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  • Joel Osteen targeted by Westboro Baptist Church, protests at Lakewood Church

    11/10/2014 7:20:09 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    examiner.com ^ | November 9, 2014
    Joel Osteen might be focused on positivity and prosperity, but folks coming to hear his sermon on Sunday had to drive to Lakewood Church seeing some pretty negative signs. Members of the Westboro Baptist church were seen along the roads to the church and the signs they were waving at the drivers were very inflammatory. According to KHOU on Sunday, the Westboro Baptist church members shouted their message through bullhorns surprising the congregation members who call Lakewood Church their home.
  • 'God Loves Gays' billboard goes up near Westboro Baptist Church

    09/08/2014 7:36:28 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 43 replies
    UPI ^ | September 8, 2014 | Gabrielle Levy
    TOPEKA, Kan., Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Remember when "God" said he wanted to plaster a pro-tolerance message on a billboard in the back yard of the Westboro Baptist Church? Well, thanks to the donations of more than 3,700 funders, God -- or at least the mysterious person running God's Facebook page -- has raised more than $80,0000 in support of a "God Loves Gays" billboard in Topeka, Kan.
  • Westboro Baptist Church Planning Anti-Gay Protest Outside Robin Williams' Funeral

    08/16/2014 11:13:01 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August16, 2014
    Westboro Baptist Church Planning Anti-Gay Protest Outside Robin Williams' Funeral - because of late actor's role in The Birdcage Says it will 'preach in lawful proximity' to star's funeral to 'warn the living' Williams played a gay man in the movie The Birdcage 16 August 2014 Members of the controversial Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church are planning a protest at tragic actor Robin Williams' funeral over his portrayal of a gay man in the movie The Birdcage.
  • Fred Phelps: no funeral for the preacher who picketed so many (+video)

    03/23/2014 11:54:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 3/20/14 | Mark Guarino
    Fred Phelps, a former street preacher who led a family ministry that raged against what he perceived as a morally bankrupt society, died Thursday. His legacy of picketing funerals of military veterans and disaster victims, promoting coarse language to condemn conduct he viewed as amoral, and waging legal battles that protected his actions under the First Amendment, earned him an international reputation of a man’s whose absolute conviction was never swayed in the face of widespread contempt. “The level of his vitriol, the savageness of his comments, were just unmatched anywhere. His rhetoric was such he united people both on...
  • Hate and How to Overcome It: How Should We Respond to the Tragic Death of Fred Phelps?

    03/20/2014 8:07:33 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 60 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 3/20/2014 | Ed Stetzer
    Death is always a tragedy. Hate makes it more so. Today, a man known for hate died. CNN concluded that his infamy was worth a breaking news alert. But how do we respond? How does this breaking news relate to the gospel's good news? I've had some run-ins with Westboro, though I don't like to use the words "Baptist" and "Church" when referring to it. (My apologies to the city of Westboro, but your sacrifice is appreciated to rescue the words "Baptist" and "Church.") I actually have a reminder of the Phelps family that I see every day. If you...
  • Fred Phelps, Friend of the Gays

    03/20/2014 12:42:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 19 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | March 20, 2014 | Jay Michaelson
    If Fred Phelps didn’t exist, it would be necessary to invent him. ................................................ Indeed, Phelps was one of the LGBT community’s best friends—precisely because he was so outrageous. Every time Maggie Gallagher or Robert George would get up and give some vaguely reasonable defense of ‘traditional’ marriage, Phelps’s posse would show up with their tricolor posters and homophobic rhetoric. Phelps was like the emperor with no clothes on. There was nothing disguising his feelings; he made it clear that being anti-gay really was all about hate.
  • Fred Phelps, former head of Westboro Baptist Church, died, family member says

    03/20/2014 9:01:36 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 158 replies
    WIBW ^ | Mar 20, 2014
    Fred Phelps Sr., the former head of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member. Phelps' son, Timothy told 13 News that his father died just before midnight. Timothy Pheps works at the Shawnee Co. Jail. Ironically, another son who is a member of the church, attorney Jonathan Phelps told us Thursday morning, "Pastor Phelps is doing just fine." That, of course, could have been a spiritual reference. Over the weekend, we learned that Phelps was reportedly "on the edge of death." In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged...
  • Phelps deathbed reports have foes keeping watch

    03/19/2014 4:16:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    washington post ^ | jolie lee
    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 deathbed have some looking forward to the Westboro Baptist Church pastor’s passing. The Facebook page Fred Phelps Death Watch was created March 16 and has nearly 1,900 likes. The page states, “While we wait for God to take him, because he hates homosexuals, let’s relive some of his more memorable moments while we wait.”
  • Westboro Baptist Church Leader Fred Phelps a Democrat

    03/19/2014 12:58:04 PM PDT · by celmak · 45 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 03/18/2014 | Paul Bois
    The founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, notorious for leading hateful protests against gay rights, is actually a Democrat with long history of endorsing Democratic candidates. On Tuesday, Politico provided some background on Phelps' political history, most of which saw him endorsing Democrat candidates and running for office a number of times as a Democrat. In the 1990's, Phelps ran in three Kansas Democratic primaries for Governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving only 15% of the vote. He also ran for Senator in 1992, receiving 31% of the vote, and for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997....
  • Fred Phelps, founder of 'rabid' Westboro Baptist Church, said near death

    03/16/2014 1:26:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/16/2014 | Mark Sappenfield
    Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Kansas church held in disgust worldwide for its antigay protests of prominent funerals, is in hospice care and "on the edge of death," according to one of his estranged sons. Nate Phelps posted the information on Facebook Saturday night, adding the revelation that his father had been excommunicated from the church in 2013. A church spokesman told the Topeka Capitol-Journal that Phelps was indeed in the hospice but that Nate Phelps "is not well informed." The spokesman also refused to comment on the allegation that the elder Mr. Phelps has been excommunicated. Another...
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. “on the edge of death,” son says

    03/16/2014 11:14:09 AM PDT · by South40 · 82 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | 3/16/2014
    The estranged son of the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church said his father is "on the edge of death." Fred Phelps Sr. became famous for organizing picket lines of brightly-colored signs carrying hateful messages against tolerance during the funerals of military personnel and famous figures. His actions led to at least two federal and several state laws restricting protests during military funerals. In a statement on his Facebook page, Nathan Phelps, who has been estranged from his father for 30 years, said the senior Phelps was dying in hospice care in Topeka, Kan., and that he had been ex-communicated...
  • Fred Phelps, Westboro Pastor, Ex-communicated, "at death's door" (NOT SATIRE)

    03/16/2014 9:08:52 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 70 replies
    Patheos.com/The Friendly Atheist ^ | 3/15/14 | Hemat Mehta/Patheos
    You know Fred Phelps. You loathe Fred Phelps. You despise everything he stands for, like his family members’ infamous protests at soldiers’ funerals with their awful “God Hates Fags” signs. They’ve been a symbol for many years of the religion-based animosity against the LGBT community — to the point that they’ve been labeled a “hate group” and even the most fundamentalist Christian groups denounce his church’s activities.... /snip/... Tonight, on Facebook, Nate (one of Fred's sons, excommunicated from the church) posted this: I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was...
  • Chicago Labor Union Picketing Funerals, Harassing Mourners

    08/01/2013 11:29:47 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/1/13 | Ian Tuttle
    This sort of thing ought to be left to the Westboro Baptist Church. The Washington Free Beacon reports that a Chicago judge has intervened on behalf of SCI Illinois Services, Inc., a national funeral-home chain, and ordered the local Teamsters chapter to suspend picketing at 16 funeral homes in the area. What prompted the legal action? The company testified in its filing that union members blocked grieving family members from leaving its parking lot, used bullhorns to shout obscenities at workers and mourners, and unleashed a German Shepard on a dead woman’s daughter and husband. The funeral home was eventually...
  • Breaking: Church Claims They'll Protest Judge's Memorial Service (Westboro Baptist Church)

    07/22/2013 8:38:22 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 40 replies
    KRISTV.com ^ | Jul 22, 2013 6:16 PM | Staff
    CORPUS CHRISTI - A family-run church known to picket military funerals is threatening to protest a memorial service planned for District Judge Tom Greenwell. The Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas issued the release this afternoon of their plans to be at the United Methodist Church on Shoreline Boulevard Thursday afternoon. Greenwell committed suicide last Monday inside his office at the Nueces County courthouse. The sheriff's office is still investigating what led to his suicide. A handwritten will was found that left everything Judge Greenwell owned to a 36-year-old man named Albert Fuentes. Greenwell told KZTV back in 2006 that...
  • Westboro Baptist Church tweets intent to 'picket' funerals of Arizona firefighters

    07/02/2013 10:32:13 PM PDT · by South40 · 54 replies
    ABC15.com ^ | 7/2/2013 | Josh Frigerio
    PHOENIX - The notoriously outspoken and often controversial Westboro Baptist Church has made several threats through social media intending to picket the funerals of the 19 firefighters killed in the Yarnell Hill wildfire near Prescott. Westboro Baptist Church posted several tweets from their Twitter account within the last 48 hours, connecting the firefighter deaths to punishment for the world's apparent tolerance of homosexuality. In a tweet posted at 2:56 p.m. Monday, the church said, "Westboro Baptist Church THANKS GOD for AZ fires that killed 19 firefighters!" In another post, they retweeted Arizona Senator John McCain, adding their intent to picket:...
  • 5-year-old girl's lemonade stand draws ire of Westboro Baptist Church

    06/17/2013 3:32:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 37 replies
    A 5-year-old girl set up a lemonade stand across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church compound, and now the group is targeting her. ... The efforts have clearly irritated Westboro members, Equality House resident Davis Hammet said. "She was so awesome. She was such a sweetheart," Hammet said. "She was right in front of this hate group. She was unfazed and unafraid, and they are so very vile and rude to people." ... Jayden told her father that she wanted to set up a lemonade stand to help a charity. After doing research, they settled on Equality House because...
  • Westboro Church Protests Funeral in Oklahoma City

    05/24/2013 12:52:40 PM PDT · by kjam22 · 51 replies
    kjam22 reporting | 5-24-2013 | kjam22
    Members of the Westboro church showed up today in Moore, Oklahoma to protest the funeral of a child killed in the Moore Tornado. Approximately 100 members of Patriot Guard Bikers showed up to provide a hedge between the cult church and the persons attending the funeral. It is my understanding the members of the Westboro Church were arrested for not acquiring a permit to protest and are currently being booked into the Moore City Jail. It is expected that processing and arraignment will not be completed until sometime after the Holiday weekend. Oklahoma.... is this a great state or what?
  • Westboro Thugs To Protest The Funeral Of George Jones

    05/02/2013 1:23:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 59 replies
    Michael Berry ^ | Michael Berry
    Westboro member Margie Phelps later told The Tennessean, "I'm not sure it's fully decided at this moment." She says the group is also considering protests at NBA playoff games in Oklahoma City and Chicago in response to NBA player Jason Collins' recent announcement that he's gay. Phelps says chances of picketing Thursday in Nashville were "about 80/20 likely." The Westboro Baptist Church has announced it plans to picket the funeral of country star George Jones, set to be held Thursday morning at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.
  • Boston Teamsters to form human shield for bombing victim's burial as Westboro Baptists...

    04/21/2013 7:13:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 66 replies
    FULL TITLE: Boston Teamsters to form human shield for bombing victim's burial as Westboro Baptists plans a protest Teamsters from Local 25 in Boston will protect the family of bombing victim Krystle Campbell during her funeral tomorrow morning. Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are expected to protest. The Associated Press reports, Family and friends are saying final good-byes to Krystle Campbell, one of the three people who lost their lives in the bombing at the Boston Marathon finish line.
  • Rainbow flag painted on house across from Westboro Baptist Church

    03/19/2013 9:27:48 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 49 replies
    MSN ^ | Marxh 20, 2013 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    A non-profit has bought a house across from the anti-gay church and turned it into a gay-rights center, complete with a rainbow flag. The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., might have finally met its match. The church, which is known for its extreme ideologies and anti-gay views, now has a neighbor swathed in the rainbow colors of the gay pride flag. Non-profit Planting Peace bought a house across from the church – notorious for its "God hates Fags" and "God hates America" slogans – and decided to turn it into a gay rights center, according to Gawker.com. The house...
  • Damsel, Arise: A Westboro Scion Leaves Her Church

    02/07/2013 10:13:55 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    Medium.com ^ | February 6, 2013 | Jeff Chu
    Just after 11 last Sunday morning at Old First Reformed Church in Brooklyn, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Meeter is starting the Sunday service as he always does. He runs through the opening salutation and the collect for the day, and then he welcomes everyone to church as he always does, introducing Old First “as a community of Jesus in Park Slope where we welcome people of every race, ethnicity and orientation to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves.” The congregation—some eighty strong on this sunny but cold February morning—is the usual mix of Park Slope churchgoing types:...
  • Westboro Baptist Church losing members at a rate never seen before (Video)

    01/13/2013 9:00:52 AM PST · by redreno · 14 replies
    www.examiner.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | Rachael Moshman
    tweet earlier this week inidcated the Westboro Baptist Church is having a difficult time maintaining members. Margie Phelps tweeted on Jan. 7, “Our children are leaving us in number not seen before.” Phelps added, “It’s impossible to stop them.” However, @WBCMediaContact tweeted that the message came from an imposter account. Children as young as three are given picket signs to protest at funerals and other high profile events alongside adult WBC members. Children are raised in a culture of hating anything and everyone that disagrees with the Westboro’s interpretation of the Bible. That is pretty much anyone who isn’t part...
  • White House Petition Against Westboro Baptist Church Becomes Largest Ever

    12/26/2012 2:34:51 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    KSEE ^ | 12.26.2012 | Hayley Peterson
    Nearly 250,000 people have signed a White House petition that would label Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group after its members announced plans to picket a vigil for children killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre. The petition, which was created on December 14, had logged 247,170 signatures by Wednesday morning - making it the largest online White House petition in history. Petitions need 25,000 signatures to be reviewed by the administration. The Westboro Baptist Church has made national news in the past for its strong views against homosexuality. The religious group blames most tragedies - from the death...
  • Westboro Church to protest at fallen Marine's funeral in Slidell, Louisiana

    12/21/2012 6:53:53 AM PST · by LSUfan · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 20 Dec 12 | Dana Viera
    The Westboro Baptist Church had said that they planned to picket and protest at the funeral services of the 27 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that occurred last Friday but so far their threats have not happened. Now they are saying via their website, godhatesfags.com, that they will preach to everyone at the fallen marine, Sgt. Michael Guillory of Pearl River, Louisiana's funeral...
  • Firefighters and police support "Stand the Wall" [truncated]

    12/19/2012 3:19:35 PM PST · by Fast Moving Angel · 10 replies
    Philly.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Mike Bertha
    Two days after Anonymous and other hacker groups announced their intention to destroy the Westboro Baptist Church over the group's plan to picket the funerals of victims of the Sandy Hook massacre, firefighters and police in New England worked together to shield the funerals from the WBC.
  • Anonymous Attacks Westboro Baptist Church Over Sandy Hook Funeral Protest

    12/17/2012 7:40:31 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    gizmodo.com ^ | 12/16/12
  • Outrage as Westboro Baptist plans praise gathering outside Sandy Hook Elementary....

    12/16/2012 12:02:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 12.16.2012 | Leslie Larson
    FULL TITLE: Outrage as Westboro Baptist plans praise gathering outside Sandy Hook Elementary school to celebrate God 'executing his judgement' in horrific shooting rampage that killed 20 children and 6 adults The tight-knit community of Newtown, Connecticut is numb in the aftermath of the heart-wrenching massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary school on Friday when a gunman killed 20 young students, all aged six and seven, in addition to six adults. As families mourn the lives that were cut short in this unspeakable horror, an extremist group has announced they plan to congregate at the scene of the tragedy and...
  • Sickening: Westboro Baptist to Protest Funerals of Connecticut Shooting Victims

    12/16/2012 10:01:10 AM PST · by chessplayer · 44 replies
    The way anti-gunners have handled of the Connecticut shooting has been one of the most disturbing things ever. Within hours of the tragedy they turned it into what they hope is their opportunity to finally pass another gun control law. The tweets of Michael Moore, the press releases of Mayors Bloomberg, Menino, and public statements of Democrat Reps bear witness to this. But perverted attempt to make gains from the Connecticut shooting became even more pronounced when Westboro Baptist Church announced they will picket the funerals of those killed on Friday. Why? -- because doing so gives them the opportunity...
  • Funeral protest rumors spark rally in Palatka (Florida)

    11/04/2012 10:30:29 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 7 replies
    St. Augustine Record ^ | November 05, 2012 | marcia.lane
    PALATKA — Hundreds of people rallied in front of a funeral home Sunday morning after reports circulated that a group planned to disrupt the services for a local woman who was serving in the U.S. Army and was described as an “all-American girl.” Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., sent out a news release Friday saying they would be preaching in front of Masters Funeral Home in Palatka as part of their ongoing campaign against homosexuality. They said military funerals “have become pagan orgies of idolatrous blasphemy, where they pray to the dunghill gods of Sodom & play taps to...
  • Westboro Baptist Church Members Told They’re Not Welcome At Local Soldier’s Funeral

    06/22/2012 3:17:02 AM PDT · by moonshot925 · 23 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 21 June 2012 | Staff
    YUCAIPA (CBS) — The community of Yucaipa is rallying around a soldier’s family. Army Private First Class Nathan Tyler Davis is scheduled to be buried Friday. Members of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church says they will picket the funeral. The group is known for picketing the funerals of soldiers — gay and straight — to protest what they believe is a country headed in the wrong direction when it comes to acceptance of gay rights. The group — which has about 40 members and mostly from one Topeka-based family — is considered a hate group by many.
  • Westboro Baptist to Picket Funeral of the Powell children (WA)

    02/09/2012 10:11:25 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 57 replies · 1+ views
    SeattleP-I.com ^ | 2/9/12 | Scott Sunde, SeattleP-I
    The Westboro Baptist Church, which has gained infamy for protesting at the funerals of men and women killed in combat, will have a new target on Saturday: the services for two little boys slain by their father. The church, whose "God hates fags" signs and messages have been seen across the country, intends to be at the funeral of Charlie Powell, 7, and his brother, Braden, 5. Saturday at the Life Center Church in Tacoma. The boys died Sunday after their father , Josh Powell, blew up their Pierce County home.
  • Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Joe Paterno Funeral

    01/22/2012 3:43:59 PM PST · by FamiliarFace · 47 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 22, 2012 4:58 PM EST | IBTimes Staff Report
    The controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas is at it again. Now, the church said it will picket the funeral of the legendary Joe Pa -- longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno who died on Sunday morning. Joe Paterno died on Sunday. The controversial Westboro Baptist Church tweet Sunday after the news that it planned to picket Paterno's funeral. Margie Phelps, wife of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, sent out several tweets on Sunday after news of Paterno's death spread. The church, known for its controversial positions, suggested Paterno is going to hell. "Joe Paterno is dead....
  • I'm Christian, Unless You're Gay

    01/14/2012 4:53:20 AM PST · by goodwithagun · 101 replies
    Today I want to write about something that has bothered me for the better part of a decade. I’ve carved out no fewer than a dozen drafts of this post, all strangely unalike, all ultimately failing to accomplish the job I’ve set out to do. Truth is, I’ve been trying to write it off and on for more than a year now, and the right words have been seemingly impossible to come by. In the end, and in order to post it, I guess I had to care more about the message than I do about potential backlash. I’m not...
  • Westboro "Baptist" Freaks Protest At Army-Navy Game

    12/10/2011 12:41:06 PM PST · by MindBender26 · 27 replies
    Am at game
    Mrs MindBender would not let me run them (and their filth) over at entrance to parking lot Could only flip them off Sorry could nof do more :)
  • Megan Phelps-Roper of Westboro Baptist Church: An heir to hate

    11/20/2011 5:08:56 PM PST · by SoJoCo · 26 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/20/2011 | Dugan Arnett
    In an ordinary town, in a quiet neighborhood, in a beige two-story house, a girl named Megan lives with her parents and eight siblings. She is 25, with a cheeky smile. Tall and tan and athletic, she has long, curly hair that tumbles down her shoulders in thick locks. Her voice is bubbly, with a pinch of country twang, and when she is talking about something she likes, she leans forward in her seat and says “Ohmygosh!” before unleashing a stream of syllables that come pouring out on top of each other. She is polite. If you were to stop...
  • Westboro Baptist Church to Protest Penn State; Atheist and Gay Groups to Counter-Protest

    11/11/2011 11:32:31 AM PST · by celticfreedom · 52 replies
    Westboro Baptist Church, best-known for picketing funerals of dead soldiers, is now taking its show of hate to Penn State - to protest the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the country and shocked the university. However, the divisive group's actions have united a divided campus, by inspiring a counter-protest by the atheist and LGBT student groups. On Saturday, Nov. 11, the WBC will be holding up its famously abrasive signs at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA where the Penn State football team will take on Nebraska. According to the WBC website, "Penn State has the...
  • Westboro 'baptist' 'church' Flee Atchison, Kansas at Savior's Name

    11/04/2011 3:49:51 PM PDT · by cqnc · 8 replies
    Local Video ^ | 70 AD | Evangelist John
    Antagonists (hardly 'pro-testers'} from the Westboro 'baptist' 'church' (truly neither) left Atchison, Kansas after attempting to picket the funeral of one of the young men killed in the recent grain elevator explosion. This site has video of them leaving mere moments after arrival, having been surrounded by local citizens. Additional video is available at http:/www.fox4kc.com/2011/11/03/federinco-to-be-laid-to-rest-westboro-plans-to-picket/#00id=E0bGF5MjrvalDKdke7Soh1rLIa6Im6g1. The locals from A-town were singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children" when the Spirit moved the antagonists to depart.
  • Steve Jobs Funeral To Be Picketed By Westboro Church

    10/06/2011 7:15:26 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 50 replies
    WebProNews.com ^ | October 5, 2011 | Josh Wolford
    Fringe religious organization Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket former Apple CEO Steve Jobs’ funeral, according to a tweet by top member Margie J Phelps.
  • Westboro Baptist "Church" to protest funeral of one of the SEALs killed in chopper crash

    08/15/2011 2:00:10 PM PDT · by Thunder90 · 36 replies
    WBC intends to protest Wed., 8/17/2011 @ 9:30 a.m. - Memorial Service to begin at 10:00 a.m. (Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS) for Navy SEAL Matthew D. Mason. Buriel will be private at Arlington National Cemetery following services in Missouri and Kansas. Mason, 37, was one of 30 Americans killed Aug. 6 when a helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan by Taliban insurgents. The chief petty officer had seven tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was severely wounded in 2004 in Fallujah, which was the largest battle of the Iraq War. Mason, whose wife,...
  • Westboro Baptist Church...Targets Betty Ford's Funeral (MI)

    07/10/2011 4:17:17 PM PDT · by Kieri · 19 replies
    MLive - Grand Rapids Press ^ | 07/10/2011 | Garret Ellison
    GRAND RAPIDS -- The Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for twisting scripture to justify persecution of homosexuals and picketing at funerals -- have announced their intent to protest this week's memorial services honoring former first lady Betty Ford in Grand Rapids. On the Topeka, Kansas-based church's website, the fringe group said they will picket services on Thursday because Ford divorced her first husband William Warren prior marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford. In Westboro's eyes, that makes Ford an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex." The announcement declares the group's intent to picket...
  • FBI Wanted to Learn of Domestic Terrorism From Westboro Church

    06/30/2011 1:46:26 PM PDT · by dragonblustar · 17 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 30 2011 | Subodh S. Lal
    The FBI confirmed Wednesay that members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were part of a training program for agents and police officials at two separate bureau facilities, a move that has now been abandoned.
  • Vet pleads guilty to lesser charges in Westboro stalking case

    06/23/2011 11:00:06 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 11 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | 06/23/2011 | TIM POTTER
    WICHITA — An Army veteran charged with stalking and conspiring to harm members of a controversial Topeka church pleaded guilty to lesser charges this morning, his attorney said. Ryan Newell pleaded guilty in Sedgwick County District Court to two counts of false impersonation of an officer — each "non-person" misdemeanors. He is receiving a six-month sentence on each count but is being released on a two- year probation, said his attorney, Boyd McPherson. "We had been working on a resolution for... six months," McPherson said. "I think both the District Attorney's Office and I wanted to feel comfortable that the...
  • Westboro Baptist protestors are escorted from funeral scene by Metro police (Tennessee)

    06/13/2011 12:54:18 PM PDT · by Islander7 · 50 replies
    The Tennessean | June 13, 2011 | Erin Quinn
    Link only due to copyright: Westboro Baptist protestors are escorted from funeral scene by Metro police..
  • Traveling evangelist Bethel arrested in Tenn.

    06/06/2011 7:54:07 PM PDT · by Bed_Zeppelin · 14 replies
    Daily Comet ^ | June 6, 2011 | The Associated Press
    <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A traveling evangelist who has sometimes aligned with Westboro Baptist Church has been jailed in Tennessee on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.</p> <p>Nashville police Sgt. Robert Haught told WSMV-TV in Nashville that 48-year-old Glynis Bethel, who is associated with Twenty-First Century House of God in Loxley, Ala., pepper sprayed him in the face as he tried to stop her from leaving a scene Saturday.</p>
  • Westboro - "God Hates the NBA"

    06/03/2011 9:35:47 PM PDT · by re_nortex · 50 replies
    WFAA-TV | June 3, 2011 | Self
    I just caught a story on WFAA-TV News about the Westboro loons coming to Dallas on Sunday June 5, 2011 from 6:15 PM to 7:00 PM. The site of their event is the American Airlines Center, timed to occur just prior to Game 3 of the NBA Finals between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. Their claim is: GOD HATES THE NBA! Fred Phelps and his crew go on to claim: WBC will picket the NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat to warn this nation that they need to tear down their idols and worship...
  • Pro-Joplin (Anti-Westboro Baptist Church) Rally, 5/29/11

    05/29/2011 5:54:15 PM PDT · by EternalVigilance · 47 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 29,, 2011
    Watch the video HERE.
  • Controversial Westboro Baptist Church Plans Protest in Joplin

    05/26/2011 10:36:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 112 replies
    KSPR ^ | May 26, 2011
    Church members plan to protest when President Obama visits tornado victimsThe controversial Westboro Baptist Church is planning to protest President Obama's visit to Joplin, Missouri Sunday. On its website, the church writes, "Thank God for 125 dead in Joplin." Church members claim Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has attacked them by promoting laws banning them from protesting at soldiers' funerals.
  • Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Hilliard (OH) school (One Mile From Me; Son Is a Freshman)

    04/26/2011 1:39:15 PM PDT · by buccaneer81 · 35 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch | April 26, 2011 | Charlie Boss
    Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Hilliard school Tuesday, April 26, 2011 03:23 PM By Charlie Boss The Columbus Dispatch The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its anti-gay protests at schools and high-profile events, is making a pit stop at Hilliard Darby High School next month. Hilliard school officials sent an e-mail alert to parents today, alerting them of the group's protest scheduled from 7:10 to 7:40 a.m. on May 10. "While the group does have the right to gather in protest as well as free speech, they will NOT be exercising that right on school grounds," Hilliard Darby Principal...
  • Mississippi Town Destroys Westboro Baptist Plans

    04/23/2011 2:20:11 PM PDT · by BulletBobCo · 51 replies · 5+ views
    Retire Like Me ^ | April 21, 2011
    The Westboro Baptist Church once again makes the headlines. This time however, the good news is that they were foiled in their attempts to disrupt another serviceman’s funeral. Mississippi gives the Westboro the kind of welcome that we would all like to give. Since we have reported on the Westboro Baptist Church a few times here, it is fitting that we update you on the latest. Last Saturday, USMC Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers was laid to rest in Brandon, Mississippi. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on April 7th. Many of the town’s residents paid homage along the route...
  • Louis Theroux - America's Most Hated Family In Crisis

    04/07/2011 4:27:01 AM PDT · by MalPearce · 2 replies
    Louis Theroux has paid another visit to the so-called "most hated family in America" and found his own image on one of their controversial placards. More information can be found here.