With many still shocked and saddened by the passing of one of Slayer‘s founding members and guitarist Jeff Hanneman, the news of the Westboro Baptist Church‘s plans to protest at the funeral has raised alot of anger and confusion among music fans worldwide.
When I first seen this news appear online I was hesitant to write anything about it as I did not want to lend my site to be any part of a promotional tool for such an organisation but over the past few days I have found it difficult to keep silent.
The first I had heard about the church was during the coverage of the death of Ronnie James Dio. They were present at the funeral for the legendary metal vocalist in June 2010. Fellow Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne was among the musical mourners at the Hall of Liberty memorial service in Los Angeles for Dio, and told a local radio show: “I thought it was in such bad taste that those people had those banners about Ronnie James Dio. That’s disgusting. They say that we’re the anti-christ. Well, what makes them any better?”