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Op-Ed: Legacy of Hate: Can Westboro Baptist survive Fred Phelps' death?

Since 84-year-old Fred Phelps, founder and former leader of the twisted organization that calls itself the Westboro Baptist Church, passed away late Wednesday evening, many people are breathing a sigh of relief.
In the Media by Angela Atkinson

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dies

Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84. Tim Phelps, his son, made the announcement Thursday.
In the Media by Michael Thomas - 5 comments

Church to protest Lorde concert

The status of being an idol has landed Lorde in hot water with the Westboro Baptist Church. The Church plan to "warn the living" and protest the Kiwi singer-songwriter at her Kansas concert this week.
In the Media by Jessica Jones-Langley

Westboro Baptist Church founder, Fred Phelps, near death

Topeka - The controversial Fred Phelps Sr, founder of Westboro Baptist Church and "God Hates Fags", is reportedly near death in a hospice facility in Topeka, Kansas.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 3 comments

Satanic Temple performs 'gay ritual' at Westboro Baptist grave

The Satanic Temple, a NY-based group seeking to foster "benevolence and empathy among all people" through Satan, performed a "Pink Mass" at the Mississippi grave of Catherine Idalette Johnston, mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Jr.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

Westboro Baptist witnesses gay wedding across from premises

Topeka - The Westboro Baptist Church witnessed a gay marriage ceremony that took place across from their premises Saturday. Kimberly Kidwell, 31, married Katie Short in a wedding ceremony conducted on the front lawn of the rainbow-painted Equality House in Topeka.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

Westboro Baptist blames gay Jason Collins for Oklahoma tornado

The Westboro Baptist Church, the group that gained notoriety for picketing funerals of servicemen and recently Boston Marathon victims, has linked the Oklahoma tornado to Jason Collins's decision to come out and Kevin Durant's support of the decision.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus

Westboro Baptist Church to picket Boston victim funerals

Boston - The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has vowed to picket the funerals of those killed in the Boston Marathon blasts.
In the Media by Sami Zaatari - 8 comments

Megan Phelps-Roper leaves Westboro Baptist Church

Topeka - The granddaughter of the most infamous clergyman in the country has decided to leave her family's church and apologizes for her family's hateful behavior.
In the Media by Sean Fraser - 2 comments

Tax exempt status of Westboro Baptist Church may be in question

Washington - A petition drive to have Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) labeled as a hate group continues to gain steam, as well as a petition calling for the group to be stripped of their non-profit status.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments

Anti-Westboro Baptist Church petition has over 278K signatures

A White House petition to mark the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) as a hate group is currently the most popular petition with almost 300K signatures.
In the Media by Can Tran

Fox News: 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church is 'Left Wing'

Newtown - The Fox News website has raised eyebrows and ire by falsely accusing the Westboro Baptist Church of being a "left-wing" organization.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 5 comments

'Stand The Wall' operation shields Sandy Hook funerals from WBC

Newtown - Two days after Anonymous revealed Westboro Baptist Church's (WBC) plan to protest the funerals of the Sandy Hook school shooting victims, members of the law enforcement and firefighting community decided to step in.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 11 comments

Anonymous continue OpWestboro campaign

Topeka - The hactivist group Anonymous is continuing its campaign against Westboro Baptist Church, targeting Twitter accounts and even the church's internet and cable accounts.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 1 comment

Anonymous targets Westboro, releases addresses, phone numbers

The hacker group Anonymous has targeted the website of Westboro Baptist Church after the church announced plans to protest Sandy Hook Elementary School.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 6 comments

Church used for Newtown Shooting vigils receives a bomb threat

Newtown - A church in Newtown, which has been used for vigils in honor and memory of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary, had to be evacuated due to a bomb threat.
In the Media by Can Tran

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Sandy Hook elementary

There is outrage over the Westboro Baptist Church's plans for a praise gathering outside of Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 8 comments

Westboro Baptist Church chimes in quickly in Sikh shooting

Oak Creek - The news about a shooting at the Sikh Temple just outside of Milwaukee in Oak Creek, Wisconsin was just airing when Margie Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church took to Twitter, "God sent another shooter?"
In the Media by KJ Mullins - 3 comments

'Colorado Rises' to Westboro threat to picket Aurora vigil

Aurora - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church announced Saturday that they plan to picket a prayer vigil for victims of the Aurora massacre. A "wall of love" was formed on Sunday to keep the Wesboro church members from the vigil, but they failed to show up.
In the Media by JohnThomas Didymus - 1 comment

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Sage Stallone funeral

Los Angeles - Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are trying to rally members around a planned protest outside the funeral of Sage Stallone.
In the Media by Darren Weir

Former member of Westboro Baptist Church reveals why he left

Nate Phelps used to be a member of his father's anti-LGBT God-fearing Westboro Baptist Church, and he recently answered questions from online readers to explain why he left the Church and what motivated him to become an atheist.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 5 comments

Westboro Baptist Church may sponsor Limbaugh

Controversial conservative pundit Rush Limbaugh has been offered sponsorship by the Westboro Baptist Church after he lost almost all other sponsorship.
In the Media by William Suphan - 4 comments

Westboro Baptist Church pickets Academy Awards Special

Los Angeles - Five members of the Westboro Baptist Church arrived in Hollywood, CA on Sunday to picket the Academy Awards. They believe that the awards show glorifies idolatry and sin.
Digital Journal Report by Kevin Fitzgerald - 2 comments

Westboro Baptist Church announces picket at the Oscars

Los Angeles - Westboro Baptist Church has announced its plan to picket the Oscars saying the entertainment industry promotes filth, sin, and rebellion against God's commandments.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 1 comment

Westboro tweets fake protest pic from Whitney Houston funeral

Newark - A picture tweeted by Margie Phelps on Twitter depicting what appears to be Westboro Baptist Church protest signs outside the Whitney Houston funeral has created a stir on the Internet after it was declared fake by several news media outlets.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 1 comment

Westboro Baptist Church will picket Whitney Houston funeral

Westfield - The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for its radical demonstrations at the funerals of soldiers, celebrities, and homosexuals, has announced their plans to picket outside the funeral of music superstar Whitney Houston.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 26 comments

Westboro Baptist Church pickets Golden Globe Awards Special

Beverly Hills - On Sunday, members from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church came to California to picket the Golden Globe Awards show. They believe that popular movies and TV shows push the homosexual agenda, and that these awards shows further glorify it.
Digital Journal Report by Kevin Fitzgerald - 1 comment

Westboro Baptist Church to picket the Cotton Bowl

Dallas - The Westboro Baptist Church will continue their round of bowl game protests with an appearance scheduled for today at Cowboy Stadium where the Arkansas Razorbacks will take on the Kansas State Wildcats in the 76th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 4 comments

Westboro Baptist Church pickets outside Penn State football game

Members from the controversial Westboro Baptist Church picketed outside Beaver Stadium just before the start of a Penn State football game on Saturday. They were protesting the school's supposed cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
In the Media by Kevin Fitzgerald

Westboro announces protest of Steve Jobs’ funeral with an iPhone

Topeka - Westboro Baptist Church, best known for their anti-gay message shared at military funerals of fallen American soldiers, took to Twitter last night to announce they will be picketing the funeral of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 13 comments
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Westboro Baptist Church- a Topeka Kansas based anti-gay hate group.
File photo- Westboro Baptist Church- a Topeka Kansas based anti-gay hate group.
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A group of counter-protesters
A group of counter-protesters
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Margie Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church  shows her protest signs. One of them is a depiction of the...
Margie Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church, shows her protest signs. One of them is a depiction of the late Whitney Houston.
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This sign references the late Steve Jobs.
This sign references the late Steve Jobs.
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A Nebraska man sprayed pepper spray on a crowd of protesters and counter-protesters at the funeral o...
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A Nebraska man sprayed pepper spray on a crowd of protesters and counter-protesters at the funeral of U.S. Marine. The man's arm and multiple bursts of spray can be seen coming from the dark red/burgundy truck shown in the first 2 seconds of the video.
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Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2  2010
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Members of Westboro Baptist Church demonstrate at the Virginia Holocaust Museum on March 2, 2010
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I took this photo of Megan Phelps-Roper earlier this year when the Westboro Baptist Church came to p...
I took this photo of Megan Phelps-Roper earlier this year when the Westboro Baptist Church came to picket the Oscars.
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Westboro Baptist Church - Shirley Phelps-Roper- Charleston  WV
Westboro Baptist Church - Shirley Phelps-Roper- Charleston, WV
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Rachel Hockenbarger displays her signs while picketing the Golden Globe Awards.
Rachel Hockenbarger displays her signs while picketing the Golden Globe Awards.
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Kim Hartman - St. John's Episcopal Church of Charleston, West Virginia
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Flag waving counter-protesters were small in number but large in smiles and laughter when Westboro B...
Flag waving counter-protesters were small in number but large in smiles and laughter when Westboro Baptist Church showed up to picket in Charleston, WV
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Westboro Baptist Church picket at a synagogue in Charleston  WV
Westboro Baptist Church picket at a synagogue in Charleston, WV
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A counter-protester displays their sign.
A counter-protester displays their sign.
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A counter-protester holds up a sign while the Westboro Baptist Church pickets the Golden Globe Award...
A counter-protester holds up a sign while the Westboro Baptist Church pickets the Golden Globe Awards.
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Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest in Charleston WV  where they waved signs reading God Ha...
Westboro Baptist Church members at a protest in Charleston WV, where they waved signs reading God Hates Dead Miners, after the 2010 mining disaster that rocked the coal state.
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Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church displays a sign during the Oscars picket.
Margie Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church displays a sign during the Oscars picket.
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Whitney Houston funeral picture altered to appear like Westboro Baptist Church picket signs after WB...
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Whitney Houston funeral picture altered to appear like Westboro Baptist Church picket signs after WBC threatens picket, taunts media and counter-protesters.
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