California: The Westboro Baptist Church, already notorious for anti-homosexuality picketing at the funerals of soldiers, has announced via its Web site that it will picket a memorial service for Ronnie James Dio.
Dio, who succumbed to stomach cancer earlier this month aged 67, was a member of a number of heavy metal bands including Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, and Dio. He is also widely credited with popularising the devil´s horn gestures.
"Ronnie hates prejudice and violence. We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn´t know," said his widow Wendy Dio, who announced that the service will go ahead regardless.