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In the wake of Cory Monteith's shocking death on Saturday, July 13, it turns out that the bigger surprise is that not everyone is in mourning. The Westboro Baptist Church, a Kansas-based extremist group known for its very vocal anti-gay sentiments, announced plans to protest the "Glee" actor's funeral in a series of disturbing, vicious tweets on Tuesday, July 16.

"PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY for killing Cory Monteith -- a wicked f-- enabling sinner!" the church wrote on its Twitter account. "Westboro Baptist Church to picket his funeral."

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The group also included more homophobic messages, chastising Monteith, who "taught millions to sin," for being a part of a show that featured several homosexual characters, and for supporting his openly gay co-star Chris Colfer. (Monteith, 31, was straight -- as was his series character, Finn.)

"Westboro praises God for his righteous judgments," the church tweeted. "Hell won't be gleeful for Cory Monteith."

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The extremist group even went so far as to suggest that Monteith's real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele, should "kill herself." "Then the wedding can go on as planned IN HELL! -- invites for all their fans!" the offensive tweet said.

This isn't the first time the Westboro Baptist Church has threatened to protest funerals in the name of anti-gay self-righteousness. Just last month, the group vowed to protest the funerals of the 19 firefighters from Yarnell, Arizona, who had died fighting a wildfire.

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"They died because after many years of refusing to hear the faithful warnings of Westboro Baptist Church, Arizona is full of fornicators, adulterers, baby-killers & f--s stem to stern," the groups said in a statement at the time. "GOD ALMIGHTY created the wildfire, made it spread & finally caused that fire to suddenly consume those 19."

According to The Christian Post, no members of the church showed up to the funerals.

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The Westboro Baptist Church also drew links between homosexuality and the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., last December, and planned to stage a protest at shooting victim Principal Dawn Hochsprung's funeral, blaming the national tragedy on the passage of same-sex marriage legislation.

Good Samaritan motorcyclists lined up on the day of the funeral to thwart the protesters.


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