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Westboro Baptists Plan Funeral Picket For Kansas Shooting Victims-- But They Won't Go Unchallenged

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.17.2014 | Religion

The pain of the Kansas shootings that targeted innocents at Jewish community centers is still fresh, but that only serves as an invitation for the cal...

Westboro Baptist Church Defeated By Counter Protest

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 04.07.2014 | Religion

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church showed up at Central Junior High School in Moore., Okla., on Sunday to picket -- but the people of Moore were n...

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.

(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.

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.

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 ...

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...

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...

What's Really Going On With the Westboro Baptist Church? An Interview With Rebecca Barrett-Fox, WBC Expert

Susan Kraus | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
Susan Kraus

The following is an interview with Rebecca Barrett-Fox, Ph.D., who spent years studying the Westboro Baptist Church. With all the intense speculation and conjecture on what is going on with the WBC, I sought her out to get a more informed and balanced perspective.

10 Amazing Westboro Baptist Church Counter Protests

Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion

With the passing of Wesboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, reactions are pouring in and range from the vicious to the celebratory to the forgivin...

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

Cathy Renna | Posted 03.20.2014 | 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.

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...

A Gay Dad Says Goodbye to Fred Phelps: Your Life Was an Epic Fail

Rob Watson | Posted 03.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Rob Watson

I do not respect Fred Phelps, nor do I forgive the pain he inflicted, but I value him. I value what he contributed to the struggle for LGBT equality. I am grateful that because of his presence, millions woke up to understand homophobia better and to confront it.

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...

Ex-Westboro Baptist Church Member Now Attends Synagogue

Posted 03.06.2014 | Religion

Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper have had an emotional journey since 2012, when they left the hate-filled Westboro Baptist "Church" founded by their grand...

Hundreds Stand Up To Westboro Baptist Church

Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

The controversial organization known as the Westboro Baptist Church spent the Golden Globes weekend protesting outside four different Southern Califor...

Westboro Baptists Are Proud Of 'Duck Dynasty's' Phil Robertson

Posted 12.20.2013 | Religion

A&E sparked controversy when the network suspended Phil Robertson from the hit show 'Duck Dynasty' after GQ published an interview with his condemnati...

WATCH: Blake Shelton Has New Commandment For Westboro Baptist Church

Posted 10.16.2013 | Religion

Blake Shelton's got a new commandment for the Westboro Baptist Church -- "Blow me." The hate 'church' targeted him a few weeks ago, threatening to...

One Direction Hunk Defends Equal Rights After WBC Protest

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 07.22.2013 | Gay Voices

Harry Styles was unfazed by members of the Westboro Baptist Church picketing outside One Direction's Missouri concert Friday night. Instead of reactin...

Westboro Baptist Church Vows To Picket Funerals Of Fallen Arizona Firefighters

Posted 07.03.2013 | Religion

In a move that is growing increasingly less shocking, the controversial Westboro Baptist Church -- known for its strident anti-homosexuality position ...

Westboro Baptist Church Attacks Taylor Swift, Calls Her A 'Whore'

The Huffington Post | Stephanie Marcus | Posted 06.28.2013 | Celebrity

Add Taylor Swift to the Westboro Baptist Church's ever-growing list of people they've taken issue with. The Topeka, Kansas-based hate group has an...

WBC Hatemongers Freak After DOMA Ruling

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 06.26.2013 | Religion

As Americans across the country celebrated the Supreme Court's landmark decision to strike down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and essent...