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Ronnie James Dio's widow asks for tolerance over planned memorial protest

Ronnie James Dio-Christine Cotter

Wendy Dio, the widow of heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio, is asking her husband’s family members, friends and fans to “turn the other cheek” to members of the fringe Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas who have called for a protest at Sunday’s public memorial service for Dio at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Dio died May 16 in Los Angeles at age 67 after a battle with stomach cancer.

“Ronnie hates prejudice and violence,” Wendy Dio has written in a response posted on her husband’s website. “We need to turn the other cheek on these people that only know how to hate someone they didn’t know.”

The Topeka, Kan.-based church called for the protest at the service for Dio, the singer who took over as frontman for Black Sabbath when Ozzy Osbourne left the group, because,  it says, “He had a platform from which to tell the masses the truth of God and instead he started the devil horn hand sign and glorified atheism.” The group has often picketed funeral services for U.S. military personnel killed in combat because the church believes it is God’s retribution for U.S. tolerance of gays and lesbians.

The Westboro's call to action at Dio’s memorial is one of nine protests scheduled by the church at different events over the Memorial Day weekend in California, Oregon, Virginia and Washington, D.C. The group also protested a staging of the musical "Rent" last year at Corona del Mar High School because of its sympathetic portrayals of gay characters. 

(via The Daily Swarm)

-- Randy Lewis

Photo of Ronnie James Dio in concert at the Inglewood Forum in 2007. Credit: Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times

 
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Although entitled to their First Amendment rights, these protesters can certainly be thought to be lacking in respectfulness. Very un -Christian to pass judgement on someone else particularly at this time of loss for family members.

Wendy Dio has the right idea. Ignore these people as much as possible. Hopefully police will be keep them at a distance. The less attention given to them, the better.

Attention, Westboro Baptist Church: Practice real Christian values for a change -- go feed the poor, help out at a senior center or hospital, help rebuild the Gulf Coast.
But please, leave the funerals alone. You do not win any fans with this vicious behavior.

I am not familar with this Westboro Baptist Church but its shameful and un Christian like to protest at a funereal during a womans griefing period. They claim as far as I can see that Dio had a platform to tell the masses about God. First of all no one goes to a concert especially a heavy metal concert to listen to the singer preach about God or any kind of religous stuff.
Dio's job was to play music and entertain the masses not be hypocritcal. This group seems to be contradicting thier own words. How are they setting a christian example but strring dishrmony and and above all being disrespectful to a woman whos husband has just passed away and doing it at a funereal Thats just so wrong and I hope this church of fanatics loses members.

God Bless Ronnie and his family...you will be greatly missed!
~Long Live Rock -n- Roll!~ \,,/ Pensacola, Florida \,,/

Dio learned the Horns handsign from his grandmother...an old Italian, and very religious woman...she used it to ward off the evil eye....the maloik...

not the devil people....quite the opposite

Folks, "Westboro Baptist Church" has nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus Christ. They are a fringe led by a Wife and Husband that are clinicaly INSANE.
If you heard the Wife being interviewed by an ABC News Reporter last week, you would hear a "person" who can only follow the deluted voices in their heads, if you could see the pure "joy" they get going to the Services of our Soldiers being buried while yelling out "They deserved it!!!" while their family members deal with the loss, and tolerating the taunts, you'd get it.
Their bigotry knows no bounds as well, and unfortunately they have Children being "Twisted Into Form". Its like having a conversation with a Brick, or even a Terrorist, there is no way to talk to them about compassion because they are void of one.

Wendy is more "Christian" than any member of that "Cult", they will meet their Maker, and at that momment of pure, clear sanity, they will then know the meaning of being a decent human being, realize the pain they have caused and it may very well be too late to make amends.
I am wondering if my fellow Metal Heads gave into "tolerance", even though the instinct would be to beat their skulls in :( Fact is, I wouldnt blame them (I guess thats my failure at being a Christian).

Note: Dio has also recorded 2 Tracks on a Christian Solo album by the Founder and Guitarist/Keyboardist/Lyricist of "Kansas"- Kerry Livgren called "Seeds of Change" in 1980.

omg christians are not supposed 2 judge people who are these people that is crazy r.i.p ronnie james dio ile see you in heaven , the people from this church are gunna be judged themselfs one day

I have a feeling that WBC is about to find out firsthand what God thinks about spreading hatred in His and His Son's name. Judge not, lest ye be judged.

I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I AM SAD OF THE DEATH OF RONNIE JAMES DIO. HE IS WAS THE MASTER OF FANASTY METAL . I SEEN HIM A FEW TIMES IN CONCERT. I PLAYED HIS MUSIC EVERYDAY SINCE HE DIED. EVEN ORDERED SOME NEW DIO SHIRTS, I AM 44 YEARS OLD.. I KNOW HE WILL ROCK ON AND ON AND ON FOR EVER. THANK U THOMAS WORTHY.


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