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February 24, 2015

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations kept records on pastor Fred Phelps over four decades but ultimately dismissed him as a time wasting attention seeker who deliberately sought to provoke death threats against himself

The founder of one of the most extreme homophobic religious groups in the United States was the subject of a series of investigations by the FBI, new documents have revealed.

US website The Daily Caller obtained the FBI’s files on Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps via a freedom of information request – the earliest of which dates from 1967 when Phelps was working as a civil rights lawyer.

December 30, 2014

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church went to Pueblo County Courthouse to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage in Colorado but hundreds of people turned up to counter their message of hate

Members of the Westboro Baptist Church have once again been met by overwhelming community opposition after they staged a protest outside the Pueblo County Courthouse in Colorado yesterday – prompting 400 people to counter protest them.

Church members were in Pueblo to protest the legalization of same-sex marriage in Colorado and Pueblo County Courthouse was one of the first to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after its ban on gay couples marrying was struck down in October of this year.

November 20, 2014

While given a male name at birth, she found out she was actually intersex and identified as a woman

US swimmer Michael Phelps' self-proclaimed girlfriend Taylor Lianne Chandler has revealed she was assigned male at birth.

In a post on her Facebook, the 41-year-old has come out as intersex. She was given a male name because of the apparent nature of her genitalia at birth, but it was actually a little different.

June 12, 2014

Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Libby Phelps is forbidden from speaking to her family

Libby Phelps knows her infamously anti-gay grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave over the fact that she posed this week for the NOH8 campaign.

But the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died earlier this year, is continuing to step forward in her public support for the community that her former church has focused much of its hate.

June 5, 2014

America’s best-loved poet and civil rights activist has had her funeral threatened because of her support for LGBTI people

When news circulated that the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas was planning to protest the ‘home-going’ service of our nation’s most beloved citizen, poet, author, civil rights activist, and sister-sage to us all, Dr Maya Angelou, there was a collective gasp of disbelief.

May 23, 2014

Grandson says rumors US’s top anti-gay hater Fred Phelps supported the rainbow equality house across the road from the WBC

Fred Phelps reportedly supported gay rights and was then excommunicated from the Westboro Baptist Church before he died, his grandson has claimed.

New information is emerging about one of the most famous homophobic monsters in the world, who called for LGBTI people to be stoned to death.

His grandson 23-year-old Zachary Phelps-Roper, who left the church in February, has spoken out following his grandfather’s passing in March. 

May 7, 2014

23-year-old Zach Phelps-Roper, a grandson of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, has left the church and has spoken about how kind gay people have been to him since leaving

Zach Phelps-Roper has spoken about his decision to break away from the Westboro Baptist Church and reconnect with other family members excommunicated from the notorious anti-gay church.

23-year-old Zach moved out of the family compound on 20 February, with the help of cousins who had already left the church.

He is the fourth of his ten siblings to leave the church, now lead by his mother Shirley Phelps-Roper - the daughter of church founder Fred Phelps

March 22, 2014

Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that 'every mention of his (father's) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities'

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps who passed away on Wednesday, said while he will mourn his father, he mourns the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community 'even more'.

March 22, 2014

Gay hate group Westboro Baptist Church picketed Lorde’s Kansas concert, but were met with a peaceful counter protest which sympathized with the death of their leader

Westboro Baptist Church picketed Kiwi pop star Lorde’s concert in Kansas City, Missouri armed with their homophobic posters but were faced with counter protests of sympathy for the death of their leader Fred Phelps.

The concert at the Midland Theatre in downtown Kansas City yesterday (21 March) was picketed by the infamous gay hate group holding their usual homophobic signs such as ‘God Hates Fags’.

However, Lorde’s fans and the people of Kansas staged their own counter protest.

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

Internet gets confused and hilariously mistakes a homophobic preacher for an Olympic swimmer

When a topic starts to trend on Twitter, everyone wants to have their say on what’s happening in the world.

When Fred Phelps, the leader of the ‘God Hates Fags’ Westboro Baptist Church, died this week, it immediately went viral.

Some were a little confused and somehow mistook him for the 28-year-old Olympic swimmer, who is very much alive and well.

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 20, 2014

Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church showed the world what would have happened if we kept on moving backwards, and to that we should be grateful

They say you should never speak ill of the dead, but Fred Phelps was a monster.

Very few men were as homophobic to the extreme of what Fred Phelps was, a man who called for the death – by stoning – of all LGBTI people across the world.

He was an opportunistic figure of hatred. He saw the death of a gay student in the 90s, Matthew Shepard, as a way to further his cause.

And as soon as he felt like he was being ignored, he used the suicides of gay teens in the mid-00s to get the attention back again.

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 19, 2014

By the most epic fail in anti-gay history, the hate pastor not only failed to win people over but made the homophobes’ cause untenable

It feels like Fred Phelps has always been, and always will be, anti-gay hatred personified.

But he hasn’t always been there. Back in the 90s, when we were still reeling from the AIDS crisis and struggling with painfully slow gains for LGBTI equality, Phelps was not a public figure.

Then an event occurred that was so graphic and raw, that it tore not only at the heart of the LGBT community, but caught the attention of the mass population in a way that hundreds of thousands of deaths of gay men from AIDS had not.

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.

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 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.

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

Matthew Phelps and Ben Schock marry over the weekend in Seattle

When Matthew Phelps proposed marriage to Ben Schock last December, he got worldwide attention because of the setting he chose: inside The White House.

The couple had been invited by the Military Partners and Families Coalition to attend the White House holiday tour and photos of Phelps, on bended knee, went viral.

On Saturday (25 May), the couple made if official when they got married in Seattle, Washington - one of 12 states in the US where same-sex marriage is legal.

Phelps got married in his USMC dress uniform while Schock wore a tuxedo.

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.

March 19, 2013

'God Hates Fags' church is now sitting opposite the Equality House, proudly displaying the colors of the gay pride flag