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.
Britain bans 22 for promoting hate, terror

Britain bans 22 for promoting hate, terror

LONDON, May 5 (UPI) -- A right-wing radio broadcaster and a former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard were among the U.S. citizens banned from Britain, Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said.

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.

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

Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born October 31, 1957) is a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, an independent church and monitored hate group in the United States. She has received media coverage on BBC, Fox News, The Howard Stern Show, The Jeremy Kyle Show, The Ron and Fez Show, The Adam Carolla Show in addition to numerous appearances on podcasts including Perrynoid's Cosmic Circus, Nobody Likes Onions, Acorns & Merlot and Political Inversion for her 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 both a B.A. in Criminal Justice and J.D. degree from Washburn University, and currently practices with Phelps Chartered, the Phelps family's law firm. She is the wife of Brent D. Roper and a mother of 11 children. Her oldest child, Sam, is not Roper's son by birth, and her second child, Josh, is estranged from the church. Besides her father Fred, she has been the most public spokesperson of the Westboro Baptist Church and answers many of the e-mails sent to the church in a column called "Dear Shirley." Keith Allen revealed in his documentary on the WBC, Keith Allen Will Burn In Hell, that Phelps-Roper has an illegitimate son, Sam, after it was uncovered by a local media student. She is currently on the list of individuals banned from entering the United Kingdom for "fostering extremism or hatred".

She has received increased media coverage following numerous television appearances, many of which have been on Fox News Channel, including interviews on Hannity & Colmes, and with Julie Banderas. She has appeared on The Tyra Banks Show with two of her daughters, Megan Phelps-Roper and Rebekah Phelps-Roper.

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