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Fred Phelps

Westboro Baptist Church: They're Baaaaack!

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 04.14.2014 | Gay 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 04.04.2014 | Gay 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 03.28.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.27.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | Gay 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 03.27.2014 | Gay 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...

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

Brent Almond | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay 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.

Be Grateful to Homophobic Preacher

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

Many seem to be rejoicing over Phelps death, but we should be mourning because Phelps and his vile ideology helped shine a light on the true evil of bigotry and homophobia. The WBC has spurred people to sympathize with and rally behind the LGBT movement.

Why This Gay Activist Will Miss Fred Phelps

Wayne Besen | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

No one has done more to turn the next generation away from anti-LGBT bias than Fred Phelps. In this sense, he was a monumental failure who achieved the polar opposite of what he set out to accomplish.

You'll Never Believe How These People Counter-Protested The Westboro Baptist Church

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.24.2014 | Gay Voices

Even in the wake of Fred Phelps' death, members of the Westboro Baptist Church continue to use hate as their weapon of choice. But counter-protesters ...

Why I Don't Grieve For Fred Phelps

Walker Bristol | Posted 03.24.2014 | Religion
Walker Bristol

My spirituality demands that I be critical of my ego and critical of my anger. It is suspiciously easy to react to the elimination of a hateful force like Fred Phelps with love, rather than mockery and resentment. But there is so much space between.

God Has a Little Talk With Fred Phelps

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 03.24.2014 | Comedy
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

God: You were expecting some white man with a beard. Puleeeaze! Fred: But you're Black, and you look like Barbra Streisand.

The "Negative Sainthood" of Rev. Fred Phelps

Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D. | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion
Rev. Stephen V. Sprinkle, Ph.D.

Every life lived has something to teach us about ourselves and God, does it not?

A Casserole for Fred Phelps

Josh Kilmer-Purcell | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Josh Kilmer-Purcell

I'm sending a casserole to Fred Phelps' daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper -- a person I'm proud, and somewhat befuddled, to call an old friend.

What Fred Phelps Didn't Learn From Sodom and Gomorrah

Rabbi Denise Eger | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Denise Eger

Too bad Fred Phelps didn't understand that Sodom was condemned not for sodomy or homosexuality but for the sin of inhospitality and hostility to strangers. They had to answer too. Now it's Fred Phelps' turn.

'I Mourn The Man He Could Have Been'

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 03.21.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Nathan Phelps, the estranged atheist son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who died Wednesday (March 19), is asking people to look beyond hi...

The Week to Week News Quiz for 3/21/14

John Zipperer | Posted 03.21.2014 | San Francisco
John Zipperer

What's the bigger mystery: Flight 370's current location or Ukraine's future existence? See how well you've been following events by taking our latest Week to Week news quiz.

The Best Someecards Of The Week

The Huffington Post | Christine Dalton | Posted 03.21.2014 | Comedy

Well, this week was a real stinker. Spring came, but cold weather remained, the media continued to be a Flight MH370 sh*tshow, and everyone's March Ma...

Loving Your Enemies 2.0

C. Brian Smith | Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay Voices
C. Brian Smith

I'm impressed with the collective restraint being shown by the gay community (and our friends) in the wake of Rev. Fred Phelps Sr.'s death -- a man wh...

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

Posted 03.21.2014 | Gay 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 ...

Now Let Us Praise Fred Phelps: How He Helped Topeka, Kansas

Harriet Lerner | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics
Harriet Lerner

From the start, Fred had near-zero support for his particular brand of homophobia. He hated "fags" and "fag-lovers" and Kansans hated Fred. No one asks why we hated Fred. It's obvious. But I've always felt uneasy with the simplicity of our hatred.