The Westboro Baptist Church may be notorious for its vitriolic statements and insensitive protests, but the hate-mongering group has also made a habit of bailing on its own plans to stoke up controversy and grab at media attention.
The quasi-religious organization recently revealed it planned to picket the funerals of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. However, when push came to shove -- and by "shove," we mean threats from hacktivist group Anonymous -- the church was a no-show at the service for victim Krystle Campbell on Monday in Medford, Mass.
How many times has Westboro announced plans to protest, then failed to show up? The answer is quite a few. And that's a good thing.
Take a look through the gallery (below) to see the planned protests where Westboro members never showed up -- from Campbell's funeral to the services of the 2011 Tucson shooting victims.
Boston Marathon Bombing Victims' Funerals
Flowers and a sign are left on a street post in Medford Square in remembrance of Krystle Campbell, 29, of Medford, Mass., who was killed by the bomb explosions at the Boston Marathon. Westboro pledged to picket the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/22/krystle-campbell-funeral_n_3131310.html" target="_blank">funerals of the bombing victims</a>, but <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/04/22/1203926/-Westboro-Baptist-Church-is-a-no-show-at-bombing-victim-s-funeral" target="_blank">members were not present at Campbell's service</a> on April 22, 2013.
Helicopter Pilot Jarett Yoder's Memorial Service
Counter-protests lined the streets outside the memorial service of Pennsylvania Guard helicopter co-pilot Jarett Yoder in Reading, Pa., on April 21, 2013, but <a href="http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/04/pa_guard_co-pilot_jarett_yoder_1.html" target="_blank">Westboro church members failed to show up</a> to the planned protest.
Roger Ebert's Funeral
Despite pledging to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/roger-ebert-westboro-baptist-church_n_3037250.html" target="_blank">protest the funeral of famed film critic Roger Ebert</a>, whom WBC labeled a "fag enabler," <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Westboro-Baptist-Church-To-Protest-Roger-Eberts-Funeral-201929641.html" target="_blank">no Westboro members were present</a> outside the Holy Name Cathedral on April 8, 2013, in Chicago.
Funeral Of Internet Activist Aaron Swartz
Westboro initially announced that it would <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2013/01/14/westboro_baptist_church_threatens_t.php" target="_blank">protest the funeral service of Internet activist Aaron Swartz</a>, who killed himself while being prosecuted by the U.S. government. But the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/15/westboro-baptist-church-aaron-swartz-anonymous_n_2479019.html" target="_blank">group backed off after hacker group Anonymous</a> got involved in January 2013.
Sandy Hook Principal's Funeral
The word "HOPE" is illuminated on the front lawn of the funeral home that hosted the wake of Sandy Hook Elementary School Principal Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung. Though Westboro members traveled to Connecticut in December 2012 to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/19/westboro-baptist-church-protest-newtown-victim-funeral-_n_2331880.html" target="_blank">picket the slain principal's funeral service</a>, they never showed. A group of motorcyclists arrived en masse to block any church members from protesting.
The WBC also planned to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/16/westboro-baptist-church-picket-connecticut-school-shooting_n_2312186.html" target="_blank">picket a vigil for the other Newtown victims</a>, though the group did not specify which event it would crash. A tweet from one of its members implied that WBC would protest the vigil President Barack Obama planned to attend on Dec. 16, 2012. When the time came, however, church members were nowhere to be seen. After Westboro announced its plans, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/17/westboro-baptist-church-hacked-anonymous-protest-newtown-shooting-victims-funerals_n_2315070.html" target="_blank">Anonymous vowed retaliation</a>. The hacker group posted data that it claimed included the personal information of some of the church members, and it also took responsibility for hijacking Westboro spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper's Twitter account.
Fallen Soldier Justin Horsley's Funeral
After Westboro announced plans to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/05/westboro-baptist-church-protest_n_1745260.html" target="_blank">stage a protest at 21-year-old Army Specialist Justin Horsley's funeral</a> in August 2012, the family decided to hold the service earlier in the day to avoid a confrontation. Though nearly 1,000 supporters came out to <a href="http://www.wesh.com/news/central-florida/brevard-county/Family-decides-to-hold-Justin-Horsley-s-funeral-early/-/11788124/16014156/-/11a8p54/-/index.html" target="_blank">guard the service from picketing</a>, church members did not make an appearance.
Aurora Prayer Vigil For 'Dark Knight' Movie Shooting
A poster with personal messages is shown at sunrise at the memorial for victims of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting. Westboro members were reportedly en route to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/22/westboro-baptist-church-aurora-shooting-vigil_n_1693375.html" target="_blank">"super picket" a prayer vigil</a> in July 2012 but never showed.
Whitney Houston's Funeral
Fans sign a poster showing a picture of Whitney Houston near a funeral service for the singer at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., on Feb. 18, 2012. Westboro had set its sights on the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/16/whitney-houston-funeral-westboro-baptist-church_n_1283072.html" target="_blank">service of the late singer</a> but bailed at the last minute, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/20/westboro-baptist-church-whitney-houston-tweet_n_1288958.html" target="_blank">posting a photoshopped image</a> of what its protest would have looked like on Twitter.
Funeral Service For Charlie And Braden Powell
Photos of Charlie, right, and Braden Powell, left, are displayed during their funeral service on Feb. 11, 2012, in Tacoma, Wash. Westboro's threats to protest the service for the boys, who were killed by their father, were met with <a href="http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/02/08/2018371/westboro-church-to-picket-powell.html" target="_blank">promises of a counter-protest from Occupy Seattle</a>. Following an interview with conservative radio broadcaster Bobby D., church member Fred Phelps Jr. announced that the <a href="http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/02/westboro_baptist_church_calls.html" target="_blank">Washington trip was canceled</a>.
Syracuse's Involvement In Bernie Fine Case
Syracuse basketball assistant coach <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/bernie-fine-child-abuse-syracuse-basketball-investigation_n_1100579.html" target="_blank">Bernie Fine was placed on administration leave</a> following allegations of child molestation in November 2011. Though Westboro had planned to <a href="http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/story/2011-12-02/westboro-baptist-church-does-not-protest-syracuse/51599424/1" target="_blank">protest the university's involvement in the scandal</a>, picketers never made an appearance on the given date.
Former First Lady Betty Ford's Funeral
A military honor guard carries the casket bearing the body of former first lady Betty Ford as they pass a statue of the former President at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., prior to funeral services at Grace Episcopal Church on July 14, 2011. Westboro initially declared that it would <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/westboro-baptist-betty-ford_n_894988.html" target="_blank">stage a demonstration outside Ford's service</a> because she had divorced her first husband; but <a href="http://www.ibtimes.com/westboro-no-show-betty-ford-funeral-298057" target="_blank">WBC never followed through</a> on its plans.
TV Personality Ryan Dunn's Funeral
The church planned to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/22/westboro-pickets-dunn_n_882299.html" target="_blank">picket the service of TV personality Ryan Dunn</a> -- known for his role on MTV's "Jackass" -- but <a href="http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2011/06/23/westboro-baptist-church-fails-to-show-up-at-ryan-dunns-funeral" target="_blank">did not show up at the June 2011 funeral</a>, held in Pennsylvania.
Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral
Westboro church members had announced plans to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/24/westboro-baptist-church-elizabeth-taylor_n_839979.html" target="_blank">picket silver screen legend Elizabeth Taylor's funeral</a>. However, the private ceremony, which was held in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 24, 2011, <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/03/elizabeth-taylors-private-service-held-without-disruption-from-anti-gay-protesters.html" target="_blank">took place without disruption</a>.
Funerals Of Arizona Shooting Victims
Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords prepares to place flowers at a memorial with her husband, Mark Kelly, before attending a news conference where they asked Congress to provide stricter gun control in the United States. Westboro posted a flier on its website calling for a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/09/westboro-baptist-church-arizona_n_806319.html" target="_blank">protest of the funerals of the six people killed</a> in the shooting during a January 2011 constituent meeting in Tucson, Ariz., but did not appear at any of the services. In one case, WBC members <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/12/westboro-baptist-church-arizona-funerals_n_808088.html" target="_blank">backed off the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green</a>, killed in the Tucson shooting, in exchange for airtime from two radio stations.
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