Notorious anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church are planning to protest the funeral of Maya Angelou because of her pro-gay views.
The US-based group announced on Twitter they had added Angelou, who passed away on 28 May, to their picket schedule.
On their Twitter account, the Westboro Baptist Church appealed for information about Angelou’s funeral, doctored images of her and tweeted several vicious insults.
Upon the news of her passing, Westboro was fast to flood Twitter with insults about the poet.
‘No RIP Maya Angelou. She was a staunch devil child who esteemed the love of the world more than the honor of God,’ they tweeted.
Furthermore, they labelled Angelou as a ‘fag enabler’ and a ‘fag pimp.’
Westboro are infamous for picketing public events, particularly funerals, of those who do not agree with their views. The group is recognizable for their homophobic, slur-ridden signs they hold at these events.
Their favourite sign reads ‘God Hates Fags’.
On Twitter, user @errollouis asked: ‘God hates poetry?’
To which Westboro replied: ‘Poetry? No. Fag enablers? Yes.’
Another user called @BritniDWrites tweeted: ‘You are hateful & horrible.’
Westboro swiftly replied: ‘It was absolutely wrong (& truly h8ful) for Maya Angelou to justify SIN & SINNERS when God hates both’.
Westboro also called on Twitter users to tell them any information about Angelou’s funeral, so they can plan their picket.
The anti-gay group doctored images of Angelou to show her holding placards reading: ‘Selma, Not Sodom’ and ‘Fag Enabler In Hell’.
Westboro are generally not considered a genuine religious group, instead they organize pickets of the funerals of gays, soldiers and celebrities.
They picketed Whitney Houston’s funeral because she didn’t use her voice to spread the word of God and they picketed a Lorde concert in Kansas by targeting her gay fans.
Since the passing of Angelou, social media and news websites have been flooded with people sharing her quotes and celebrating her life and work.
She believed everyone should enjoy equal rights, LGBTI people included.
She said: ‘I would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, "Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?"
‘To love someone takes a lot of courage. So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, "I forbid you from loving this person"?’
As of yet, no information about Angelou’s funeral has been released.