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.
Ariz. lawmakers seek ban on funeral protests

Ariz. lawmakers seek ban on funeral protests

TUCSON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Arizona lawmakers were rushing to pass a law Tuesday that would protect the families of Tucson's shooting victims from funeral protests.

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.

Anti-gay protesters banned from Britain

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

School's 'Laramie' play to face protest

DETROIT, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- A Detroit high school's production of the play "The Laramie Project" will face a protest for the play's controversial messages, a Kansas church group says.

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.

Court ruling favors funeral picketers

TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- A federal appeals court Thursday temporarily blocked Kansas laws restricting pickets at funerals as their constitutionality is reviewed.

Anti-gay group to picket Va. Tech funerals

TOPEKA, Kan., April 19 (UPI) -- An anti-gay group from Topeka, Kan., announced plans to picket the funerals of victims of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Club a buffer for military funeral protest

OGDEN, Iowa, April 19 (UPI) -- A motorcycle club protected mourners at a U.S. military funeral in Iowa from an anti-gay church that believes war deaths are the result of homosexuality.

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
Shirley Phelps-Roper

Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born October 31, 1957) is an American lawyer and political activist. She is best known as the spokesman of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, an organization known for its highly publicized public protests conducted under the slogan "God Hates Fags."

Shirley L. Phelps-Roper was born October 31, 1957 in Topeka, Kansas. She is the daughter of attorney and pastor Fred Phelps, minister of the Westboro Baptist Church, an independent church often characterized as a hate group. She and the church have received widespread media coverage on news outlets such as the BBC and Fox News for the group's aggressive preaching and controversial campaigns such as the picketing the funerals of AIDS victims with signs such as "God hates fags" and funeral processions for American soldiers killed in combat.

Phelps-Roper received a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas in 1979 and a J.D. degree from Washburn in 1981. She practices for Phelps-Chartered Co., the Phelps family's law firm established by her father in 1964, and is currently licensed to practice before all Kansas courts up through the United States Supreme Court.

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