Next Up for Westboro: Picketing Liz Taylor's Funeral

Extremist church denounces AIDS research champion
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2011 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Mar 24, 2011 6:48 AM CDT
Westboro Baptist Church Vows to Picket Elizabeth Taylor Funeral
Flowers and a portrait adorn Elizabeth Taylor's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Wednesday, March 23, 2011.    (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

(Newser) – The Westboro Baptist Church has reacted predictably to Elizabeth Taylor's passing. The Kansas-based extremist church has sent out a series of hate-filled tweets denouncing the star, and says it will picket her funeral, reports PopEater. Sample tweet: "Anyone trying to pretend No RIP Elizabeth Taylor is anywhere but in torment in hell #stoprightthere - get over your lying mean self & OBEY." The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that the anti-gay church's funeral protests are protected under the First Amendment. Westboro's hatred of Taylor presumably stems from her tireless advocacy for AIDS research, for which she was widely praised yesterday. Click to read more of Westboro's tweets about Taylor. (Read more Elizabeth Taylor dead stories.)

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