Dio Funeral Joyful Despite Protests

Rightwing “godhatesfags.com”
church just ain’t no good at stoppin’ the rockin’…


By Fred Mills


The Associated Press is reporting this morning that the
funeral service held yesterday in Los Angeles at
Forest Lawn
Memorial Park came off unscathed
despite the presence of “a few members” of the notorious Westboro Baptist
Church who demonstrated
outside the Park’s gates.


WBC, of course, is led by homophobic fundamentalist preacher
Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas, and the home of the ever-delightful
GodHatesFags.com anti-gay website. The church had indicated they intended to
disrupt the service
because Dio pioneered the so-called “devil horn” sign and
encouraged music fans to worship the devil and hate god. On their website they
had posted a message that encouraged members to show up at the funeral in L.A. “to remind you who
worship that old serpent, Satan, that your time is very short… We’ll be there!
Just because the chances of any of God’s elect being amongst this group of
heavy metal sycophants is slim to none does not mean they should not get some
good words.”


Speaking of good words, Phelps & Co. handily forgot to
mention that Dio and his wife had been very socially active over the years,
most notably with Children of the Night, which is a teenage prostitution
rehabilitation organization.


At any rate, “heavy metal sycophants” clearly outnumbered
the Bible-thumpers, and as more than 1,200 fans inside the Park’s Hall of
Liberty and hundreds more gathered outside, artists such as Scott Warren of
Heaven and Hell, John Payne of Asia, Joey Belladonna of Anthras, Glenn Hughes
of Deep Purple, Geoff Tate of Queensryche and Paul Shortino of Quiet Riot
performed in tribute to the late Dio.


The rocker passed away May 16, at age 67, from stomach







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