The Westboro Baptist Church did not picket singer Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday, but they did upload a fake photo to Twitter in hopes of convincing others that they did.
The Westboro Baptist Church believes that God is punishing the United States because of America’s acceptance of homosexuality and has gained infamy for picketing the funerals of public figures and military members. The church announced last week that it would picket Houston’s funeral in Newark on Saturday.
“Time for Westboro picket of Whitney Houston funeral.So many piling up to blather about her today. Not ONE of them warned her of hell,” Margie J. Phelps, daughter of the church’s pastor, tweeted on Saturday.
Phelps later tweeted an image of what she purported to be Westboro Baptist Church members protesting outside Houston’s funeral. But the New Jersey Star-Ledger confirmed that no protesters had access to the area depicted in the image, which was apparently photoshopped.
Recently, the church has failed to show up to funeral services numerous times after announcing they planned to do so.
The Westboro Baptist Church, which only has a few dozen members, is typically drowned out by counter protesters.
Despite the Westboro Baptists failing to show up for their protest, three “Occupy Newark” counter-protesters showed up with a sign that read, “Occupy prays for another soul our community could not save.”