Westboro Baptist Church Plan to Picket Jeff Hanneman's Funeral

Fundamental Christian group organizing protest.

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NME is today reporting that the Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket the funeral of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman. The fundamentalist Christian group has previously targeted the funerals of US soldiers. They have also picketed concerts of artists such as Radiohead and Foo Fighters.

According to an announcement on the group's Twitter page, they plan to perform a cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" at the funeral:

WBC to #picket funeral of Jeff Hanneman, singing our #CrazyTrain parody at full voice: mp3twit.com/dHM #PartyForSlayer cc: @slayer

Westboro Baptist (@WBCSays) May 3, 2013

Slayer fans have already started to organize a counter-picket, with some suggesting throwing red-paint-filled water balloons at the group in response. Gwar front man Oderus Urungus has also taken to twitter to express his anger at the Westboro Baptist Church:

Breaking my Twitter vacation again to call upon the metal tribe to show their strength at Jeff Hanneman's funeral and shout down those fucks

Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) May 6, 2013

If u don't know what I mean, a bunch of Westboro Church a-holes are planning to protest. If I was in the states I would be there..represent!

Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) May 6, 2013

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    I think they chose the wrong funeral to picket.
    its their funeral
    Mr Winters
    It should literally be their funeral. The world would be a better place if all those morons were dead.
    Somebody will probably die at the hands of a Slayer fan. I'd bet money on it.
    yeah and then the media is gonna start on the "violent metal fans shit again."
    Even most media is against the WBC. I doubt they'd really see anything wrong with it.
    I don't even think the media has any intention of backing the WBC unless they can bans guns with it.
    Media is evil but it would backfire. Wouldn't the nation then see them as heroes? "What? A metal fan killed/ better yet, beat the living Sh#t out of a WBC member? Awesome!!!" is pretty much how it would go Ha! People would tell the media to STFU lol. I would easily take an assault charge for Jeff.
    You kinda sound just like the WBC.
    WBC Westboro Baptist Cunts.. Home of the missled ass holes poorly brainwashed into believeing the worst logic ever.
    My Last Words
    You'd be surprised to see how easy it is to make people believe the most ridiculous things.. Honestly, I don't blame all the little kids holding up signs with "God hates fags", I mean they don't know no better.. It's sad really..
    I like how they put god, hate, fags in the same sentence and pretend to be christians
    In fairness, the god of the bible really does have some serious anti-gay issues. The WBC are wrong for secular reasons, not theological ones.
    you're right, people shouldnt be held responsible or accountable for their actions, as long as we blame someone right? moron....
    Except he didn't say people shouldn't be held accountable he just said that it's easy to make people believe crazy things, especially kids, and it's true kids generally think the things adults they are close to do are the right things to do. Maybe try grasping what someone is trying to get at before throwing out insults, makes you look like a very small person.
    He can sound like whoever he wants, he's right. I will not shed a tear if these people died tomorrow. What a waste of the gift of life, to spend it criticising and mocking innocent people that have actually contributed something to humanity. Fuck them. Fuck them all. And I'm barely a fan of Slayer.
    "Oooh hey, let's picket the funeral of the lead guitarist of a band whom's fans are known for Carving the band's logo into their flesh . There's no way this could go wrong!"
    My thoughts exactly. I don't think they realize exactly how bat-sh*t crazy Slayer fans can get.
    I don't like to approve violence but these guys are mad c***s, I hope there's some real psychotic Slayer fans turning up. : P It's time for..... Chem- Christian Warfare!
    that church represents pretty much everything that is wrong in modern society and religion
    Amen I may not be a large slayer fan, But i respect the contribution to music they have made. Additionally it is disrespectful to picket ANY funeral. I think bad religion says it all in their combined works of their songs about the true nature of religion in modern society. But also remember that these people represent only the christian extremists like the suicide bombers and whatnot represent only the muslim extremists. Both religions in the morals abhor this kinda stuff. That said, the westbro baptist church needs to be tough a HUGE fking lesson in humility and common decency.
    exactly hes a human being before a rock star...he was a baby, kid, teenager, man. just like us all. this group needs to unexpectedly find them selfs in a SLAYER moshpit surrounded by fire... RIP JEFF! ****ing sucks hes gone.
    That church doesn't represent any other form of religion in any sense.
    Gerard Way Jr
    Seconded; even the most fundamentalist of the fundamentalists scratch their heads at WBC.
    my mothers pastor whom is a fundamentalist Baptist has preach a message to let people know that this is not what Christian should do ever!!!! and they do not even believe what there religion truly teaches....the WBC is a bunch of dumbasses
    40 Westboro Baptist Church members verses hundreds, if not thousands of very sad and angry slayer fans. Yeh this can only end well.
    If they don't get Hell's Angels or something to moderate, there's going to be multiple funerals. Maybe just a mass grave.
    mat hazelwood
    yes Hell's Angels as bouncers would turn out really well, ask the Rolling Stones.
    Heh I think I recall the Angels being quite effective in repelling the WBC before. Oh hell, just get some folks to dress as pirates and counter-protest. That worked wonders here in LR
    They were very effective during the Sandy Hook memorials
    it wouldn't surprise if hells angels are slayer fans aswell, so the wBC will get ****ed up by hells angels and slayer fans
    My Last Words
    "The pickets have resulted in several lawsuits. In 1995, Phelps Sr.'s eldest grandson, Benjamin Phelps, was convicted of assault and disorderly conduct after spitting upon the face of a passerby during a picket.[18] In the 1990s the church won a series of lawsuits against the City of Topeka and Shawnee County for efforts taken to prevent or hinder WBC picketing, and was awarded approximately $200,000 in attorney's fees and costs associated with the litigation. " Just ignore them, giving them attention is exactly what they want..
    WBC, you finally picked the wrong funeral to picket. Your time has come and Hell Awaits. Not to mention, Jeff would love to see these *****s beat up. I hope to soon see a UG headline that reads: 'Raining Blood after WBC brutally beaten at Jeff Hanneman funeral by angry Slayer fans' R.I.P. Jeff, we miss you
    Finally picked the wrong funeral? Because when they picketed Dio's funeral or the Sandy Hook memorial, it was alright? I see where you're coming from, though. For them to protest there is absolute madness... I haut wonder how long they'll last.
    I agree. These people are sick and should be recognized as a hate group. It is seriously just a bunch of losers trying to get attention by making extremely idiotic movements for press.
    It's not that Dio or Sandy Hooks funerals were alright, Slayer fans have been known to be loyal and pretty wild.
    They where at dio's funeral? If they come neer where I live I WILL FUCK THEM UP!!
    ye to be fair if they do get the seven shades of sh*t kicked out of them then its long overdue, these people are just disrespectful scum
    While I don't preach violence, I wouldn't be surprised if these sad f*cks get beaten like piatas by thousands of pissed off Slayer fans - and they deserve it, considering the suffering they've caused to all the innocent people who they've targeted with their bullshit. "Raining Blood" is going to take on a whole new meaning.
    Look, we all know this is wrong, but it serves no service to report about this church. Like a troll, they feed off negative publicity and in hurting people. It would be better for news reporters to starve them of the attention they so sadly desire.
    On one hand you're right. But on the other, do you really want Hannemann's family and friends to have to deal with those knobs at the funeral? The WBC has already been established as a group that will get press attention, so at this point the best anyone can do is thwart their retarded goals.
    I completely understand your point about Hannemann's family, but I think that they do not want to see SLayer fans fighting with WBC members either.. a funeral is supposed to be a funeral, not a place or event filled with violence. Hannemann will be laid to rest, and I think the family needs privacy more than anything
    How about a metal protest at their headquarters? I'd love to see Rob Halford riding through their wall on a motorbike while a bunch of angry metalheads parade around singing aaaaall the metal classics while drinking whiskey. Maybe they could lynch Fred Phelps, that'd put a smile on my face.
    I'd pay incredible amounts of money to see that... and make sure its the bike from Painkiller cause that bike is sick
    I'd pay every cent to my name if Rob Halford rode the bike from Painkiller through their headquarter wall lol So much much epicness!
    I usally cringe when i see the over the top moronic slayer fans on slayer documentarys making an arse of themselves [and giving us regualar normal slayer fans a bad name] but i hope they smash some skulls.Total lack of respect for the dead.
    It really is a sign that you made it when your being picketed by the WBC. R.I.P Jeff.
    How do these clowns get the money to do this stuff? Seriously though... it will Rain Blood.
    James Scott
    By suing the people who beat them up. That's their entire fundraising activity, they provoke people into violence then sue for millions. Sadly, it looks like happening again. If any Slayer fans cross the line and hurt them it'll enrich them more. Parasites.
    That's why it's best to not give them attention. As aggravating as they are they know what they're doing and are safe under the law. If they stop getting attention with each controversial picket though it'll eventually just leave them dry.
    Fred Phelps: Hey guys, that guy from the metal band Slayer died - they had satanic imagery and themes, so we should all go down and picket his funeral! Random WBC-member: Uuh... We're talking about people who carve the band logo into their flesh, and are known to be aggressive against people who oppose them - Are you sure this is a good id- Fred Phelps: Yeah, I mean, if they hit us, we'll just sue them as always, and get rich of those satanic gay atheists! Random WBC-member: ...Uh, yeah, I'm pretty sure it'll go a bit farther than just hitting on us... Fred Phelps: Oh, you mean like kicking? Random WBC-member: ... ... ... -coughcough- Oh look, damnit, I'm ill! You guys better go ahead without me...
    Jackasses. I hope Slayer fans going to the funeral just block them out, drown out any slurs with music, and just ignore them. By reacting badly, you're just giving them the publicity the WBC crave.
    it will be interesting to see who can scream "God hates us all" the loudest be to be honest this is ****ing pathetic. it doesn't suprise me at all. they also picked on Dio's funeral/tribute. although slayers funeral, slayer has a special kind of fan. im curious of what will happen. (Excuse my broken english)
    Just wait until one of them dies... Can't wait to go to THAT funeral. Except instead of picketing we'll just blast Slayer
    Why, yes! What could possibly go wrong? I am sure there is no possible way for their protest to backfire!
    They're seriously going to **** with a fanbase that carves Slayer into their skin? kk, let me know how that turns out.
    Anyone who knows anything knows you don't pick a fight with Slayer fans
    As a Christian this makes me very sad and angry. This church does not do anything to help improve the image of Christianity or attract new followers to Christ.
    i dont think that people look at this church and say all christians are dicks because theres only 1 in a million churches like westboro. i sure dont frown down on christianity
    But the WBC isn't even a christian church...they're as christian as judaists. They believe in God, but they don't worship him...clearly, since they're picketing funerals of people who actual christians would be mourning for because of our beliefs...it's sickening to think that these people classify themselves in the same category as myself and thousands of others. And to those who believe this is extreme Christianity, it just simply isn't. This is idiocy at its finest. Christianity preaches love for others because of what Christ did for us, and the WBC clearly doesn't preach the same.
    The Westboro Baptist Church is to Christianity as Muslim Extremists are to Islam: Their beliefs are corrupted, they listen to a psychopath, and they give the rest of their religion a bad name.
    Agreed entirely, I'm a christian and I think these people as you say give christians and the christian faith an awful name. Would jesus picket a guys funeral, no, so we cant call these guys christians really. Terrible.
    Jonny 25 93
    I agree, I have no problems with Christians who don't press their beliefs on people. To each his own... but these people are evil
    Too bad I dont live there... dont be afraid to kick those mother****ers to the ground if they try something
    is it just me, but doesnt parodying an Ozzy song still play homage to Ozzy but utilizing his music? Therefore they are promoting the music they hate
    I wish someone burn those ****ers inside their own church.
    Picket it to what end? To prevent him being dead? He'd quite like Crazy Train, surely they'd be better singing Beiber songs or something? Either way I don't understand why you'd picket a funeral? The person is dead, they aren't going to get a reaction from him now.
    WBC should receive 0 publicity from any site or media. But that would make sense.
    Agreed. Only relevant comment I've read so far. And people writing "I would beat the shit out of them" are embarrassing.
    For them, The only way to exit... Is going Piece by Piece!
    I think if we want to be fair with the them, when someone of their cult dies we should go picket and play some metal full blast at their funeral, to see how they feel about that.
    link no1
    I can imagine they keep any deaths of the group under wraps to avoid this. If one of the WBC members do die though I would waste a crap ton of money on travel to go ruin that funeral even if I am the only guy there to do so. It's one of the very few things in life I have a passionate hate for.
    I hope if they do picket that funeral that any slayer fan that's there takes pat in beating the piss out of them
    Join us this time next week for the headline: "Members of the WBC found dead with SLAYER carved into their faces."
    I wonder how many members are going to quit once Fred dies. We should reciprocate their 'love' on him when his funeral is held. Knowing these pussies, they'll find a way to make it private. Nonetheless, he only deserves the same hateful treatment he preaches.
    Blast DittoHead then release the Slayer Fans! They stand no chance lol
    It's starting to become my belief that you have lived life to the fullest if those WBC people picket your funeral.
    Westboro Batshit Cult vs. thousands of Slayer fans. Sounds promising for 2 reasons: WBC covers their expenses by suing everyone who attacks them (all the adults in the chur- I mean cult are lawyers), but: 1. You can't sue anyone when you're dead. 2. Most of the net worth of a Slayer fan is tied up in merch- I doubt they'd accept that as payment. So yeah, gonna be a lot of fun.
    I hate the westboro baptist church, they make the rest of us normal Christians look like dicks, just like how muslim terrorists ruin the reputation for the rest of the muslim world
    Ahh...nothing like "Christians" judging, disrespecting, and being hypocrites to brighten up ones day.
    Please, don't think of these idiots as of christians, really - I'm one and I love Slayer for their music, and also think that things these a***oles are doing are wrong.
    Please don't lump these self proclaimed "Christians" with the rest of us normal Christians, just like you wouldn't lump the Boston Bombers in with the rest of the normal Muslim world, thank you
    The best example is the sign 'Don't worship the dead'. I mean, Christianity, one of the biggest religions in the world, is completely based on worshipping one dead man.
    The Westporo Baptist "Church" isn't really even a religious church, they are more of a cult
    Whatever you believe in, trying to generalize everyone and labeling them as bad is the most impertinent thing that you could do.
    I dont think its smart to do that. Its incredibly disrespectful, but its also just stupid to mock on the funeral of a metal god. Only one message for those ****ers... Hell awaits!!!
    Oh boy... I think they finally picked the wrong people to mess with. A few dozen protestors are going to be met by hundreds of pissed off Slayer fans... that's NOT going to end well.
    I'm not a metal fan at all really... but why picket funerals? What right do these "people" have to rob ANYONE of there moment to properly grieve? Makes me wonder what they are trying to distract people from....