I am a staunch supporter of the First Amendment. But having the right to do something brings with it a certain responsibility for common sense and fairness.
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.
Westboro members feel it is their duty to warn the Jewish community before it is too late. "We realized that we had to start talking to these Jews," Shirley tells me. "They are going to have to repent for killing Christ."
Between the Crusades, the Great Schism, the Thirty Years' War, the Spanish Inquisition, the Salem Witch Trials, and the Christian genocide of Native A...
Way out there on the wicked, broken fringes of society, those ugly and savage edges that always seem to be moving ever closer to the mainstream and a...
The signs are out. The protesters are screaming. The foam forms around the mouths: "You can't worship like that here!" Wait: am I talking about the NYC mosque protests or Westboro Baptist Church protests?
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.
While Rice says her faith in God remains intact, her repudiation of Christianity is a clarion call, one that should not be written off as a publicity stunt by a bestselling author, or dismissed by the Evangelical establishment.
Unless we learn to stand up for the rights of others, we cannot claim to be just, and we have no right to expect others to stand up for us.
Just when you think they can't get any more insane than picketing the funerals of hate crimes victims and soldiers killed in battle, the Phelps clan sinks to a whole new level of crazy.
It used to be that religions proselytized with promises about the hereafter. If there was a present-day benefit to be gained, it was generally something like not being tortured or put to death. But all that has changed.
The folks from Westboro Baptist Church know all too well how to play the public and the media. With little more than the selection of some curious venues and a few press releases, these protesters have gained national attention.
Originally published on Youthradio.org, the premier source for youth generated news throughout the globe. By: Hunter Moore (Editor's Note: This vid...
As soon as school gets out today, the Westboro Church is scheduled to be on our sidewalk. Our rally will be across the street. This experience will no longer be about Westboro and their hatred.
Fred Phelps and his hateful clan spent this weekend in West Virginia taunting innocent families whose fathers, brothers and sons were buried alive in the Upper Big Branch mine disaster.
The Fred Phelps family of troglodytes has stepped up to get more youth-oriented, what with Megan Phelps' recent feeble attempts at disco, and now a ...