Ebert Funeral Protest Set, But Westboro Extremists Are No-Shows

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 03:20 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Though the extremist Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing the memorial services of soldiers and gay teenagers, vowed to protest legendary film critic Roger Ebert's funeral on Monday, there was no sign of them, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Reporters camped out at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago Monday morning for Ebert's service tweeted that there didn’t appear to be any protesters present.

The Kansas-based church announced its plans to attend the funeral Saturday with a press release, titled "God Hates F** Enabler Roger Ebert," posted on its website.

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"American entertainment industry publicity leech Roger Ebert took to Twitterverse to mock the faithful servants of God at Westboro Baptist Church," the release read. "This fool sold his soul for some fame and fortune… Now the famed critic is in a new jurisdiction, where he can see the blessings poured out on God's humble servants in heaven, from his seat of eternal torment and sorrow in Hell! It's too late for the fool Roger Ebert! WBC will continue to bind those who still live in Doomed America to God's eternal laws & Word, so you, like Roger, are without excuse!"

The group is apparently taking aim at Ebert over a tweet he sent out March 25, which linked to a Salon.com post that contained an excerpt of the book "Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America." In the book, author Jeff Chu, a gay man, spends a day at Westboro as part of his research.

The Westboro Baptist Church has also protested at the funerals of Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Edwards, and the victims of the Arizona shooting that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Ebert, 70, died April 4 after a decade-long battle with cancer.

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