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Is Westboro Baptist Church Planning to Protest at Maya Angelou’s Funeral?

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Photo Credit: Heavy.com

Photo Credit: Heavy.com

Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for picketing the funerals of deαd servicemen and women, but Heavy.com is reporting that the vile hate filled church has a new target.

According to published tweets, the church may be planning to picket the funeral of acclaimed novelist and poet Maya Angelou because she “spent many of her 86 yrs on fαg’s favorite misdirection, pretending fαgging off is like being black.”

The church is vehemently opposed to gay rights and somehow always finds a way to vent that opposition by protesting. They protest military members who’ve died in battle regardless of their orientation or support for the LGBT community.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the Kansas based church was planning to protest a high school in Washington because students there are planning a Pride celebration.

“The message of Pride Day is that as a public school in our Nation’s Capitol, we support LGBTQ+ students, and we are committed to making our school and our Capitol a safer and more welcoming space for everyone,” says 15-year-old sophomore Neilah Rovinsky, according to the Post, but that hasn’t dissuaded Westboro one bit.

“You should be hanging your heads in shame for such a thing,” reads a portion of the Westboro website announcing the protest.

In addition to her many accomplishments, Angelou was a supporter of marriage equality for gay couples. She once phoned New York state Senator Shirley Huntley when the issue was before the legislature. “To love someone takes a lot of courage,” Angelou said. “So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sεx and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?”

Huntley, who was originally opposed to the same sεx marriage law, ended up supporting it.

 

583 Comments

  1. FASTBLACK

    May 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I WOULD SUGGEST THEY NOT DO THAT…

  2. Toni

    May 29, 2014 at 11:14 am

    They need to leave that one alone.

  3. anonymous

    May 29, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I believe that Maya Angelou, like Oprah, Gayle, Robin Roberts, Condi Rice, Julianne Malveaux, Katrina Adams (along with many other famous and single black women) is gay.

    And make no mistake…these women are part of a network that promotes each other’s professional efforts. After all, there are many,many talented performers, even more talented than those named above who will simply never be recognized.

    Being recognized almost always means that you have to be holding another card in you hands. Maya Angelou is a genius. However, had it not been for Oprah, would she have achieved the same fame?

    These protests are naïve. Maya Angelou died famous and privileged. She won.

    • Tee

      May 29, 2014 at 11:39 am

      You may be on to something there.

    • Angela Phillips

      May 29, 2014 at 11:45 am

      Regarding the comment about Maya Angelou being part of a network of gay women and Oprah making her famous……..Maya was famous before Oprah was born….she was also very courageous in using the story of her life to help others…..I dont think she would have hesitated to lend her orientation to the fight for gay rights

    • LoLo

      May 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Maya did not need Oprah, Oprah needed Maya!!!!!! research, Maya was doing the Phil Donahue Show in the 70’s she was a regular. I am surprised I have not heard Phil Donahue comment on Maya’s death…

    • claudia d james

      May 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      maya was famous before oprah was on
      the scene. do your research

    • maria

      May 29, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      I dont care if they are nuns. Thats their busness so what how many other things fall under their names.

    • Mr. Truth

      May 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Anonymous, shame on you. If she were gay, what was her message she taught. Stand tall, be proud, be a good person, love your neighbor. She walked with Malcolm X and MLK. She was a lady and went out with grace. To attack or accuse her is unfair and cowardly. Next time you talk to your mother, slap her for not raising you better.

    • Keith Colquitt

      May 31, 2014 at 12:51 am

      Anonymous, you’re an ass. Your lack of intelligence is evident in your post. We live in an age when people who are gay are generally not afraid to say so, especially the rich and powerful. Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Michael Sam, and many more have “come out” as gay. Oprah has not come out as gay but has repeatedly denied that she is. I see no reason to doubt her.
      Maya Angelou was world-famous long before anyone ever heard of Oprah Winfrey. She had already achieved fame as a writer, a poet, an actress, and a singer. She was already a university professor. Learn a few facts before you spout off.

    • cheche

      May 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm

      I DONT GIVE A DAM IF SHE WAS GAY OR NOT AND I WOULD NOT BLAME HER AFTER BEING RAPE AT THE AGE OF 7 YOU IDIOT!!! WHAT MATTERS IS THE IMPACT THIS OUTSTANDING WOMEN HAD ON OUR NATION. SOME PEOPLE ARE SUCH HATERS THAT THEY PUT EVERYONE DOWN WHO ARE JUST AS JEALOUS AS THEM!

  4. Donna

    May 29, 2014 at 11:54 am

    the people of the place where she will be buried need to come out in force and repel this slime back to Topeka. I live 45 mins. from Topeka and these people disgust me. I was born in Atchison, KS. A few yrs back this slime slid up the highway to Atchison to protest a young man’s funeral who was killed in a grain explosion. Atchison came out in force, let me tell ya. This slime never got the opportunity to pull the placards out of their vehicles. this is what everyone should do if they are ever in your town.

  5. Ann G.

    May 29, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I would suggest that these “White freaks” keep their butts at their church and stop meddling in others affairs, after all, I wonder how many of them are inbred due to everyone in the church being a relative, they better pray for their own souls! I don’t think it would end well for them to show up!

  6. kimberly

    May 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    That’s a damn shame!

  7. Rev. George Brooks

    May 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    NATURALLY MOI, where did you all get this information about this church will be protesting Maya Angelou’s funeral? You all NEVER give complete details about most of the stories you put on this website. So did any of you have have, AND PASS, even journalism 101? Now, as for that nutty church, I don’t care about them protesting, but not funerals of any kind. But protesting FONs (freaks of nature), or any thing else doesn’t bother me. BUT NOT FUNERALS !!! So we will see if there is any truth to this usually kindergarten type stories. Because you don’t always have enough facts and proper, reliable sources, to back up your stories. Did you all interview any people, and then contact the Westboro Church to get their side of the story? — Rev. George Brooks

    • claudia d james

      May 29, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      if they are not reporting the news to your standards find another website to go to.

  8. ericaf

    May 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Rev.George Brooks is correct,they always tease without any facts to back up the story. The reason people come here is to get information that may not be in the mainstream media about our people so they have a responsibility to deliver factual information with proper grammar. It’s just the professional thing to do.

    • hakimah ismail

      May 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

      so very well said, ericat. so often the lead for the story takes you to nothing worth while at all. Sometimes i feel like i’ve been played, you know.

  9. cheche

    May 31, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    This protest was reported in the New York Post and other reputable papers!

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