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Fred Phelps

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...

I Will Not Picket the Funeral of Fred Phelps

Kristen Hotham Carroll | Posted 05.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Kristen Hotham Carroll

It would certainly be understandable if there were members of the LGBT community, as well as so many others, who felt inclined to picket the funeral of Fred Phelps. It is my hope, however, that no one will descend to the level of hatred and pettiness that seemed to fuel the last decades of his life.

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...

Westboro Pastor's Granddaughter Speaks Out: 'We Hurt A Lot Of People'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics

Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper, granddaughters of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps, say they have been working to "do good" since leaving the ...

SCOTUS, DOMA and Prop 8: Where Do We Go From Here?

Stephanie Mott | Posted 09.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

However, there is nothing in that truth that diminishes the other truth. Prop 8 is gone. Section three of DOMA is gone. What does that mean to me? It means hope.

'Hacktivist' Takes Aim At WBC

Posted 05.23.2013 | Technology

Did a hacker just pwn a hatemonger? On Tuesday, Fred Phelps Jr., the son of Westboro Baptist Church minister Fred Phelps, linked the devastation fr...

Former Westboro Baptist Church Member Becomes Gay Rights Advocate

Posted 04.16.2013 | Gay Voices

The granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps sounds off on why she left the controversial church, which is known for its extreme v...

Jennifer Bendery

Defense Of Marriage Act Weighed By High Court | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid a sea of hundreds of gay marriage supporters, about half a dozen members of the radically anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church stood in...

Planting Peace And Shocked Rants

Lynette Mae | Posted 05.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Lynette Mae

There will always be people like Fred Phelps who use religion to justify their bigotry and hate, and sadly, there will always be those like Michelle Shocked who internalize the twisted message and lash out as a bizarre defense mechanism. I feel sorry for them, because hate only breeds hate.

Could The Leader Of Westboro Baptist Church Be Gay?

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.15.2013 | Gay Voices

A former member of the Westboro Baptist Church who recently published a book about leaving the hate-mongering group has also revealed that founder Fre...

Ex-Westboro Member: Church Called African Americans 'DNs,' For 'Dumb N--'

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics

Nate Phelps, son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, sheds new light on his father's inflammatory rhetoric in a British newspaper intervie...

Former Westboro Baptist Church Member: 'I Didn't Want To Have Anything To Do With It Anymore'

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 02.26.2013 | Politics

Lauren Drain spent years as a member of the Westboro Baptist Church. Now the 27-year-old is speaking out against the controversial group. In an i...

Westboro Baptist Church Speaks On Phelps Daughters' Defections

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion

Shirley Phelps-Roper, daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church founder, has responded to news that her daughters have defected from the hate-mongering,...

Former Westboro Baptist Church Member: I Don't Know If WBC Should Be Labeled Hate Group

Posted 12.23.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Nate Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church's founder Fred Phelps, appeared on HuffPost Live Wednesday to discuss the controversial organization's...

John Celock

Westboro Faces Big Fight In Backyard | John Celock | Posted 12.21.2012 | Politics

Over 2,000 people have signaled an intent to join a human shield in an attempt to block a Westboro Baptist Church protest of the funerals of two Topek...

Former Westboro Baptist Church Member: They Should Be Barred From Funerals

Posted 12.20.2012 | HuffPost Live 321

Nate Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church's founder Fred Phelps, appeared on HuffPost Live Wednesday to discuss the controversial organization's...

Gays: The Calm After The Storm

Allison Hope | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Despite its arguably gay name and mercurial behavioral patterns, it turns out that the storm that ripped through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions was not a result of same-sex coital activities. Indeed, gays are not the cause of the storm but the calm after the storm.

Pigs To The Lake: The Evangelical Exorcism

Morgan Guyton | Posted 12.18.2012 | Religion
Morgan Guyton

I don't know what theological changes are needed to save American evangelicals, but I really don't think that we're destined to howl in the graveyard forever. The pigs are headed for the lake, and I believe for the first time in my life that the evangelicals are going to make it.

'Hellbound?' Wins The Debate

John Shore | Posted 11.25.2012 | Religion
John Shore

If you are a Christian harboring the idea that a literal hell is incompatible with an all-loving and all-powerful God, and would like ironclad evidence and testimony from a wide variety of sources and experts in support of that idea, then you must see "Hellbound?"

Westboro Baptist Church Threatens To 'Super Picket' Aurora Prayer Vigil

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.23.2012 | Religion

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church appear to be on their way to protest a prayer vigil for victims of the Aurora massacre, according to tweets fro...

Westboro Baptist Church Prophecy: Obama Out This Saturday!

Nate Phelps | Posted 09.19.2012 | Religion
Nate Phelps

Forget about the puny Mayans, the Great and Powerful Oz ... err ... WBC has spoken. Abandon hope, sell your possessions. Better yet, leave your possessions (in my name please), run to the mountains and hide in the caves.

WATCH: God Hates Everything: The Westboro Baptist Church

Network Awesome | Posted 09.06.2012 | Religion
Network Awesome

There is a man standing in front of you, and he hates you. He hates you to the point where all other instances of hate you've experienced now seem to require a different, lesser word, because they're a different, lesser emotion than what this man feels for you at this moment.

Clergy Bully From The Pulpit

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 07.31.2012 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Next time we want simply to dismiss Charles Worley, Sean Harris, Fred Phelps, and other "extremists" as "just a bunch of crazy fanatics," let us investigate the fuller picture by addressing where these attitudes and behaviors stem from.

Life After The Westboro Baptist Church

Nate Phelps | Posted 06.12.2012 | Gay Voices
Nate Phelps

I was amazed to discover that the insidious ideas I held about the LGBT community dissipated as I got to know the individuals that made up that group. I learned that the best way to destroy a prejudice was to have the courage to encounter those we have learned to prejudge.