Westboro Church to picket Indy 500

The American, unaffiliated Baptist Church plans on picketing the Indianapolis 500 this year.

Not long after the founder of the hate group, the Westboro Baptist Church died, the group has announced its plans to picket the Indianapolis 500.

The group most known for their extreme ideologies against the gay population, among other items, recently lost its founder Fred Phelps. The loss of the head of the organization has not slowed it down as it announced its plans to be at the Indy 500, according to their website.

The Westboro Baptist Church is taking aim at the mass alcohol consumption of the event, but more heartbreakingly towards the tradition singing of Back Home Again in Indiana by Jim Nabors, who happens to be a member of the gay community.

Nabors married his partner of 38 years just last year after gay-marriage became legal in the State of Washington. He is know for portraying Gomer Pyle on the Andy Griffith Show, and is the traditional singer during pre-race at the 'Speedway for more than 30 years.

He announced this year would be his final performing at the Indianapolis 500.

The picketers reportedly plan on being at the race track prior to the start of the race.

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Tags alcohol, dario franchitti, fred phelps, gay, indianapolis, indianapolis 500, indy 500, jim nabors, milk, the speedway, tony kanaan, westboro church, winners circle