Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest Dunn's funeral
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, 34, famous for his pranks and dangerous stunts, died in a car wreck in Pennsylvania on Monday.
June 22nd, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Westboro Baptist Church plans to protest Dunn's funeral

A controversial church in Topeka, Kansas, plans to send parishioners to Pennsylvania to protest the funeral of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn, the congregation announced in a press release.

Westboro Baptist Church "will picket any public memorial/funeral held for Dunn, warning all not to make a mock of sin, & to fear and obey God!” the release said.

Westboro was started by the Rev. Fred Phelps in 1955. The church's parishioners, made up mostly of Phelps relatives, stage protests with signs that say such things as "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for dead soldiers."

The funeral director for DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in West Chester said Wednesday afternoon that a family-only private memorial for Dunn was in progress - and there was no problem.

Because it was a private memorial, Joseph DellaVecchia said, he didn't expect any disturbances, although he'd heard of Westboro's plans.

“We can’t stop someone from coming to a public funeral, but this is private, and the police have everything under control,” DellaVecchia said.

A public funeral is planned for later in the week.

“Our department recognizes that we have an ethical and legal imperative to uphold civil rights of those who choose to lawfully assemble to protest but also of family members mourning at a funeral," West Chester Police Chief Scott Bohn said Wednesday.

Dunn was drunk and driving up to 140 mph when his 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 crashed and caught fire on a Pennsylvania highway Monday, police said Wednesday.

The red-bearded Dunn, 34, was famous for his pranks and dangerous stunts on the MTV show, which evolved into a successful film franchise.

Westboro protesters, known for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers, have recently been met with counter-protesters at funerals across the nation.

At Arlington National Cemetery in Washington last month, counter-protesters, some claiming to be from the Ku Klux Klan, squared off against Westboro Baptist members.

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  1. Howard

    Will someone please inform the village of the Westboro Baptist Church that WE HAVE FOUND THEiR MISSING IDIOTS!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zeus

    only the WBC can make the KKK look like the good guys hahahahahahha

    June 23, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • ICWorld

      I really would like to see someone once and for all just exterminate that group.
      once and for all. Then we could make it a holiday.

      June 23, 2011 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. izzydov

    Kind of like the joke about watching your mother-in-law drive off the cliff in your brand new car, or having to choose between a heart attack and cancer. How are we supposed to feel about a bunch of boorish people who have contributed to the devolution of our society, protesting at the funeral of a boorish person who has contributed to the devolution of our society? Ugh, this is to deep a concept to ponder. Should we watch 'Jersey Shore,' or 'Dancing with the Stars' instead?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Uruzone

      I hate to agree with you, but I do.

      June 23, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
    • smokeweedido

      umm lets watch jersey shore best show

      June 23, 2011 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      These guys are the big group of nuts I have ever seen!!! It never ends.

      June 23, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. Azrael

    Hum maybe Dunn's funeral will be the Phelps undoing........ one could only hope...... never pi** a "Jacka**" fan off

    June 23, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ellie

    apparently this church does not believe in the bible or God. Or they would know that only God gets to judge. And last I heard he is forgiving, and his only requirement is belief in him. All they want is attention!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
    • fretless bass

      Look at how many people are judging Ryan for drinking and driving...

      June 23, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jen

    @lyd god says do not judge, and also you better be without sin before you you cast stones.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Me

    Wow... morons protesting a moron's funeral. I really don't know who to root for...

    June 23, 2011 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Nah

    nick: "There is no god and no hell. All we have is each other, this planet and a finite amount of time on this rock. Don't waste it."

    So you're saying that the Westboro Baptists should, consequently, do whatever they feel like? That is, if all the life we have is the one we have here, why shouldn't the Westboro Baptists discriminate and hate as much as they want, so long as it makes them happy?

    Brilliant moral theory, that. How can you criticize them?

    June 23, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ralf the Dog

      I would call their actions a waste. Live life to the top does not equal do anything that feels good.

      June 23, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  9. AJ

    this is the most ludicrous thing i have ever read.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jackwagon

    Go to youtube and search Michael Moore vs. Westboro Baptist Church. It's hilarious. I wish more people would confront these losers!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. WBCHater

    I have a strange feeling that they will be met with a not so peaceful crew. They might actually finally get hurt this time.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. Eva Godfrey

    I'm a Cristian and love watching this guy on tv.. I grew up watching the CKY videos and people need to remember when Jesus walk the earth he ate with the publicans and sinners Matthew 9 10And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples. 11And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? 12But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. 13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. neil palisch

    Westboro has no real Christian values. They lack commen decency and morals.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. MT

    Would someone please just f*uck up these religious zealots? Only God can judge...i'm sure he would like to take a pop at them himself!

    June 23, 2011 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Lanfear

    Fuuck off WBC!!! Good riddance. If I lived down there, I'd drive by with a paintball gun and nail them

    June 23, 2011 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
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