Elizabeth Taylor Funeral: Westboro Baptist Church 'Picket Threat'

Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor

I've always wondered if people would hate Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church members as much as they do if the Westborons only picketed the funerals of, say, gay men who died of AIDS. Anyhow, apparently Westboro's Christian haters want more visibility than what they get by picketing the funerals of little-known US military servicemen. They're now going after a mega-Hollywood star.

Margie Phelps, daughter of Westboro pastor Fred Phelps, tweeted Wednesday that their group may picket Elizabeth Taylor's funeral, in all probability because of her work against AIDS.

One of Phelps' tweets about Elizabeth Taylor's death was “RIP Elizabeth Taylor is in hell as sure as you're reading this & getting mad as a wet hen. She should've obeyed God. Too late!” She was also thrilled that various websites have been spreading the word that the Westboro Christian Church “will picket funeral of serial-adulterous fag hag RIP Elizabeth Taylor Yay!” Phelps added that Taylor has “joined Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger in hell.”

Elizabeth Taylor became an AIDS activist at a time when Ronald Reagan's White House pretended the – for many – “gay disease” didn't exist. That was in late 1984, or about ten months before the death of Taylor's friend Rock Hudson from complications of the disease in October 1985.

“Well, I kept seeing all these news reports on this new disease,” Taylor would remark about her decision to become involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS, “and kept asking myself why no one was doing anything. And then I realized I was just like them. I wasn't doing anything to help.” She helped to found the charitable AIDS research organization amfAr in 1985.

According to its website, in the last 25 years amfAr “has invested nearly $325 million in its mission and has awarded grants to more than 2,000 research teams worldwide.”

Photo: via amfAr

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3 Comments to Elizabeth Taylor Funeral: Westboro Baptist Church 'Picket Threat'

  1. Danny

    Maybe we should all pray that God will save the Westboro Baptists from their evil actions and heal their sick souls.

  2. One wonders what this even accomplishes aside from simply spreading hatred. I honestly can't fathom it.

  3. What are Fred Phelps and the WBC afraid of? Rainbows? Unicorns? A flaming pink queer apocalypse? I attempted to address this with a portrait of the good reverend on my artist's blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/03/fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church.html Drop in and let me know what you think!