TOPEKA, Kansas (AP):
The highly controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to picket Maya Angelou's funeral.
The church has asked their Twitter followers for information on Angelou's funeral. They also tweeted various hateful things about Angelou on Wednesday and Thursday.
In a series of tweets published to their social media page on Wednesday, the controversial church attempted to sully Angelou's legacy by publishing hateful messages.
"No RIP Maya Angelou. She was a staunch devil child who esteemed the love of the world more than the honor of God," one tweet read.
The extremist, anti-gay church blasted Angelou by calling her a 'Gay rights champ', 'God defier', 'Sin enabler' and 'Fresh inhabitant of Hell' - and in doing so, mentioned that they plan to picket her funeral.
In another tweet, a picture of Angelou was posted plastered with revolting messages that read: 'Honor God! Not the dead' and 'Fg enabler in Hell'.
The group frequently pickets various events, such as military funerals, gay pride gatherings, high-profile political gatherings and university commencement ceremonies.
Members picketed Whitney Houston's funeral in 2012, saying the singer should have used her voice to spread the word of God.
The church is known for the controversial signs they picket with, some of which read "THANK GOD FOR DEAD SOLDIERS" and "GOD HATES FGS."
Angelou was an award-winning author, renowned poet and civil-rights activist. She died on Wednesday in her Winston-Salem home at age 86.
Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently cancelled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honour.
The Mount Zion Baptist Church in Winston-Salem will hold a memorial service to honour Angelou at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at 950 File Street. The memorial will be open to the public. Angelou was a member of the church for over 30 years.
Yesterday, details emerged that Angelou's family planned a private memorial service for Saturday morning at Wake Forest University's Await chapel. Angelou had close ties to the university. She was a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.
It remains unclear if the funeral will be open to the public, however, heads of state and celebrities are expected.