 AM CST
Heath Ledger, left, and Jake Gyllenhaal, right, star in Focus Features and River Road Entertainments' "Brokeback Mountain."   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – A homophobic Kansas church known for protesting at the funerals of dead soldiers has announced plans to picket Heath Ledger's funeral because he played a gay character in Brokeback Mountain, MSNBC reports. "He got on that big screen with a big, fat message: God is a liar and it's OK to be gay,” said a statement from the Westboro Baptist Church.

The statement from the widely reviled church, classed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group, went on to say that the actor was "now in hell." “Wow, that should make his family feel great,” one person close to Ledger snapped. “I seriously don’t understand what is wrong with people."