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Westboro Baptist plans to picket actor Paul Walker s funeral
Westboro Baptist plans to picket actor Paul Walker's funeral

The Westboro Baptist church says it plans to picket the funeral of The Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker.

The declared its intentions over Twitter after news of the actor’s death on Saturday.

“The furious God cut off Paul Walker! Thank God for His condign wrath! WBC to picket funeral. @RealPaulWalker #TeamPW,” the group wrote.

Walker, 40, was a passenger in a fiery one-car crash on Saturday in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, that also killed 38-year-old driver Roger Rodas.

The coroner said Walker's death resulted from "traumatic and thermal injuries." While the coroner did not elaborate, thermal injuries are heat-related and are commonly burns.

A rant posted on the Westboro Baptist Church's Twitter account. Photo: Twitter

"Paul served himself & the gods of this world (money, fame, excess of riot, etc.) while refusing to serve His Creator & use his platform, to encourage his neighbors to do the same," Westboro went on to Tweet. "He's in Hell & Westboro will #PicketFuneral."

The Whitehouse has previously condemned funeral picketing engaged in by the organisation, including funerals of servicemen who had died in action.

"We agree that practices such as protesting at the funerals of men and women who died in service to this country and preventing their families from mourning peacefully are reprehensible - a point that President Obama has made for years," the White House said.

The church has successfully defended its right to free speech in court.

The group is known for displaying anti-gay hate slogans at its protests. Photo: Getty

The Whitehouse made its statement in response to petitions lodged after the group threatened to picket in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 elementary school students and six adults were shot to death in December 2012.