Far-right religious zealots are to picket George Carlin’s funeral in protest at his atheism and bad language.
The Westboro Church, which is infamous for protesting at the funerals of American troops, has issued a press release headlined: ‘God Killed Potty-Mouth Comedian George Carlin And Cast Him Into Hell.’
Amid many biblical quotes, the fundamentalists said: ‘George Carlin - the filthy blasphemer - the obscene potty-mouth skeptic, agnostic, and profane atheist - who had nothing but disdain for God and the Bible all the days of his tragic life - is now, at this minute and for ever writhing and screaming in exquisite pain pleading for mercy from that God he flipped off while performing for HBO for lucre.
‘Carlin made lots of money making fun of God; now he must deal with God - face to face - for ever.’
The church also claimed that ‘fellow filth-monger Jerry Seinfeld’, was an‘antichristic American loudmouth’ who would also be tormented in hell. Seinfeld was among those who paid tribute to Carlin after his death last weekend at the age of 71.
Carlin’s funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
Westboro Church – whose website is godhatesfags.com – protests at military funerals because it believes troops’ deaths are God’s vengeance for America’s tolerance of homosexuality.
Last year, the church, set up by Fred Phelps and his two daughters, was ordered to pay almost $11million in damages and compensation over its picket of one funeral, reduced to $5million on appeal.