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Fred Phelps Is Gone... And What Is Left Behind? (PHOTO)

Brent Almond | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brent Almond

Thank you, Fred Phelps. Thank you for enraging us, empowering us and uniting us. Thank you for bringing together LGBT and civil-rights activists, veterans and pacifists, bikers and schoolteachers, Republicans and Democrats, atheists and believers.

Funerals and Free Speech

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

A funeral is an occasion at which mourners should be free to grieve without having to confront offensive messages. As a matter of common sense, this is reasonable. As a matter of First Amendment law, however, it is flat-out wrong.

Fred Phelps and a Tale of Two Matts

Scott Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Swenson

In the 12 years between Matthew Shepard's funeral, and a Supreme Court case about Matthew Snyder's funeral, Americans' attitudes toward their gay neighbors have changed. It seems the Phelps family are the only ones who haven't.

'God Hates Fags': Q&A with Pastor Fred Phelps

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Pastor Fred Phelps led the congregation that gained notoriety in recent years for picketing the funerals of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan. He spoke with me about hell, homosexuality, and the Supreme Court.

Column: Anti-Gay Pastor Shouldn't Be Allowed To Protest At Marine's Funeral

Philadelphia Inquirer | Michael Smerconish | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics