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Fred Phelps

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

Friday, March 21, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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A requiem on the death of Fred Phelps

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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... [ Read more → ]
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.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

Thursday, March 20, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, March 17, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Fred Phelps may be dying, but the LGBT community should let him go quietly

Sunday, March 16, 2014
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... [ Read more → ]

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

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, July 22, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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]... [ Read more → ]

Westboro Baptist Church says it will picket at Sandy Hook funerals

Sunday, December 16, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]
Fred Phelps (right) and others at a Westboro protest.

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

Monday, August 6, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

Westboro (‘God hates fags’) church to picket Elizabeth Taylor’s funeral

Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Westboro Baptist Church, home of anti-gay extremists and the “Gods Hate Fags” fundamentalist movement, announced plans to protest at the funeral of Elizabeth Taylor, who died early Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Supreme Court in favor of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Westboro Baptist Church won a significant victory Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of its right to promote what its church members call a "broad-based message" on public matters such as wars. [ Read more → ]
Westboro bigots outside the Lady Gaga concert in St. Louis

Westboro bigots picket Lady Gaga concert with ‘God hates fags’ signs

Sunday, July 18, 2010
Homophobic hate-monger Fred Phelps and his gang of Westboro Baptist Bigots has taken a break from picketing military funerals with its "God-hates-fags" message to picket the Lady Gaga concert in St. Louis on Saturday night. [ Read more → ]
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Father of dead U.S. Marine ordered to pay organizers of anti-gay protest

Wednesday, March 31, 2010
[caption id="attachment_7576" align="alignleft" width="342" caption="Fred Phelps"][/caption] The father of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq has been ordered to pay $16,510 to a family that protested his son's funeral in Maryland. Albert Snyder sued members of the Westboro Baptist Church because they waved signs saying... [ Read more → ]
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