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Westboro Blasts Bieber

Westboro Blasts Bieber

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If you need further proof that singer Justin Bieber has officially arrived, look no further than the Westboro Baptist Church's website. Bieber, 16-year-old Canadian singing sensation, is "teaching sin," according to the hate-spewing church.

A message posted on the church's website reads: "[Bieber] has a platform given to him by God to speak to this world; he has a duty to teach obedience by his actions and words. He refuses to do that because he knows his concert halls would be empty! So, he teaches you to sin and rebel against God's commandments."

It's become a rite of passage for performers to be singled out by Westboro, and Bieber is just the latest in a long string of entertainers that includes Lady Gaga who have incurred the wrath of the right-wing congregation, known for picketing events ranging from Pride festivals to private funerals. Yet the church's attempts to lash out against LGBT people and their supporters continue to backfire and are frequently met with derisive laughter. Last week, while picketing outside Comic-Con in San Diego, WBC demonstrators were greeted with a crowd of counterprotesters who chanted, "What do we want?" "Gay sex!" "When do we want it?" "Now!"

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