A small group of religious extremist threat to demonstrate at Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral, denigrating the Hollywood actress for her love life, her gay friends and her fight against AIDS.
The religious group, which is used to this kind of demonstration, denounced the continued commitment of Hollywood star for the gay community.
With a hundred members, the group is known to attend regularly and loudly at funerals of American soldiers killed in combat, chanting slogans like “America Is Doomed”.
The Church believes that the dead soldiers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are divine punishment for America’s tolerance towards homosexuality, and are a sign of the imminent destruction of the country.
One of the members of the Westboro Baptist Church, Margie Phelps, daughter of the leader of this fundamentalist movement, has posted on Twitter the following message a few hours after the announcement of the star’s death: “No RIP Elizabeth Taylor who spent her life in adultery and enabling proud f**s. They cuss her in hell today. #Westboro will picket funeral!”
The extremist group has so far remained free of criminal activity. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church are protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. The latter protects freedom of religion and freedom of expression.