Westboro to Picket Robin Williams’ Funeral

So Planting Peace is organizing a benefit for charity dear to Williams

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 17, 2014 8:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Back in 1996, Robin Williams made a movie called The Birdcage, in which he played a gay father. That's apparently a little too tolerant for the folks of the Westboro Baptist Church, who the Telegraph reports have now announced plans to picket the comedian's funeral, apparently "To Warn The Living: Repent Or Likewise Perish." Details of Williams' funeral, which will reportedly be very small and very private, haven't yet been announced. But WBC's announcement is already getting some reaction from its neighbors at Planting Peace, notes the Advocate: The group is inviting people to counteract "the WBC's message of hate through a fundraising event benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a cause Mr. Williams passionately and publicly supported." The Remembering Robin campaign had a goal of $30,000; it is currently just north of $40,000.

This Nov. 23, 2009 photo shows Robin Williams performing his stand-up show, “Weapons of Self Destruction,” at Town Hall in New York.
This Nov. 23, 2009 photo shows Robin Williams performing his stand-up show, “Weapons of Self Destruction,” at Town Hall in New York.   (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca)
This Dec. 15, 2010 photo shows Robin Williams with Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell.
This Dec. 15, 2010 photo shows Robin Williams with Army Maj. Gen John F. Campbell.   (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Defense, Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks)
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