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Westboro to Protest at Ebert's Funeral

Group says 'fool' was gay 'enabler'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2013 7:01 AM CDT
Westboro to Protest Roger Ebert's Funeral
In this Jan. 12, 2011 file photo, movie critic Roger Ebert works in his office at the WTTW-TV studios in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – The Westboro Baptist Church has announced the latest target of its charming attentions: this morning's funeral of the "fool" Roger Ebert. In a press release, the group calls the critic a 'f-g enabler," saying he "sold his soul for some fame & fortune" and is bound for "eternal torment & sorrow in Hell," the Hollywood Reporter notes. The release says Ebert "mocked" the group. On Twitter last month, he posted a link to a Salon piece about a gay man's visit to the church. "Just another day at Westboro Baptist," Ebert wrote. In 2011, another Ebert tweet called the church "odious," DNAinfo.com adds. (Read more Westboro Baptist Church stories.)

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