Fred Phelps Has Died-Fire And Brimstone Spewing Founder Of Controversial Westboro Baptist

***R.I.P...urgatory Some Would Say***

Fred Phelps Sr., a fierce opponent of homosexuality whose protests at military funerals prompted two federal laws, died early Thursday, his daughter Margie Phelps says. She didn't give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care. He was 84.
Fred Phelps Has Died-Fire And Brimstone Spewing Founder Of Controversial Westboro Baptist

Phelps headed the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., and was occasionally involved in politics. He gained national prominence for organizing protests against gays and Jews, including at military funerals.

According to the church's website, it has picketed more than 53,000 events, ranging from Lady Gaga concerts to funerals for slain U.S. soldiers. Typically, a dozen or so church members - including small children - brandish signs that say "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."
Fred Phelps Has Died-Fire And Brimstone Spewing Founder Of Controversial Westboro Baptist
The group also protested military funerals by saying soldiers deserved to die for defending an irreversibly corrupt government.

Fred Phelps Has Died-Fire And Brimstone Spewing Founder Of Controversial Westboro Baptist
President George W. Bush signed a law in May 2006 that established a 150-foot zone prohibiting picketing at military funerals within an hour of the service. Obama signed a similar law in August 2012 that increased the buffer to 300 feet and doubled the prohibition to within two hours of the service.


Fred Phelps Has Died-Fire And Brimstone Spewing Founder Of Controversial Westboro Baptist
The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an American unaffiliated Baptist church known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people. The church is widely described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. It was headed by Fred Phelps (although shortly before his death in March 2014 church representatives said that the church had not had a defined leader in "a very long time")and consists primarily of members of his large family; in 2011, the church stated that it had about 40 members.

Fred Phelps Has Died-Fire And Brimstone Spewing Founder Of Controversial Westboro Baptist
The church is headquartered in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Topeka about three miles (5 km) west of the Kansas State Capitol. Its first public service was held on the afternoon of November 27, 1955.


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