Stop Church from Picketing Young Man’s Funeral

Target: Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps

Goal: Don’t disrespect Sage Stallone’s mourning family by picketing his funeral because his father “mocked god” by being married three times.

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church plan to gather at the funeral of Sylvester Stallone’s son Sage, who died recently at the age of 36. Church members claim that Sylvester’s three marriages ‘mock God’, and plan to punish him by crashing his young son’s funeral. The Westboro Baptist Church must not picket this private and painful event.

The Westboro Baptist Church is no stranger to disrespectful behavior. The congregation is notorious for picketing military funerals with anti-gay messages. The church’s website, titled ‘God Hates Fags’, is brimming with hateful rhetoric and countless scheduled picketing events. While the protests of the church are technically peaceful and within the law, the messages target people in the midst of suffering and seek to hurt, humiliate, and infuriate them at their most vulnerable times.

Sage is one of two sons that Sylvester Stallone had with his first wife, to whom he was married for ten years. The planned disruption of the funeral will only compound the grief of Sage’s mother, father, and brother, who are reportedly taking the death very hard. The Westboro Baptist Church should be protested themselves for their messages of hate. By signing the petition below, you can demand that Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, call off the planned picketing of Sage Stallone’s funeral.


Dear Fred Phelps,

The recent death of Sage Stallone is a private and painful experience for the young actor’s family. Your organization’s plan to disrupt the funeral of this young man with messages of hate is completely inappropriate and uncalled for. The personal life of Sylvester Stallone, while none of the public’s business in the first place, should not be dredged up to the detriment of Sage’s mourning mother and younger brother. Your actions seek to punish the very people who have suffered from the behavior you are protesting.

The fact that you have the right to protest a funeral does not make it the right thing to do. Please extend the same privacy and respect to this man that you would wish for in a funeral of your own family member. Leave the Stallones to mourn in peace by cancelling the planned picketing of Sage Stallone’s funeral.


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One Comment

  1. It is very unfortunate that this church has the 1st Amendment right to picket funerals. However, in a study I did for a college course, I was relieved to find that there are some measures taken to protect the rights of the mourners, as well: for example, the WBC has to be a certain distance away from the proceedings at all times. In Arizona, the law (unless they changed it recently) states that they cannot protest something like a half hour before, during, and a half hour after the proceeding itself. I agree that it is disgraceful in every sense of the word to protest at funerals! Maybe someday the WBC won’t do this anymore….

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