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  • Westboro Baptist Church tweets intent to 'picket' funerals of Arizona firefighters

    07/02/2013 10:32:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 54 replies ^ | 7/2/2013 | Josh Frigerio
    PHOENIX - The notoriously outspoken and often controversial Westboro Baptist Church has made several threats through social media intending to picket the funerals of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire near Prescott. Westboro Baptist Church posted several tweets from their Twitter account within the last 48 hours, connecting the firefighter deaths to punishment for the world's apparent tolerance of homosexuality. In a tweet posted at 2:56 p.m. Monday, the church said, "Westboro Baptist Church THANKS GOD for AZ fires that killed 19 firefighters!" In another post, they retweeted Arizona Senator John McCain, adding their intent to picket:...
  • 5-year-old girl's lemonade stand draws ire of Westboro Baptist Church

    06/17/2013 3:32:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 37 replies
    A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. ... The efforts have clearly irritated Westboro members, Equality House resident Davis Hammet said. "She was so awesome. She was such a sweetheart," Hammet said. "She was right in front of this hate group. She was unfazed and unafraid, and they are so very vile and rude to people." ... Jayden told her father that she wanted to set up a lemonade stand to help a charity. After doing research, they settled on Equality House because...
  • Zombies Show Up to Counter Westboro Baptist Church Protestors

    07/30/2012 7:25:12 PM PDT · by Old Sarge · 31 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | July 30, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer, Yahoo! News
    After reading this story, you may begin to see zombies in a whole new light. While they get a lot of criticism for their love of human flesh, it turns out that some zombies also go out of their way to support the troops. The Westboro Baptist Church had recently announced that it would be holding one of its protests outside the Joint Base Lewis-McChord in DuPont, Washington. But last Friday, the controversial group was met with a far larger group of counterprotesters—dressed as zombies. {SNIP} "I have decided that the most violent free way to protest back is simple......
  • Texas A&M students create human wall to block Westboro Baptist protesters

    07/07/2012 5:02:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 5, 2012 | Angel Clark
    Many shades of red are normally associated with anger, however, on Thursday, a "wall of maroon" was a show of love and respect in Texas. Lt. Col. Roy Tisdale, a Texas A&M University graduate in 1993, was killed during a training exercise at Fort Bragg on June 28. During a safety briefing in North Carolina, Lt. Col. Tisdale was shot and killed by a fellow soldier who committed suicide. Family members and friends were shocked at the loss, claiming that with all of the deployments Tisdale had, they never thought anything would happen to him at home. The Westboro Baptist...
  • Outrageous!… Daily Kos Urges Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Andrew Breitbart’s Funeral

    According to The Daily Caller, Although the news of Andrew Breitbart’s death is still fairly fresh, the merry band of faceless marauders at the Daily Kos have decided it is time to use his death as an opportunity to make political hay. A post dated March 1 by “dragon82a,” titled “Let’s Help Andrew Breitbart go out In Style..Get Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Him” encourages readers to post on the Westboro Baptist Church’s Facebook page calling for the group to protest Andrew Breitbart’s funeral: Here is the Facebook of the WestBoro Baptist Church: Send them a message anything will do,...
  • Anti-gay church to protest Powell boys' memorial service

    02/09/2012 9:42:26 PM PST · by Mariner · 22 replies
    KOMO News Seattle ^ | Feb 9, 2012 | KOMO Staff
    TACOMA, Wash. - A rabidly anti-gay church known for its loud protests is planning to picket Saturday's funeral for the two sons of missing mom Susan Powell, who died in a raging house fire Sunday. Margie Phelps of the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church sent out a tweet saying the church will attend the boys' memorial service as a protest against the pending legalization of gay marriage in Washington state. The two boys, Charlie and Braden Powell, were killed Sunday in a gasoline-fueled house fire set by their father Josh Powell after they arrived for a supervised visit. Powell himself...
  • Westboro Baptist to Picket Funeral of the Powell children (WA)

    02/09/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 57 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/9/12 | Scott Sunde, SeattleP-I
    The Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained infamy for protesting at the funerals of men and women killed in combat, will have a new target on Saturday: the services for two little boys slain by their father. The church, whose "God hates fags" signs and messages have been seen across the country, intends to be at the funeral of Charlie Powell, 7, and his brother, Braden, 5. Saturday at the Life Center Church in Tacoma. The boys died Sunday after their father , Josh Powell, blew up their Pierce County home.
  • Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Joe Paterno Funeral

    01/22/2012 3:43:59 PM PST · by FamiliarFace · 47 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 22, 2012 4:58 PM EST | IBTimes Staff Report
    The controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas is at it again. Now, the church said it will picket the funeral of the legendary Joe Pa -- longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno who died on Sunday morning. Joe Paterno died on Sunday. The controversial Westboro Baptist Church tweet Sunday after the news that it planned to picket Paterno's funeral. Margie Phelps, wife of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, sent out several tweets on Sunday after news of Paterno's death spread. The church, known for its controversial positions, suggested Paterno is going to hell. "Joe Paterno is dead....
  • Westboro Baptist to protest Marine's memorial

    06/20/2011 5:38:33 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 20 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 06/20/2011 | Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
    Members of a controversial church plan to protest today's memorial service of a 21-year-old Marine from Gastonia who was killed while serving in Afghanistan. But friends of Lance Cpl. Nicholas O'Brien say they are making plans to drown out Westboro Baptist Church's message. Read more:
  • Westboro - "God Hates the NBA"

    06/03/2011 9:35:47 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 50 replies
    WFAA-TV | June 3, 2011 | Self
    I just caught a story on WFAA-TV News about the Westboro loons coming to Dallas on Sunday June 5, 2011 from 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM. The site of their event is the American Airlines Center, timed to occur just prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. Their claim is: GOD HATES THE NBA! Fred Phelps and his crew go on to claim: WBC will picket the NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat to warn this nation that they need to tear down their idols and worship...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Members Spread Hate in Wake of Tornado Tragedies

    05/29/2011 6:04:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Gather ^ | 05/29/2011 | Reno Berkeley
    In predictable, yet despicable fashion, members of Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas are spreading their hate around for recent tornado victims. Fred Phelps and company have allegedly been trolling the Facebook pages of missing tornado victims, leaving hateful and taunting comments. While most of those comments have been deleted, they have left family members and supporters shaken and angry. On Monday, when only 89 deaths had been confirmed, WBC posted a scathing and gleeful document on its website, celebrating the deaths as proof of God's anger over rampant homosexuality. The most recent flier, dated May 25, begins by thanking God...
  • Super Heroes vs. the Westboro Baptist Church They've faced down humans time and time again, but Fred Phelps and his minions from the Westboro Baptist Church were not ready for the cosplay action that awaited them today at Comic-Con. After all, who can win against a counter protest that includes robots, magical anime girls, Trekkies, Jedi and...kittens? Unbeknownst to the dastardly fanatics of the Westboro Baptist Church, the good folks of San Diego's Comic-Con were prepared for their arrival with their own special brand of superhuman counter protesting chanting "WHAT DO WE WANT" "GAY SEX" "WHEN DO WE WANT IT" "NOW!" while brandishing ironic (and some...
  • Westboro Baptist members plan protest at Erwin, TN serviceman's funeral

    06/17/2010 12:29:31 PM PDT · by NellieMae · 85 replies · 1,164+ views
    Kingsport Times-News Online ^ | 06-17-2010 | Staff report
    Members of Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church reportedly will be in Johnson City on Monday to picket near the memorial service for Airman Benjamin D. White, an Erwin resident who died last week in Afghanistan. "Military funerals have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom and play taps to a fallen fool," states a Westboro flier forwarded to media outlets by the Unicoi County Sheriff's Office. The flier goes on to say that the "message will be preached in respectful, lawful proximity" to White's memorial service at Grace Fellowship Church on South Greenwood...
  • Son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps says dad abused, terrorized him as child

    04/27/2010 8:44:43 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 28 replies · 1,182+ views
    NyDailyNews ^ | 04/27/10
    TOPEKA - The estranged son of a controversial Kansas pastor encouraged people to feel sympathy for members of his father's church, "at least for the young children stuck in that situation." Nate Phelps, 51, spoke in Topeka over the weekend, marking his first trip in 20 years to the city where his father, Fred Phelps, runs Westboro Baptist Church. He alleged that he endured fear, intimidation and abuse before leaving the family and church on his 18th birthday. He said that while society is quick to take steps to protect children, it seems "curiously blind" when religious beliefs jeopardize a...
  • Funeral protest causes disdain

    04/23/2010 6:50:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 703+ views
    Your recent editorial “Funeral protests cause disdain” addresses the vexing First Amendment issue in the lawsuit against the “Christian” church that picketed the funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006: Should “hate speech” be constitutionally protected … or punished? Albert Snyder was awarded damages against Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka after its members waved inflammatory signs at his son’s funeral saying “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers” (God’s “payback” to America for tolerating homosexuality, claims the church), but the 4th Court of Appeals reversed the verdict, ruling that the...
  • Infamous Church Group Coming to Atlanta for Protests

    04/21/2010 3:27:13 PM PDT · by Cecily · 31 replies · 640+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 21, 2010 | Christian Boone
    One of the most controversial families in the country is heading south to protest "rebellious brats," a Jewish publication and an indie rock festival. Enlarge photo Dylan Slagle, AP In this March 10, 2006, file photo, Westboro Baptist church member Gabriel Phelps-Roper, 10, and his sister Grace Phelps-Roper, 13, both of Topeka, Kan., protest at the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew A. Snyder in Westminster, Md. .Topeka's Westboro Baptist Church, whose membership consists mostly of family members of its pastor, Fred Phelps, has planned nine protests around the metro Atlanta area on May 5-6. The small Kansas group, known...
  • Westboro Baptist Church too extreme for Klu Klux Klan

    04/10/2010 1:54:09 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 79 replies · 1,376+ views ^ | April 9, 2010 | Micha J. Stone
    In an astonishing display of common sense the Klu Klux Klan has releasd a statement repudiating the activities of the Westboro Baptist Church, denying any connection or sympathy with the hate group. The Westboro Baptist Church, notorious for the phrase "God hates fags", is best known for its protest activities, which include picketing funerals of fallen soldiers. The church runs numerous Web sites such as, and others expressing condemnation of homosexuality. The group bases its work around the belief expressed by its best known slogan and the address of its primary Web site, God Hates Fags, asserting that...
  • Ann Coulter: GOD HATES JUDGES [Fred Phelps cult assaults Matthew Snyder's funeral]

    04/07/2010 2:18:37 PM PDT · by RonDog · 59 replies · 1,942+ views ^ | April 7, 2010 | Ann Coulter
    GOD HATES JUDGES by Ann Coulter April 7, 2010 In an opinion that may have been written by Heidi Montag, a federal court of appeals recently threw out a jury verdict in favor of a father, Albert Snyder, who had sued protesters at his son Matthew's funeral for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Solely because Matthew was a Marine, a Kansas-based cult, consisting mostly of members of a single family, traveled to Maryland in order to stand outside Matthew's funeral with placards saying things like, "God Loves Dead Soldiers," "God Hates You," "You're Going to Hell," "Semper Fi Fags," "Thank...
  • U.S. Supreme Court: Will distress trump the First Amendment right to free speech?

    04/04/2010 9:29:47 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 48 replies · 1,181+ views
    UPI ^ | April 4, 2010 | Harriet Robins
    Next fall, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Snyder vs. Phelps, in which it's possible the speech-related practices of an obnoxious group will be curbed -- but at the price of some new First Amendment fetters. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketed the March 10, 2006, funeral of Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, a U.S. Marine who was killed a week earlier in Iraq. They displayed placards reading, "God hates you," "Thank God for Dead Soldiers" and "Semper Fi Fags." The deceased soldier's father, Albert Snyder, sued the church and its founder, the Rev. Fred Phelps,...
  • Marine's dad ordered to pay protesters' court fees

    03/29/2010 12:46:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 73 replies · 3,235+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 3/29/10