The Good Will Hunting star passed away on Monday and while details of his funeral have not been made public, members of Westboro Baptist Church have already announced plans to picket the memorial.
A message posted on the group’s official Twitter.com page reads: ‘Westboro Baptist Church Hopes To Preach In Lawful Proximity To Robin Williams’ Funeral – To Warn The Living: Repent Or Likewise Perish.’
The Westboro Baptist Church is trying to spread its vile message of intolerance with a disgraceful protest of Robin Williams’ funeral, but Planting Peace is not letting the hate take root.
Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization founded in 2004 with a mission to spread love and equality around the globe, is set on challenging WBC’s planned protest with a fundraiser. The group also owns the Equality House, which is situated directly adjacent to the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas.
Robin Willam’s funeral is set to be a “very private” ceremony in San Francisco near his home. In spite of the actor’s family’s request for privacy and respect, WBC announced plans to picket Williams’ funeral on Aug. 11 after labeling him a “Fag Pimp.”
“Robin Williams played many different roles in so many people’s lives, and giving back to others was at the top of that list,” said Aaron Jackson, co-founder of Planting Peace, “His appeal crossed generational boundaries. I was personally impacted when I heard of his passing. This is a small gesture to honor his legacy and the difference he made to so many.”
Jackson said that when the WBC announced they were protesting the star’s funeral, “we felt like launching a fundraiser for a charity Robin loved would be the perfect way to honour him and counteract the message of hate and intolerance that the WBC continues to convey”.
The proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit St Jude Children’s Hospital, which Williams supported during his life.
RIP Mr. Williams.
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