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  • Fred Phelps: no funeral for the preacher who picketed so many (+video)

    03/23/2014 11:54:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 3/20/14 | Mark Guarino
    Fred Phelps, a former street preacher who led a family ministry that raged against what he perceived as a morally bankrupt society, died Thursday. His legacy of picketing funerals of military veterans and disaster victims, promoting coarse language to condemn conduct he viewed as amoral, and waging legal battles that protected his actions under the First Amendment, earned him an international reputation of a man’s whose absolute conviction was never swayed in the face of widespread contempt. “The level of his vitriol, the savageness of his comments, were just unmatched anywhere. His rhetoric was such he united people both on...
  • Hate and How to Overcome It: How Should We Respond to the Tragic Death of Fred Phelps?

    03/20/2014 8:07:33 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 60 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/20/2014 | Ed Stetzer
    Death is always a tragedy. Hate makes it more so. Today, a man known for hate died. CNN concluded that his infamy was worth a breaking news alert. But how do we respond? How does this breaking news relate to the gospel's good news? I've had some run-ins with Westboro, though I don't like to use the words "Baptist" and "Church" when referring to it. (My apologies to the city of Westboro, but your sacrifice is appreciated to rescue the words "Baptist" and "Church.") I actually have a reminder of the Phelps family that I see every day. If you...
  • Fred Phelps, Friend of the Gays

    03/20/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jay Michaelson
    If Fred Phelps didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him. ................................................ Indeed, Phelps was one of the LGBT community’s best friends—precisely because he was so outrageous. Every time Maggie Gallagher or Robert George would get up and give some vaguely reasonable defense of ‘traditional’ marriage, Phelps’s posse would show up with their tricolor posters and homophobic rhetoric. Phelps was like the emperor with no clothes on. There was nothing disguising his feelings; he made it clear that being anti-gay really was all about hate.
  • Fred Phelps’ Death Prompts Westboro Baptist Church To Protest His Funeral

    03/20/2014 10:38:34 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 27 replies
    Duffel Blog ^ | 3/18/2014 | Paul
    TOPEKA, KS – On the same day that Fred Phelps’ body was found rotting in a chair in his upstairs office, members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church announced that they would be picketing his upcoming funeral. Phelps, born November 13, 1929, was the leader of the church — an organization that practices a strange, anti-homosexual version of Christianity that has been known to protest at celebrity and military funerals. The pastor’s daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, was the first to discover the 83-year-old’s body. “We haven’t brought dad out to very many protests for a few years now,” said Phelps-Roper. “In...
  • Fred Phelps, former head of Westboro Baptist Church, died, family member says

    03/20/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 158 replies
    WIBW ^ | Mar 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps Sr., the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member. Phelps' son, Timothy told 13 News that his father died just before midnight. Timothy Pheps works at the Shawnee Co. Jail. Ironically, another son who is a member of the church, attorney Jonathan Phelps told us Thursday morning, "Pastor Phelps is doing just fine." That, of course, could have been a spiritual reference. Over the weekend, we learned that Phelps was reportedly "on the edge of death." In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Leader Fred Phelps a Democrat

    03/19/2014 12:58:04 PM PDT · by celmak · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Bois
    The founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, notorious for leading hateful protests against gay rights, is actually a Democrat with long history of endorsing Democratic candidates. On Tuesday, Politico provided some background on Phelps' political history, most of which saw him endorsing Democrat candidates and running for office a number of times as a Democrat. In the 1990's, Phelps ran in three Kansas Democratic primaries for Governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving only 15% of the vote. He also ran for Senator in 1992, receiving 31% of the vote, and for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997....
  • Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Fred Phelps' Funeral, Says Daughter

    03/17/2014 2:21:19 PM PDT · by markomalley · 182 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 3/17/2014 | Maria Vultaggio
    After finding out Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. was on the verge of death many quipped the Westboro Baptist Church, the very organization he founded, would picket his funeral like they have so many others in the past. It might sound like a joke but apparently it’s the real deal: the WBC will hold a demonstration at the funeral of their former pastor.Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, was reportedly excommunicated from the group.Phelps Sr., 84, began to make headlines over the weekend after his estranged son Nathan posted a note to Facebook where he said...
  • Fred Phelps, founder of 'rabid' Westboro Baptist Church, said near death

    03/16/2014 1:26:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/16/2014 | Mark Sappenfield
    Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Kansas church held in disgust worldwide for its antigay protests of prominent funerals, is in hospice care and "on the edge of death," according to one of his estranged sons. Nate Phelps posted the information on Facebook Saturday night, adding the revelation that his father had been excommunicated from the church in 2013. A church spokesman told the Topeka Capitol-Journal that Phelps was indeed in the hospice but that Nate Phelps "is not well informed." The spokesman also refused to comment on the allegation that the elder Mr. Phelps has been excommunicated. Another...
  • Fred Phelps, Westboro Pastor, Ex-communicated, "at death's door" (NOT SATIRE)

    03/16/2014 9:08:52 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 70 replies
    Patheos.com/The Friendly Atheist ^ | 3/15/14 | Hemat Mehta/Patheos
    You know Fred Phelps. You loathe Fred Phelps. You despise everything he stands for, like his family members’ infamous protests at soldiers’ funerals with their awful “God Hates Fags” signs. They’ve been a symbol for many years of the religion-based animosity against the LGBT community — to the point that they’ve been labeled a “hate group” and even the most fundamentalist Christian groups denounce his church’s activities.... /snip/... Tonight, on Facebook, Nate (one of Fred's sons, excommunicated from the church) posted this: I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was...
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. “on the edge of death,” son says

    03/16/2014 11:14:09 AM PDT · by South40 · 82 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | 3/16/2014
    The estranged son of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church said his father is "on the edge of death." Fred Phelps Sr. became famous for organizing picket lines of brightly-colored signs carrying hateful messages against tolerance during the funerals of military personnel and famous figures. His actions led to at least two federal and several state laws restricting protests during military funerals. In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged from his father for 30 years, said the senior Phelps was dying in hospice care in Topeka, Kan., and that he had been ex-communicated...
  • Remains of NY soldier killed in Korean War ID'd, being returned to upstate hometown today

    11/06/2013 9:36:42 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 17 replies
    dailyjournal.net ^ | November 06, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    PHELPS, New York — The remains of a teenage New York soldier killed in the Korean War more than 60 years ago have been identified and are being returned to his upstate hometown.
  • Supreme Court upholds rape conviction, rejects religious privilege argument

    08/22/2013 7:16:39 AM PDT · by Morgana · 41 replies
    concord monitor ^ | ANNMARIE TIMMINS
    The state Supreme Court has unanimously upheld the rape and sexual assault convictions against Ernest Willis who is serving a 15-to-30 year prison sentence for forcibly raping his teenage babysitter twice, whom he knew through Trinity Baptist Church in Concord, in 1997. The court issued its ruling this morning. The girl, who became pregnant, was later made to stand before their congregation to apologize by then-pastor Chuck Phelps. A Merrimack County jury convicted Ellis of three counts of rape and one count of felonious sexual assault in 2011. Willis’s attorneys appealed the conviction on several grounds, including the admission of...
  • Defector from anti-gay church struggles with her past (Libby Phelps)

    05/20/2013 11:51:53 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 20, 2013 | Jenny Deam
    Libby Phelps' family and faith told her that homosexuality was a sin and she was helping others find salvation. In the four years since she fled Westboro Baptist Church, her parents have not spoken to her. And her journey is far from complete.
  • Former Westboro protester apologizes to mother of slain soldier

    02/14/2013 10:19:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Lookout ^ | February 14,2013 | Liz Goodwin
    A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church--a fringe group based in Topeka, Kansas that pickets soldiers' funerals--apologized to the mother of a 21-year-old soldier killed in Afghanistan on a talk show Wednesday. Libby Phelps Alvarez, the former Westboro member, apologized to Sherry and Randy Wyatt for picketing the funerals of fallen soldiers like their son on Anderson Live Wednesday. Alvarez is the granddaughter of Fred Phelps, the group's founder, and has recently left the group. (Other members of the shrinking group have recently publicly defected as well.) "I just feel sad...and, I'm sorry," Alvarez said. "I thought I was...
  • Damsel,Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church

    For nearly all of her twenty-seven years, Meganbelieved it:believed what her grandfather Fred Phelps preached from the pulpit; believed what her dad Brent and her mom Shirley taught duringthe family’s daily Biblestudies; believed (mostly) what it said on those signs that have made Westboro disproportionately influential in American life—“God hates fags”; “God hates your idols”; “God hates America.” Megan was the one who pioneered the use of social media at Westboro, becoming the first in her family togo onTwitter. Effervescent andeffusive, she gave hundreds of interviews, charmingjournalists from all over the world. Organized and proactive, she, for a time, evenhad...
  • Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church

    02/07/2013 10:13:55 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Medium.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Jeff Chu
    Just after 11 last Sunday morning at Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter is starting the Sunday service as he always does. He runs through the opening salutation and the collect for the day, and then he welcomes everyone to church as he always does, introducing Old First “as a community of Jesus in Park Slope where we welcome people of every race, ethnicity and orientation to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.” The congregation—some eighty strong on this sunny but cold February morning—is the usual mix of Park Slope churchgoing types:...
  • First Known Photo of Michael Phelps

    08/06/2012 10:10:51 AM PDT · by JoanVarga · 34 replies
    Primordial Slack ^ | 08/06/12 | Joan Varga
  • Phelps - latest even [spoiler alert]

    08/03/2012 12:06:41 PM PDT · by WellyP · 108 replies
    Fox News Radio | 3 Aug 2012 | Fox News Radio
    Phelps wins another Gold, 21 total medals and 2 triple wins in the same event.
  • Michael Phelps not best Olympian ever? So says chief of London Olympics (Lord Sebastian Coe)

    08/02/2012 7:57:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 70 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 08/02/2012 | By Mark Sappenfield
    Lord Sebastian Coe, two-time British Olympic gold medalist, revered British Olympic long-distance runner, and chief of the London Olympic organizing committee, has said the unthinkable. Michael Phelps, in his estimation, is not the greatest Olympian of all time. Later today, American officials are expected to announce the termination of all diplomatic relations with Great Britain, withdraw embassy staff from London, and issue a new deck of "most wanted" playing cards with Lord Coe as the joker. For the record, his exact words, as reported by the Associated Press, were: "He is certainly the most successful. That goes without saying.... But...
  • 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...
  • Westboro Church protesting at Arlington Cemetery, Wed. July 11

    07/06/2012 8:20:23 AM PDT · by trooprally · 48 replies
    The troop hating Westboro Church will be at Arlington Cemetery this coming Wednesday, July 11 at 12:15PM. They are usually next to the Metro entrance on the south side of Memorial Drive. If you can make it, you need to bring flags and troop support signs and plenty of water. Meet on the north side (entrance side to Arlington) of Memorial Drive.
  • 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' 'church' Flee Atchison, Kansas at Savior's Name

    11/04/2011 3:49:51 PM PDT · by cqnc · 8 replies
    Local Video ^ | 70 AD | Evangelist John
    Antagonists (hardly 'pro-testers'} from the Westboro 'baptist' 'church' (truly neither) left Atchison, Kansas after attempting to picket the funeral of one of the young men killed in the recent grain elevator explosion. This site has video of them leaving mere moments after arrival, having been surrounded by local citizens. Additional video is available at http:/www.fox4kc.com/2011/11/03/federinco-to-be-laid-to-rest-westboro-plans-to-picket/#00id=E0bGF5MjrvalDKdke7Soh1rLIa6Im6g1. The locals from A-town were singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children" when the Spirit moved the antagonists to depart.
  • Anti-gay church hints it will protest at funerals of slain guardsmen in Carson IHOP shooting

    09/07/2011 4:29:20 PM PDT · by runningbear · 38 replies
    Reno Gazette Journal | September 7, 2011
    click article link to read storyA member of an anti-gay church that pickets at military funerals said via Twitter that church members will come to Carson City in the wake of the shooting deaths of three Nevada National Guard soldiershttp://www.rgj.com/article/20110907/NEWS/110907005/Anti-gay-church-hints-will-protest-funerals-slain-guardsmen-Carson-IHOP-shooting?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|s
  • Westboro Baptist Church...Targets Betty Ford's Funeral (MI)

    07/10/2011 4:17:17 PM PDT · by Kieri · 19 replies
    MLive - Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/10/2011 | Garret Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS -- The Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for twisting scripture to justify persecution of homosexuals and picketing at funerals -- have announced their intent to protest this week's memorial services honoring former first lady Betty Ford in Grand Rapids. On the Topeka, Kansas-based church's website, the fringe group said they will picket services on Thursday because Ford divorced her first husband William Warren prior marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford. In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex." The announcement declares the group's intent to picket...
  • 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: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/06/20/2392145/group-to-protest-marines-memorial.html#ixzz1PonvdMN2
  • 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...
  • Westboro Baptist Church "Thanks God" for Joplin Tornado Victims

    05/27/2011 8:32:29 PM PDT · by katiedidit1 · 82 replies
    San Diego Entertainer ^ | May 27, 2011 | Allie Daugherty
    The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) has found a new group of people to rally against. The Kansas church, most infamous for its hatred of homosexuals, posted a document last Monday on its website celebrating the deaths of the Joplin, Missouri tornado victims. “Thank God for 89 dead & counting in Joplin, Mo & 1 dead in Reading, KS!” the document declared in capital letters. “God’s whirlwind is pounding the enemies of Christ! WBC will picket your raging blasphemous stinky memorials!”
  • Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Hilliard (OH) school (One Mile From Me; Son Is a Freshman)

    04/26/2011 1:39:15 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 35 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch | April 26, 2011 | Charlie Boss
    Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Hilliard school Tuesday, April 26, 2011 03:23 PM By Charlie Boss The Columbus Dispatch The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its anti-gay protests at schools and high-profile events, is making a pit stop at Hilliard Darby High School next month. Hilliard school officials sent an e-mail alert to parents today, alerting them of the group's protest scheduled from 7:10 to 7:40 a.m. on May 10. "While the group does have the right to gather in protest as well as free speech, they will NOT be exercising that right on school grounds," Hilliard Darby Principal...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Goes To Mississippi – And Loses (How to Handle the WBC)

    04/20/2011 6:48:27 PM PDT · by MuttTheHoople · 52 replies · 1+ views
    The Hayride ^ | April 19, 2011 | McAoidh
    On Saturday USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, who was killed in action in Afghanistan April 7, was buried in Brandon, Mississippi. That, by itself, is a sadly unremarkable – though certainly noteworthy and solemn – occasion for us to mark. And in fact when Sgt. Rogers’ body returned to Brandon it was greeted by hundreds, or perhaps even thousands, of well-wishers who gathered at the roadside to honor the fallen American hero. The dashboard camera from Mississippi state trooper Elmo Townsend’s cruiser gives an indication of the scene last Thursday. What is most notable about Sgt. Rogers’ funeral in Brandon,...
  • Louis Theroux - America's Most Hated Family In Crisis

    04/07/2011 4:27:01 AM PDT · by MalPearce · 2 replies
    Louis Theroux has paid another visit to the so-called "most hated family in America" and found his own image on one of their controversial placards. More information can be found here.
  • Two UN staff beheaded and eight others murdered in protest against U.S. pastor who burnt Koran

    Ten United Nations staff were murdered - two by beheading - after extremists stormed their compound in northern Afghanistan today. Protesters broke into UN offices in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif after a demonstration against Koran burnings in the America turned violent. A small breakaway group attacked the UN compound, throwing stones and climbing on blast barriers to try to gain entry. They seized weapons from guards and opened fire before storming the site. An Afghan police source, who asked not to be named, said the chief of the mission in the city was wounded but survived. Among those murdered...
  • Evil 'Church' to Protest Elizabeth Taylor's Funeral

    03/23/2011 4:23:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 44 replies
    TMZ.com ^ | 3/23/2011 | TMZ Staff
    Those horrible, intolerant, heartless gay-haters at the Westboro Baptist Church are preparing to spread their evil message at Elizabeth Taylor's funeral ... a higher power tells TMZ. Margie Phelps -- daughter of WBC Pastor Fred Phelps -- took to Twitter today to announce the church is going to picket non-lesbian Liz's funeral ... all because Liz was apparently some sort of gay "enabler" and (God forbid) an AIDS activist.
  • Estranged son of anti-gay Westboro pastor says father does evil

    03/17/2011 3:59:33 PM PDT · by Salman · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | March 17, 2011 | the CNN Wire Staff
    An estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps said Wednesday that the spiritual leader of Westboro Baptist Church hit his wife and beat his children with a mattock handle until they bled. "I think what he does out there is evil," said Nathan "Nate" Phelps, during an appearance on HLN's "Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell." Nate Phelps is the seventh of the Westboro Baptist minister's 13 children. The younger Phelps severed ties with his family on his 18th birthday and said he hasn't had contact with his father in three decades. Nate Phelps is currently writing a book about his...
  • Westboro Baptist to picket funeral of 7 Mennonite children

    03/11/2011 3:03:53 PM PST · by Route797 · 69 replies
    Lebanon Daily News ^ | 3-11-2011 | Lebanon Daily News
    Fresh off their Supreme Court victory allowing them to picket funerals of military soldiers, members of the Westboro Baptist Church have announced plans to picket the funerals of seven Mennonite children killed Tuesday night when their Perry County farmhouse caught fire. The children, ages 7 months to 11 years, were killed when a fire started in the home while their mother was milking cows and their father was on his milk delivery route.Their three-year-old daughter managed to escape and alert the mother, but the fire had already overwhelmed the wooden structure, police said. The group from Topeka, Kan., said the...
  • CARTOON: Horns vs Dilemma

    03/10/2011 1:34:10 PM PST · by daletoons · 4 replies
    Out of Order Blog ^ | 3-10-11 | Dale
    Lost and saved alike can agree that if they never see Westboro's Phelps gang again, it will be too soon. The Supreme Court has found the cult's outrageous behavior to be protected by the First Amendment. Many on the right have disagreed with the decision because they rightly desire to protect the grief stricken families of fallen patriots from the evil taunts of the death loving Phelps family. If the government shuts down these jokers, who's next? The lefty media delights in describing the WBC as "Fundamentalist Christians." Nothing would please the left more than seeing the public proclamation of...
  • Snyder's legal costs could reach six figures, but help is already coming in (Westboro Case)

    03/04/2011 8:13:16 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 11 replies
    York (Pennsylvania) Daily Record ^ | March 4, 2010 | BILL LANDAUER
    Now that the Supreme Court has decided Westboro Baptist Church had a legal right to picket his son's funeral, Albert Snyder has to reimburse Westboro for at least some of its legal costs. The bill, which covers things like Westboro Baptist's costs for making photocopies, could balloon to more than six figures. At the moment, Snyder owes $16,510.80 for the costs of appealing the case to the Fourth Circuit court of appeals. Attorneys for Westboro have filed for additional costs from the 2007 trial in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Those costs are about $100,000, Snyder's attorney, Sean Summers, said...
  • Supreme Court: Westboro Baptist Church; The Dissent by Justice Alito;

    03/04/2011 9:41:15 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 24 replies
    Patriot action Network ^ | 3/2/11 | Lee Ross
    The Incompetance of Sotomayer and Kagan The Supreme Court, in an 8-1 decision, ruled Wednesday that members of the renegade Westboro Baptist Church have a constitutionally protected right to protest military funerals even though their demonstrations are widely despised and deplored. The case presented the justices with a high-profile question about the breadth of First Amendment speech and assembly protections. A majority of justices ruled that these fundamental rights outweigh the concerns of grieving family members who would rather not deal with what they say are obnoxious protesters from the Kansas church. "Speech is powerful. It can stir people to...
  • Is Fred Phelps (a Democrat) Hatred any different from other Democrats?

    03/04/2011 10:15:16 AM PST · by SeanG200 · 22 replies
    Religio-Political Talk (RPT) ^ | 3-4-2011 | Papa Giorgio
    With the recent decision by the Supreme Court, some information came to light that I do not think is well-known. And that is, Fred Phelps ran for office 5 times... wait for it... as a DEMOCRAT! In the link there is audio of Michael Medved making this point and then a dissenting email a few days later where Medved again drives the point home. there are also links to a couple of blogs that knew this information some time ago as well as photos of similarities between leftist demonstrators and the Democratic Westboro Baptists. There are also photos of the...
  • The Westboro Nuts, Or, The 2nd Amendment

    03/02/2011 10:48:41 PM PST · by The Watcher · 21 replies
    Hubpages ^ | 3-2-2011 | weholdthesetruths / the watcher
    This hub is going to be imageless, because I have no intention of promoting the slimeballs who make up the activists in the Westboro Baptist Church. In a ruling with a lone dissenter today, the Supreme Court ruled that they DO have a right to protest. I'm not going to go into detail, but the leader and the activists and protesters have developed some kind of very nasty obsession with protesting issues about gays. Sadly, it means they show up at funerals of people in the military, and others, and overall are obnoxious, rude, nasty, and hateful. Alito was the...
  • Hackers warn Westboro Church: Stop now or els

    02/20/2011 6:06:33 AM PST · by Daffynition · 46 replies
    CbsNews ^ | February 19, 2011 | staff reporter
    A group of hacktivists acting under the banner, "Anonymous," has warned a church with a controversial history that unspoken retribution will follow it continues its practice of inflammatory protests. In an open letter to the Westboro Baptist Church, Anonymous has put the anti-gay, fundamentalist church on notice that "the damage incurred will be irreversible," and that "neither your institution nor your congregation will ever be able to fully recover." The Westboro Baptist Church is led by Rev. Fred Phelps. It has drawn particular attention for carrying out anti-gay protests at funerals of military servicemen with signs celebrating the deaths of...
  • Arizonans Rally to Prevent Westboro Church Disruption of Shooting Victims' Funerals

    01/11/2011 11:53:41 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 39 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | January 11, 2011 | By Judson Berger
    Arizona residents are locking arms to stop the Westboro Baptist Church from disrupting the funerals for victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, with bikers and others organizing a massive counter-protest and state lawmakers fast-tracking a bill to hamstring the group. The Kansas-based Westboro church is notorious for showing up at the funerals of dead soldiers and other high-profile gatherings wielding anti-gay signs. But when the church announced it would picket the funeral Thursday for the 9-year-old girl fatally shot over the weekend at a Tucson grocery store by a gunman who allegedly killed five others and injured 14 others attending...
  • “The shooter was sent by God” says Westboro minister- rhetoric continues. [5 x DNC Candidate Phelps]

    01/11/2011 12:16:16 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 28 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 1-11-11 | Kimberly Dvorak
    Controversial nut-job minister, Fred Phelps from Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas told anyone who would listen to his disturbing rant on YouTube that “the shooter was sent by God.” These Westboro Church leaders are equally as guilty as the “shooter” who took his anger out on innocent folks gathering to meet their Congresswoman last Saturday. The facts first, Jared Loughner was a lone shooter operating on a limited mental capacity who killed six and injured 11 others. His killing swathe included a federal judge, clergy member, Republican, Democrat and a nine-year-old child. Continue reading on Examiner.com: “The shooter was sent...
  • Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels' (8-by-10-foot 'wings' to block leftist loons in Tucson)

    01/11/2011 5:36:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 1/11/11
    Funeral pickets to be met by 'angels'By the CNN Wire Staff January 11, 2011 2:25 a.m. EST Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Tucson just isn't that kind of town, says Christin Gilmer. Gilmer is talking about Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, that has made its name picketing the funerals of people who died of AIDS, gay people, soldiers and even Coretta Scott King. **SNIP** They're planning an "angel action" -- with 8-by-10-foot "angel wings" worn by participants and used to shield mourners from pickets. The actions were created by Coloradan Romaine Patterson, who was shocked to find the Topeka church...
  • Phelps announces plans to picket 9-year old victims funeral.

    01/09/2011 8:42:03 AM PST · by OCCASparky · 47 replies
    Hillbuzz.org ^ | January 9,, 2011 | Hillbuzz.org
    The Left does some truly despicable things in this world, but this is a new low for Democrats. Former three-time Democrat gubernatorial candidate Fred Phelps Jr. (commonly called just “Fred Phelps”) and his Westboro Hate Group have announced plans to disrupt the funeral of 9 year-old shooting victim Christina Greene. Christina was murdered by Jared Lee Loughner yesterday in his assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The little girl was born on September 11th, 2001, so her parents have been cursed with a horrific trifecta of high profile trauma: their daughter born on the worst day in our generations’ lives,...
  • Westboro Baptist lunatics may be operating tomorrow....

    11/14/2010 2:53:23 PM PST · by vharlow · 22 replies
    Southern Maryland Today ^ | 11/13/2010 | vharlow
    Lance Cpl. Terry Honeycutt, a 19-year-old, was killed by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan in late October. The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at New Life Church in La Plata. Phelps-Roper said she plans to picket from 9:15 a.m. to the start of the service with a group of six to seven members of the Westboro Baptist Church. The Honeycutt family was made aware of the planned protest via Facebook on Friday, but Terry’s mother Christine is not concerned about the picketers. “We kind of expected it,” she said. “We’ve seen it before and read about,...
  • ARLINGTON CEMETERY Nov. 11,2010 – Westboro "Baptist" Church Overwhelmed by Patriots

    11/13/2010 5:05:01 PM PST · by trooprally · 70 replies · 5+ views
    Nov. 13,2010
    People ask why we counter Westboro “Baptist” Church, why not just let them be the proverbial “If a tree falls in a forest and no hears it, did it fall”? BELOW is why we counter them. FReepers, students, patriots and Veteran Harley riders (about 50) defended our Fallen Heroes this Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery. We came by the dozens and overwhelmed Fred Phelps’ one-branch family tree called Westboro “Baptist” Church. They started the morning with about a dozen miscreants. Two hours later when they left, only 3 had stayed around. A special thanks to those who took their shift...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Unable to Protest Weston, MO Soldier's Funeral

    In what has to be some of the best news of the weekend, Pastor Fred Phelps and the hate-mongering parishioners from Westboro Baptist Church were unable to protest at a fallen soldier's funeral this weekend as they had originally planned.
  • Arlington Cemetery, Nov.11, 8AM-12 Noon - Our Fallen Heroes need you - Westboro Church to Protest

    10/20/2010 12:41:55 PM PDT · by trooprally · 50 replies
    Oct. 20,2010 | [Mr] Trooprally
    VETERANS DAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 8AM TILL NOON Westboro Baptist Church, aka Fred Phelp's one-branch family tree, is once again targeting Arlington Cemetery. WBC will be there on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, to protest our fallen heroes. We will be there from 8AM (to start setting up) till noon to be sure our patriotic message is seen long after WBC leaves. WBC will be there from 9 till 11AM The DC Chapter will have our Walter Reed MOAB, flags, banners, posters, patriotic music, HOT COFFEE, and light snacks. Our past 4 times opposite WBC have been at the Arlington...