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Fred Phelps

Ex-Westboro Member Reveals What Growing Up In Hate Group Was Like

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.07.2017 | Queer Voices

When Megan Phelps-Roper was just 5 years old, she stood with her family in a Kansas picket line, clutching a sign that read: “Gays are worthy of dea...

Grace in the Face of Hateful Protest

Christian Piatt | Posted 10.08.2016 | Religion
Christian Piatt

No, there's probably nothing I could have said or done to get those guys to calm down, apologize and march alongside us. But I did have an opportunity to model some real strength and grace to others there by responding without the barbs.

Religious Stereotyping Is Bullying

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 06.03.2016 | Religion
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fortunately, many good people of Phoenix -- Muslim and non-Muslim alike -- intervened against the stereotyping and the bullying perpetrated by Ritzheimer and his malevolent and misguided followers.

Is Mister Rogers in Heaven? Fred Rogers and the Faithfulness of God

Michael G. Long | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Michael G. Long

In the deepest recesses of his heart, Fred Rogers was an unabashed universalist who believed that God never gives up on any of us exactly because we are all essentially good, valuable, and lovable: God is the Great Appreciator, and we are the greatly appreciated.

Read The FBI's File On 'Radical Extremist' Anti-Gay Pastor Fred Phelps

The Huffington Post | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 02.25.2015 | Politics

The Federal Bureau of Investigation had an extensive file on the late pastor of a fringe Christian church that was notorious for its public anti-gay d...

2014 Was An Unsettling Year, And Religion Played A Starring Role

Religion News Service | Kevin Eckstrom | Posted 12.31.2014 | Religion

(RNS) For most of recorded history, Isis was an Egyptian goddess, a benevolent type who cared for widows and orphans, cured the sick and even brought ...

Christmas According to the Westboro Baptist Church

Susan Kraus | Posted 02.22.2015 | Religion
Susan Kraus

The Westboro Baptist Church expresses their beliefs through parodies of traditional carols or holiday songs. For its members, Christmas is simply one more example of pagan inspired idolatry, completely lacking in Biblical basis.

Lila Shapiro

Meet The Westboro Member Who Calls HuffPost Gay Voices Editor Her 'Best Friend' | Lila Shapiro | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

NEW YORK -- Four members of the Westboro Baptist Church stopped in front of The Huffington Post's Greenwich Village offices Wednesday afternoon for a ...

A Look Back At Some Of The Week's Biggest LGBT News Stories

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past seven days. Check back every Friday ...

Desecrating Dr. Maya Angelou's Funeral

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Irene Monroe

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church was planning to protest the "home-going" service of our nation's most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil-rights activist, and sister sage to us all, Dr. Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.

Son Of Westboro Baptist Church Founder Talks About His Fathers' Abuse

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.09.2014 | Religion

Nate Phelps grew up in a physically and mentally abusive household headed by Fred Phelps, the founder of the hate group known as the Westboro Baptist ...

Not My Father's Son

Nate Phelps | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Nate Phelps

Although I can't control all of it, after working with Brad, Terrie and their talented team this last year, I can make this commitment: This investment will not return empty. We will change hearts and minds. We will save lives.

Fred Phelps May Have Had A Change Of Heart Toward Gays, Relative Says

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 05.23.2014 | Religion

Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death...

Another Phelps Ditches The Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion

Another Westboro Baptist Church member has left the hate church -- Zach Phelps-Roper, age 23. The grandson of Fred Phelps is the fourth Phelps-Roper s...

Being Gay Is a Religious Right

James Brandon | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
James Brandon

Living from a place of fully loving every part of yourself, especially when confronted head-on with the haters, is not only the path to a deep spiritual awakening; it is exactly what Jesus faced on His own prophesied path.

Westboro Baptist Church: They're Baaaaack!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Fred Phelps, until his death in March this year, and his Westboro Baptist Church -- composed mainly of family members -- travel around the country pro...

How I Went Undercover Inside Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church

Jamie Leo | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jamie Leo

As you would expect, he was a braggart, but he mainly wanted to demonstrate to us what an efficient operation he led. Like a company marketeer, he proudly walked us around, Vanna Whiteing the number of printers and fax machines.

Friday Talking Points -- Democrats Unveil 2014 Strategy

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.28.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

House Republicans now say it's just too late to pass an extension of unemployment benefits. This, after they spent time this week trying to strip President Obama of the power to create national monuments. Way to prioritize, guys...

Arizona Vice Mayor Praises Fred Phelps On Facebook After Being Misled By Onion Article

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 03.28.2014 | Religion

Ed Farrell, Vice Mayor of the Arizona town of Maricopa, is probably wishing that he hadn't logged onto Facebook on Monday. The official was critic...

Bringing Mercy and Peace in the Face of Hatred

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

We may never see the results of our work but maybe, just maybe, that one small word or that one small gesture will save someone.

Let Your Light Shine

James Brandon | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
James Brandon

Life is one big roller coaster ride of personal choices from exhilarating joy to frightening turns and can ultimately be the main distraction for dealing with the Self.

What I Want My Obituary To Say

Josh Misner, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Josh Misner, Ph.D.

Live your life's story by writing it through the actions by which you want to be remembered.

An Open Letter to Franklin Graham Regarding His Views on Homosexuality

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Frank, you have plenty of anti-gay people besides Putin to admire. And don't worry: Marriage for same-sex couples remains illegal in 33 U.S. states and most countries across the planet, and anti-LGBT attitudes and statutes are alive and well in our country and abroad.

(Second) Thoughts on Fred Phelps

Greg Louganis | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Greg Louganis

Often it is my second thought that is best, and that was true when it came to Fred Phelps.

Liquor Store Celebrates Westboro Founder's Death With Champagne

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business

After the death of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, a liquor store in Oklahoma decided to celebrate with some bubbly. Phelps, the foun...