Merry Christmas Lady Gaga you’re going to hell! – that’s the message being sent out by Pastor Fred Phelps and his controversial Westboro Baptist Church.
The St Louis based church plans to picket the controversial pop star’s gig at the Fox Theatre on Thursday, January 7, 2010.
They claim that Gaga is a ‘god hater’ and is leading her millions of teenage fans astray with her provocative songs, performances and support of gay rights.
Church attorney and member Shirley Phelps told Radar Online.com: “She is headed straight to hell if she doesn’t change her ways.
“Lady Gaga is promoting a rebellion against God – she needs to get a Bible and change her way of life.
“We will be going to her concert with placards reading: God Hates Lady Gaga – to inform people that they will be going to hell too if they listen to her messages.
“According to the Bible homosexuality is an abomination and she has to shut her filthy mouth and stop promoting it.”
Gaga, 23, – whose real name is Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta – was raised a Catholic by her parents and attended the Convent Of The Sacred Heart, a private school in New York.
The multi-talented performer, who learned to play the piano by ear from the age of 4, and performed her first piano ballad at 13, has gone on to sell over 20 million digital singles and four million albums to date through international hits like Poker Face.
When she was a student at New York University’s Tisch School Of Arts she became known for composing analytical papers focusing on topics such as art, religion and socio political order.
Her controversial outfits and raunchy videos have garnered a lot of publicity and she cites David Bowie, Michael Jackson and Madonna as some of her influences.
Gaga appeared semi-nude, wearing only plastic bubbles, on the cover of the annual ‘Hot 100′ issue of Rolling Stone magazine in May 2009.
She has claimed that she is bi-sexual in the past and that she is grateful for having an ‘army of gay fans’.
The outspoken performer has campaigned for gay rights and during her appearance at the National Equality March in Washington D.C. she changed the lyrics of John Lennon’s Imagine to reference the murder of gay teenager Matthew Shepard in 1998.
This year Gaga managed to win the award for “Best New Artist” while her single Paparazzi won two awards for “Best Art Direction” and “Best Special Effects” at the MTV Video Music Awards – in October she received Billboard Magazine’s Rising Star of 2009 award.