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Fred Phelps Dead

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...

(Second) Thoughts on Fred Phelps

Greg Louganis | Posted 05.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Greg Louganis

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

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

Brent Almond | Posted 05.24.2014 | 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.

Why This Gay Activist Will Miss Fred Phelps

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.24.2014 | 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.

A Casserole for Fred Phelps

Josh Kilmer-Purcell | Posted 05.21.2014 | 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 05.21.2014 | 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.

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

Harriet Lerner | Posted 05.21.2014 | 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.

Fred Phelps' Legacy Is The Opposite Of What He Wanted

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) Fred Phelps, the 84-year-old founder of Westboro Baptist Church and media-master of hate speech campaigns, died Thursday (March 20) a...

Westboro Baptist Responds To Death Of Founder

Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion

After the death of their founder Fred Phelps, members of the Westboro Baptist Church posted a piece on their blog titled, "Your Dashed Hopes:" Fred...

RIP, Fred Phelps: Your Legacy Is Not What You May Think

Cathy Renna | Posted 05.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Cathy Renna

While many people will be celebrating the death of Phelps, whose name is synonymous with irrational hate and vitriol, I think that today the world lost someone who did a whole lot more for the LGBT community that we realize or understand.

Fred Phelps is Dead and I'm Grateful

Emily Timbol | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Emily Timbol

That might sound shocking, but it's true. I'm grateful that Fred Phelps made hating gay people seem deranged, and crazy. I'm glad that, with his crudely drawn bright color signs, he looked foolish.

Grieving for Fred Phelps

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

I grieve for Fred Phelps. The man spent a great portion of his time on earth using his gifts in such a hurtful, and ultimately silly way. But I won't picket his funeral. I won't dance on his grave. I will try not to emulate him in any way.

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dead At 84

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to two of his children. His son, Timothy Phelps, con...

How Should We React To Fred Phelps' Imminent Death?

USA Today | Jolie Lee | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Reports that Fred Phelps, 84, founder of the Topeka, Kan., church known for its anti-gay message and protests of military funerals, is on his de...

Why Fred Phelps Was Excommunicated From WBC

Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

Fred Phelps has been excommunicated from Westboro Baptist Church according to his estranged son, Nate Phelps. Pastor Fred Phelps founded the church t...

Fred Phelps Will Not Have A Funeral To Picket

Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

Westboro Baptist Church is famous for its funeral pickets, and now that its founder, Fred Phelps, is on his deathbed, some people have raised the poss...

POLL: Should Fred Phelps' Funeral Be Picketed?

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

News broke over the weekend that Fred Phelps Sr., the polarizing and highly controversial founder of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist church, is reported...

Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Urges Compassion For Dying Founder

Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

Fred Phelps, founder of the infamous "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, is reportedly on his deathbed, leaving behind a legacy of hate, intoler...

Westboro Baptist Church Founder 'On Edge Of Death'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion

Fred Phelps, the founder of the highly controversial Westboro Baptist Church, which is known for protesting high-profile funerals with signs that read...