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Westboro Baptist Church Plans To Protest Joe Paterno's Funeral

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Shirley Phelps-Roper (R) and her daughter Megan of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions and for protesting at U.S. soldiers' funerals, stage a protest across the street from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, outside Washington, on March 1, 2011. The church was demonstrating against what it claims is a
Shirley Phelps-Roper (R) and her daughter Megan of the Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas church known for its vehement anti-gay positions and for protesting at U.S. soldiers' funerals, stage a protest across the street from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, outside Washington, on March 1, 2011. The church was demonstrating against what it claims is a "pervert-run" school and said teachers across the country have "broken the moral compass of this generation." (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/G

Shortly after Joe Paterno's death was announced Sunday, the daughter of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps announced via Twitter that members plan to picket his funeral, the Star-Ledger reports.

The exact details of the protest remain unclear, as Phelps has yet to announce when and where members plan to meet.

According to the Patriot News, the church also threatened to protest outside Beaver Stadium last November during the Penn State-Nebraska game in condemnation of Paterno, whom they referred to as "the Pope of Happy Valley."

In addition to announcing the protest plans, Phelps also posted dozens of Tweets condemning Paterno and Penn State and responding to users' comments on the Church's protest plans.

Margie Phelps tweeted:

Services for Paterno will be held throughout the week starting with a public viewing at 1 p.m., Tuesday at the Pasquerilla Spiritual on Penn State's campus, NBC Sports reported. There will be another viewing at 8 a.m., Wednesday morning, followed by a private funeral service at 2 p.m. and a family funeral procession at 3 p.m.

Lastly, a public memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday at Penn State's 16,000 seat basketball arena, The Jordan Center. Penn State reported overwhelming demand for tickets to the memorial service which were distributed free of charge, the Washington Post reports.

It remains to be seen whether members of Westboro Baptist Church will follow through on their protest plans.

The planned Paterno protest is sure to be one of many protests the Westboro Baptist Church will schedule this year. Check out the slideshow below for past protests.

LOOK: Westboro Baptist Church's Past Protests

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