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Westboro Baptist Church to picket Roger Ebert's funeral

Posted By KATE STANTON, UPI.com   |   April 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM
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Members of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church have made a name for themselves protesting the funerals of soldiers, gay teens and shooting victims, and they've now set their sights on beloved Sun-Times writer Roger Ebert, whose funeral takes place Monday in Chicago.

The extremist religious group announced plans to picket the ceremony over the weekend, calling the late film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner a "f** enabler" for "mocking" them in a March 25 tweet, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Just another day at Westboro Baptist," Ebert wrote last month, linking to a story about one gay man's day with the group.

"Lord willing, WBC to picket in lawful proximity to the funeral of f** enabler Roger Ebert at "Preists (sic) Rape Boys" Holy Name Cathedral," Westboro said in a statement.

The group also calls Ebert an "American entertainment industry publicity leech" and a "fool" who "sold his soul for some fame & fortune."

Ebert was 70 years old when he died last Thursday after losing his battle with cancer.

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