Members of the Westboro Baptist Church, who blame homosexuality for the world’s ills, have said they will picket the funeral of Michael Jackson.
The star is to be buried tomorrow at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. He died of a suspected heart attack on June 25th.
The church, headed by pastor Fred Phelps, usually prefer to picket the funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq and AIDS victims. They claim they were killed by God as a punishment for homosexuality.
According to the group’s picket schedule, they will be holding a protest outside the star’s funeral.
An announcement on their website said: “Michael Wacko Jacko Jackson is in hell! WBC will be there to remind you to stop worshiping the dead. We will be there to tell you to Thank God for the death of this filthy, adulterous, idolatrous, gender-confused, nationality-confused, unthankful brute beast. We will be there to remind you that God Killed Wacko Jacko.”
Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper are now banned from entering the UK. They are on a list of 16 individuals banned from entering the country since October due to their extremist views.