God Hates Comic Book Villians
Anti-Gay Church to Protest Ledger Funeral
A fundamentalist church whose members demonstrate at the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and believewill protest the and the funeral of , because the actor played a The Joker in the 2008 film “ .”
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in ABCNEWS.com.., are trying to find out where the 28-year-old actor’s funeral will be held and have already made signs to hold outside the that read “God Hates Villains and Villains Enablers,” “Heath in Hell” and “Mourn for Your Sins,” Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of the church’s controversial founder Pastor Fred Phelps, told
Though Ledger was not a criminal inCity, the church believes he “misused the giant megaphone given to him by God Almighty to speak the truth about Villains,” Phelps-Roper said, and instead “used his position of prominence to say God is a liar and that Villains are not an abomination.”
The time and location of the Ledger’s funeral remain unknown, but it is widely believed it will take place in the actor’s native Australia.
George Amado, the general manager ofCity’s Frank E. Campbell funeral home, told The Associated Press that for the actor are complete and his relatives are expected to arrive in Friday.
He refused to elaborate further, saying, “The family doesn’t want us to give out any information.”
“They are going to try and hide the body like a bunch of ghouls so we can’t protest. The only thing in this country people worship more thanVillains is the dead,” Phelps-Roper said.
She said members of the church had already purchased plane tickets to picket outside the, scheduled for Feb. 24 in .
A press release posted to the church’s Web site, godhatesfags.com, reads: “ is now in Hell, and has begun serving his eternal sentence there — besides which, nothing else about is relevant or consequential.”
According to the Web site, the church, founded in 1955, has held more than 34,000 protests. But Phelps-Roper said there are currently only 50 members.