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Oklahoma liquor store celebrates Fred Phelps' death

Oklahoma liquor store celebrates Fred Phelps' death

March 26 (UPI) -- Moore, Okla., liquor store offers 10 percent off champagne in honor of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps' death.
Danielle Haynes
Fred Phelps won't have funeral

Fred Phelps won't have funeral

March 21 (UPI) -- No funeral will be held for Fred Phelps, Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, who died shortly before midnight late Wednesday.
Gabrielle Levy
Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, dies

Fred Phelps, founder of anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, dies

TOPEKA, Kan., March 20 (UPI) -- Fred Phelps, a disbarred lawyer and founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., has died, his daughter said Thursday.
Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church founder, dies

Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church founder, dies

March 20 (UPI) -- The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church best known for protesting military funerals, has died at the age of 84.
Gabrielle Levy
Satanist group vows to turn Westboro Baptist Church co-founder gay in the afterlife

Satanist group vows to turn Westboro Baptist Church co-founder gay in the afterlife

March 19 (UPI) -- Satanic Temple group says it will hold a "Pink Mass" to turn Westboro Baptist Church co-founder Rev. Fred Phelps gay in the afterlife.
Evan Bleier
Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church co-founder, on death bed

Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church co-founder, on death bed

March 16 (UPI) -- The co-founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, is on the edge of death, his son says.
Danielle Haynes
Westboro Baptist Church pastor Phelps near death, son says

Westboro Baptist Church pastor Phelps near death, son says

TOPEKA, Kan., March 16 (UPI) -- Fred Phelps Sr., pastor of the Topeka, Kan., Westboro Baptist Church, known for its angry anti-gay pickets, is near death, his son said in a Facebook message.

Satanist group wants monument at Oklahoma Statehouse

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- A New York group says it should be allowed to put up a monument to Satan on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol next to the Ten Commandments monument.

Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Taylor Swift

TOPEKA, Kan., June 29 (UPI) -- The Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., known for its anti-homosexual picketing, says it is targeting a Taylor Swift concert.

Westboro Baptists' website hacked

NEWTOWN, Conn., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- The Westboro Baptist Church, known for its anti-gay picketing, had its website hacked after announcing plans to show up in Newtown, Conn.

Westboro Baptist Church loses appeal

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The Westboro Baptist Church, known for using anti-gay rhetoric while picketing military funerals, has lost a challenge to a Missouri law restricting protests.
Free speech and Islam on fire

Free speech and Islam on fire

WASHINGTON, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- How can the U.S. government allow a shadowy Los Angeles area man to make and show an anti-Islam film that has outraged Muslims across the globe and ignited protests in North Africa and the Middle East that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including an ambassador, and put other U.S. diplomats and military in the greatest danger?
MICHAEL KIRKLAND, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent

Church says deadly blast 'God's curse'

SAN BRUNO, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A couple from a notorious Kansas church demonstrating against gays in San Bruno, Calif., were far outnumbered by counter-protesters.

Mass action shields soldier's funeral

WESTON, Mo., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- A small Missouri town turned out to keep Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church from protesting a soldier's funeral.

Court weighs private grief, free speech

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Supreme Court justices showed rare open disapproval Wednesday of an anti-gay pastor who aggressively pickets the funerals of U.S. service members.
Will distress trump the First Amendment right to free speech?

Will distress trump the First Amendment right to free speech?

Next fall, the U. S. Supreme Court will hear the case of Snyder vs. Phelps, in which it's possible the speech-related practices of an obnoxious group will be curbed -- but at the price of some new First Amendment fetters.
HARRIET ROBBINS OST

Calif. students to defend 'Laramie' play

SAN MATEO, Calif., March 22 (UPI) -- High school students in San Mateo, Calif., say they are prepared to oppose a church's protest of their school's production of "The Laramie Project."

Anti-gay protesters banned from Britain

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Two U.S. anti-gay preachers have been banned from entering England, officials said.

Canada to block U.S. beheading protesters

OTTAWA, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A U.S. Christian sect planning to protest the Canadian funeral of a man beheaded on a Greyhound bus will be turned back at the border, officials said.

Anti-gay group to protest NIU funerals

WONDER LAKE, Ill., Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Baptist group led by the Rev. Fred Phelps will protest the funerals of two victims of the Illinois campus shootings saying it was God's revenge against gays.

U.S. biker group dogs anti-gay group

TOPEKA, Kan., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- A national U.S. motorcycle group has begun sending its members to military funerals being picketed by a publicity-hungry evangelical anti-gay group.

Bush signs bill limiting funeral protests

WASHINGTON, May 29 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush signed a bill Monday intended to force members of a Kansas church to stop targeting military funerals with anti-gay demonstrations.

Bill limits protests at military funerals

LANSING, Mich., April 19 (UPI) -- The Michigan state House passed a bill prohibiting protests from taking place within 500 feet of funerals.

States try to stop funeral protests

CHICAGO, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in at least five states are trying to stop a Baptist pastor from demonstrating at funerals of Iraq war dead. The Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church say the deaths are God's punishment for U.S. toleranc

Illinois mulls 'Rest in Peace' Act

CARBONDALE, Ill., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Illinois Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting legislation to limit political protests at funeral services in the state.
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