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March 21, 2014

Judy Shepard: 'I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one'

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps rose to prominence after protesting the funeral of gay college student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a hate crime in 1998.

But now that Phelps himself has died this week at the age of 84, Shepard's family has no desire to celebrate.

His mother, Judy Shepard, said in a statement: 'Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, (my husband) Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one.'

March 21, 2014

The founder of the 'God Hates Fags' church is dead, and now several experts believe the far-right group will soon fizzle out after the death of its leader

The founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church is dead, and now the future of the homophobic cult looks to be in doubt.

Fred Phelps, 84, died late Wednesday (19 March), according to online postings of his church.

And now, experts on the so-called church say it will likely fizzle out.

In the past few years, several members have left and it now only consists of a few remaining followers – nearly all family members of Phelps.

March 20, 2014

The 84-year-old founder of the most hated and homophobic family in America has died in a Kansas hospice

Fred Phelps, the founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, was pronounced dead today (20 March).

His son Timothy has said his 84-year-old father passed away just before midnight in a Kansas hospital last night.

Days before he died, estranged son Nate Phelps took to his Facebook page to announce his father was ‘on the edge of death’.

He said: 'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved.

March 19, 2014

America’s Satanic Temple has pledged to hold a pink mass over Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ grave to make him gay in the afterlife once he dies

America’s Satanic Temple has pledged to make the founder of the virulently anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church a homosexual in the afterlife by holding a ‘pink mass’ over his grave.

The Satanic Temple already claims to have made Fred Phelps’ mother Catherine Idalette Johnston a lesbian in the afterlife after holding a ‘pink mass’ over her grave in July of last year in which two same-sex couples kissed over her grave during a satanic ceremony.

March 17, 2014

While some have called for the leader of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church to be given a taste of his own medicine, Kansas gay rights campaigners believe the LGBTI community should take the high road

Several people have called to hold a gay rights protest at the funeral of Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church.

While he has not passed on yet, his estranged son Nate has confirmed the father of the ‘most hated family in America’ is on his deathbed.

He is currently in Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. No other information is available about his condition.

The Westboro Baptist Church, a cult-like organization based in Kansas has for years picketed soldiers’ funerals and protested against LGBTI rights.

March 16, 2014

'I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved'

Nathan Phelps, the son of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr., announced on Facebook his father is on his deathbed.

The younger Phelps, who left the organization approximately 37 years, also stated the leader of the virulently anti-gay group was 'excommunicated' in 2013 August.

February 17, 2014

Thousands of University of Missouri students and other supporters of gay college footballer Michael Sam formed a human barricade to stop members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a ceremony to honor him during a basketball game

Thousands of people have turned out to block members of the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing a basketball game during which openly gay college footballer Michael Sam was to be honored.

The Westboro Baptist Church members traveled to Missouri on Saturday after Sam came out publicly, labeling the Tigers ‘fag enablers’ for tolerating Sam on the team and calling for the death penalty for homosexuality to be reinstated.

January 10, 2014

The Rev. Robert Nugent, who spent 30 years ministering to LGBTI Catholics before being stopped by the Vatican, has died aged 76 from lung cancer

Co-founder of groundbreaking US LGBTI Catholic group New Ways Ministry the Rev. Robert Nugent died of lung cancer 1 January aged 76.

Nugent, a member of the Salvatorian Catholic order, had spent 32 years ministering to LGBTI Catholics in an accepting way from 1977 until he was stopped in 1999 by the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict XVI six years later.

New Ways Ministry survived without him and he assisted in parish ministry at St. John the Baptist Church in New Freedom, Pennsylvania, until his retirement in summer of 2013.

October 23, 2013

Hundreds of South Carolinians turned out to counter-protest members of the Westboro Baptist Church who had threatened to picket a speech by the mother of Matthew Shepard but the church members never showed up

The Westboro Baptist Church inspired hundreds of people to take to the street in Charleston, South Carolina after they threatened to picket a speech by the mother of gay murder victim Matthew Shepard.

Judy Shepard spoke at the College of Charleston to a capacity crowd in its ballroom on Monday - with so many people motivated to counter-protest the Westboro Baptists that large numbers had to be turned away from the event.

October 22, 2013

A religious leader in a gay marriage in a US state where it is legal has resigned after she was concerned it would 'divide' the church

A pastor has resigned after announcing to her congregation she is married to a woman.

Bishop Allyson Abrams, 43, stepped down from Zion Progress Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan last week.

According to the Detroit Free Press, she told her congregation she married her wife Diana Williams in March in Iowa - a state where same-sex marriage is legal.

September 8, 2013

Singapore religious leader, who ‘spoke with God’, champions law that criminalizes homosexuality, claiming it’s not normal 

He says when he was 16, God spoke to him and ordered him to become a preacher.

Now, at 61, Lawrence Khong, senior pastor of Singapore’s Faith Community Baptist Church, movie producer and magician, is championing Section 377A that criminalizes homosexual sex in Singapore, in the midst of legal battles to have the law repealed.

Khong’s argument: homosexuality is not normal.

August 20, 2013

As the 'God Hates Fags' Church sings 'We Hate Who U R' - a parody of 'We R U We R' - the bisexual pop singer sends her dancers for a surprise performance

Popstar Ke$ha treated Westboro Baptist Church protestors to a choreographed dance routine from three male back-up dancers during her Nebraska show on Sunday (19 August).

Followers of the extreme church group were chanting an anti-gay version of Ke$ha’s hit anthem ‘We R Who We R’, titled ‘God Hates Who U R’ outside the stadium in Lincoln.

In response, the openly bisexual star sent a few of her dancers to surprise the protestors, providing slick choreography to accompany the hateful lyrics.

July 22, 2013

After signing gay marriage into law in England and Wales, the 'God Hates Fags' church claims the great-grandmother of the Royal Baby is a 'fag-enabler'

Westboro Baptist Church has named Elizabeth II the ‘Queen of Fags’ after she signed same-sex marriage into law in England and Wales last week.

In a photograph posted on Twitter by the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, it shows a woman holding a sign depicting the British monarch with a slogan ‘Queen of Fags’ and a World War II pink triangle – a Nazi symbol – on her forehead.

The attack comes less than a week after the WBC, once again on Twitter, said the Queen was a ‘Royal Whore’.

July 22, 2013

British boy band member spoke out about the 'God Hates Fags' church who had protested outside their concert in Kansas City

British boyband member Harry Styles has spoken out against the Westboro Baptist Church who protested at a One Direction concert this weekend.

On Saturday (20 July), the ‘God Hates Fags’ church travelled to Kansas City, Missouri to hold up their anti-gay signs.

They accuse the ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ singers for being ‘fag enabling perverts’.

July 18, 2013

Members of the Satanic Temple claim to have turned Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps’ mother into a lesbian in the afterlife after performing a ‘pink mass’ at her gravesite

A group of US Satanists has performed a “pink mass” over the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, which they say they believe has turned her into a lesbian.

The Satanic Temple say a pink mass is a ceremony that can change a person’s sexuality in their afterlife, similar to how Mormons baptize dead people into the Mormon faith after they have died.

July 16, 2013

In series of homophobic tweets, late actor called a 'fag enabler' for his participation in Kurt Hummel gay storyline on Glee

Westboro Baptist Church tweeted Monday (15 July) that it plans to protest the funeral of Glee star Cory Monteith who was found dead on Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room.

The notoriously anti-gay group filled its Twitter page with a series of homophobic tweets about Monteith whose Glee character of Finn Hudson was supportive of his gay stepbrother, Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer).

June 23, 2013

A lesbian couple married yesterday in the house the ‘God Hates Fags’ church called a ‘sodomite rainbow house’

Katie Short and Kimberly Kidwell got married yesterday in the rainbow-painted house across the street from anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church.

Equality House sent out messages earlier this month saying they were looking for same-sex couples who wanted to wed at the rainbow-painted house in Topeka, Kansas. 

June 21, 2013

Looking for a statement summer bag, look no further than a parody of Westboro Baptist Church's hateful signs

It’s officially the start of the summer, whether the weather would like to behave like it or not.

So we need to work out what we’re going to carry our swimming wear (or umbrella) in, and we reckon we’ve found the perfect summer accessory.

Parodying the extremely anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church’s ‘God Hates Fags’ signs, the bags have the backing of bisexual comic Margaret Cho.

May 29, 2013

The largest protestant denomination in the US says it wants to pull sponsorship away from the scouts after its leaders allowed gay membership

Southern Baptists church says it will sever its ties with the Boy Scouts over allowing gay boys to join.

ABC News reports the largest US protestant church will be hosting its national meeting later this year and will recommend churchgoers stop supporting the movement.

May 23, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church, who has blamed London terror attack and Oklahoma tornado on gays, have had their website hacked by pro-gay activists

The murder of a soldier in south-east London is being blamed on the UK’s acceptance of gay people.

The Westboro Baptist Church, an extremist US Christian organization, posted a message on Twitter saying ‘Fags Doom Nations’ yesterday (22 May).

They created a poster with images of the alleged killers, who are said to have hacked a victim to death while shouting ‘Allah Akbah’ (God is Great).

On the poster, they included phrases like ‘God Hates The UK’, ‘God Curses The Troops’ and ‘God Is Your Terrorist’.

May 21, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church is believed to be getting ready to protest the funerals of those killed by the 200mph winds

An Oklahoma tornado that has claimed the lives of up to 91 people is being blamed on Jason Collins.

Fred Phelps Jr, the son of the leader behind the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, has linked homosexuality to the destructive natural disaster.

He said Oklahoma sportsman Kevin Durant offended God by saying ‘no one has the right to judge’ the first openly gay basketball player.

Phelps tweeted: ‘OK Thunder’s Durant flips God by praising fag Collins. God smashed OK. You do the math. #GodH8sFags #FagsDoomNations #FearGod #GodH8sU’

May 19, 2013

In an interview with Gay Star News, writer Jeff Chu takes on Dan Savage and gays who hate gay Christians

Jeff Chu's Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian’s Pilgrimage in Search of God in America has earned the type of press writers dreams of. Positive reviews for a work that searches for grace and humility when there is usually fire and brimstone. However, liberals and conservatives have found fault with the work for that exact reason. What can be expected when tackling the third rail of US politics and culture: gay sexuality and Christianity.

May 9, 2013

Faith Community Baptist Church pastor Lawrence Khong says that the devil is behind LGBT people asking for rights

A Singaporean pastor has delivered a sermon titled God's Pattern for Marriage in front of 3,000 people in which he called the LGBT movement 'diabolical'.

'I believe that God has awakened to face one of the greatest attacks on the family by the evil one,' said Lawrence Khong.

Khong also called the LGBT rights movement the 'onslaught of the evil one'.

May 9, 2013

Libby Phelps-Alvarez, the granddaughter of the founder of the homophobic church, breaks down in tears when speaking to a fallen soldier's mother

A mother whose son’s funeral was picketed by the Westboro Baptist Church had the chance to tell a former member how she felt about the congregation.

Earlier this week, Libby Phelps-Alvarez appeared on Anderson Live to discuss growing up in the gay hate church and why she decided to leave.

The granddaughter of founder Fred Phelps, she said she thought she had been doing the right thing in spreading homophobia and picketing funerals by the age of eight.