The Westboro Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church, known for its strong stance against homosexuality. Founded in 1955, it is led by Fred Phelps and his family out of Kansas. It has less than 100 members currently.
They are infamous for protesting soldiers' funerals by carrying signs that say God Hates Fags and thank God for dead soldiers.
The group, condemned by mainstream Christianity, frequently uses funerals to support what they believe is the manifested will of God.
On January 15, 2006, Westboro members also protested a memorial for 2006 Sago Mine disaster victims, saying that the mining accident was God's revenge against America for its tolerance of homosexuality.
The church describes itself as following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles, although mainstream Primitive Baptists reject the Westboro and Phelps.
On Wednesday, the group sent out a press release announcing their intention to picket at Ryan Dunn's funeral.
MTV star Dunn, 34, was killed in a car accident on June 20 that involved speeding and drunk driving. Another individual in his passenger seat died as well.
The Westboro Baptist Church, in a press release, stated:
This arrogant jackass, famous for his 'vulgar stunts' at which this nation snickered, died in a car accident in Goshen, PA (one of the most evil states to ever exist) after tweeting a picture of himself & two friends drinking - just hours before a 3 AM high-speed crash left him & his passenger dead & in flames. This is no prank! In His wrath, God cut off this young man in the prime of his life, because he made a mock of sin, and taught his fellow man to grievously sin against God!
God will not acquit an arrogant, proud, filth-loving sinner, who spent every ounce of every resource God gave him to pimp grotesque, nasty (and not even slightly funny) sin!
Ryan Dunn will be laid down to rest at the DellaVecchia, Reilly, Smith & Boyd Funeral Home in Pennsylvania on June 25. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date.