Westboro Baptist Church to Picket Paul Walker’s Funeral, Group Says
The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has said they will picket the funeral of “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker.
The church this week tweeted that Paul Walker was “cut off” and said the “WBC [will] picket” his funeral.
The church, which is based in Kansas, commonly pickets the funerals of soldiers and some celebrities. The Topeka-based institution said that it would picket the funeral of “Glee” actor Cory Monteith earlier this year.
“Paul Walker taught a nation to be fast & furious,” the church wrote on its Twitter, adding that “he died that same way.”
“Paul served himself & the gods of this world (money, fame, excess of riot, etc.) while refusing to serve His Creator & use his platform, to encourage his neighbors to do the same,” it also tweeted.
The church also wrote that it “rejoice[s] when God’s judgments” are meted out, referring to the death of Paul Walker and those who died on the Metro North train crash on Sunday.
It is unclear if the church will picket the funerals of those who died in the train crash.
A number of users on Twitter responded to the church’s messages, saying it was spreading hate.
Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas–who was driving–both died in a fiery car crash on Saturday evening in Southern California, it was reported. The cause of the crash is not clear.
E! News on Wednesday reported that actor Tyrese Gibson is helping Walker’s family put together funeral arrangements. He met with Walker’s father and mother on Sunday.
“Bishop TD Jakes reached out to me today and spoke healing and closure…Then I went online and came across this powerful word he spoke at a recent funeral and the word was ‘I know it feels like death has won,’” Gibson wrote on Facebook.
He added: “I flipped a few words so that it felt more personal to what were all going through right now in this moment and I just wanted to share this…So that we all get a since of closure around Paul’s transition and or whoever else you may have lost…Embrace…”