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Fred Phelps’ hate seen by some as helping to advance gay rights

Friday, March 21, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality.

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A requiem on the death of Fred Phelps

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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Fred Phelps is dead. Many will celebrate, and many will make comments about picketing his funeral in an eye-for-an-eye retaliation. I will not be among them. I do not respect Fred Phelps, nor do I forgive the pain he inflicted, but I value him. I value what he contributed to the struggle for LGBT equality. I am grateful that because of his presence, millions woke up to understand homophobia better and to confront it...

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Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Charlie Riedel, APThe Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., in March 2006. Phelps, the founder of the Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died Thursday, March 20, 2014. He was 84.
TOPEKA, Kan. -- Anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, has died, according to his son, Timothy Phelps. He was 84.

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Westboro ‘elders’ ex-communicated Fred Phelps in church power struggle

Monday, March 17, 2014
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The Westboro Baptist Church on Sunday responded to media inquiries regarding news reports that founder Fred Phelps was on his death bed, and that he was "ex-communicated" from the church last August.

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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

Sunday, March 16, 2014
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A few years ago I asked Judy Shepard how she felt about Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church which had picketed the funeral of her son Matthew in what was to become the seminal event that put Westboro into the national spotlight. Her answer surprised me. “Oh we love Freddy,” she replied. “If it wasn’t for him there would be no Matthew Shepard.” Judy’s answer to my question illustrates the truth about Fred Phelps...

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Report: Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church, near death

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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TOPEKA, Kan. — Anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, is near death in a local hospice, according to a Facebook post Saturday night by his son Nathan Phelps.

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Charges likely for Satanists who performed ritual at grave of Westboro founder’s mother

Monday, July 22, 2013
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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- Police in Meridian, Miss., say they plan to file charges against a group of self-described Satanists for performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of the mother of Westboro Baptist church’s founder Fred Phelps.

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Satanists perform gay ritual at grave site of Westboro Baptist founder’s mother

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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MERIDIAN, Miss. -- A group of self-described Satanists say they’ve given the controversial, anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church a taste of its own medicine by performing a same-sex ritual at the grave site of the mother of the church’s founder. [caption id="attachment_103884" align="alignleft" width="665"] Satanist Temple[/caption]...

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Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket at Sandy Hook funerals

Sunday, December 16, 2012
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The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the "Gods Hate Fags" fundamentalist movement, announced via Twitter on Sunday plans to picket at the scene of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting.

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‘Honoring America’s Veterans’ act has implications for anti-gay Westboro church

Monday, August 6, 2012
Fred Phelps (right) and others at a Westboro protest.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Monday signed legislation known as the "Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Families Act of 2012" into law, and is expected to have implications for the Westboro Baptist Church, the Kansas-based fringe church which has been labeled an anti-gay hate group.

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