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'God Loves Gays' billboard goes up near Westboro Baptist Church

'God Loves Gays' billboard goes up near Westboro Baptist Church

TOPEKA, Kan., Sept. 8 (UPI) --God -- or at least the mysterious person running God's Facebook page -- has raised more than $80,0000 in support of a "God Loves Gays" billboard in Topeka, Kan.
Gabrielle Levy
Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign

Group tweaks Westboro Baptist Church with 'God Loves Gays' campaign

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20 (UPI) --"God" has spoken: He loves gays, and he's putting it on a billboard.
Gabrielle Levy
Westboro Baptist Church targets tech companies

Westboro Baptist Church targets tech companies

TOPEKA, Kan., July 31 (UPI) --The Westboro Baptist Church has decided to target tech companies with protests on its "God hates the media" tour.
Aileen Graef
Brad Paisley snaps selfie mocking Westboro Baptist Church protesters

Brad Paisley snaps selfie mocking Westboro Baptist Church protesters

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan., June 3 (UPI) --Brad Paisley posted a selfie mocking the Westboro Baptist Church protesters outside the Cricket Wireless Amphitheater in Bonner Springs, Kan., on Sunday.
Kate Stanton
Reason for Fred Phelps' excommunication from Westboro revealed by grandson

Reason for Fred Phelps' excommunication from Westboro revealed by grandson

TOPEKA, Kan., May 23 (UPI) --Zacharias Phelps-Roper said in a Facebook post that his grandfather, Fred Phelps, was excommunicated from the Westboro Baptist Church because of LGBT support.
Aileen Graef
Westboro Baptist Church chased out of Moore, Okla.

Westboro Baptist Church chased out of Moore, Okla.

MOORE, Okla., April 8 (UPI) -- Westboro Baptist Church members were chased out of town after residents stood against their picket saying a tornado that ravaged the town was "God's wrath."
Aileen Graef
Westboro Baptist Church to picket Oklahoma liquor store over sign mocking Fred Phelps' death

Westboro Baptist Church to picket Oklahoma liquor store over sign mocking Fred Phelps' death

March 28 (UPI) -- Westboro Baptist Church will picket Moore Liquor in Oklahoma over sign reading, "Fred Phelps 1929-2014, Champagne 10% off! Not a coincidence."
Evan Bleier
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.

Federal judge upholds Missouri law banning funeral protests

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., March 13 (UPI) -- A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law banning protests at funerals that was challenged by anti-homosexual group.
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Protesters of all ages with the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, KS, hold their signs as the funeral procession for U.S. Army Pvt. Peter Navarro pulls up to the St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church in Ellisville, Mo on December 23, 2005. The group protests at the funerals of U.S. servicemen and women claiming that God is punishing those that fight in the Iraq war. Navarro was killed by a roadside bomb on December 13 in Iraq. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an independent Baptist church known for its extreme stance against homosexuality and its protest activities, which include picketing funerals and desecrating the American flag. The church is widely described as a hate group and is monitored as such by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. It is headed by Fred Phelps and consists mostly of members of his large family; in 2007, it had 71 members. Located in a residential neighborhood on the west side of Topeka about three miles west of the Kansas State Capitol at 3701 West 12th Street, Topeka, Kansas, United States, its first public service was held on the afternoon of Sunday, November 27, 1955.

The church has been actively involved in the anti-gay movement since at least 1991 when it sought a crackdown on homosexual activity at Gage Park about a mile northwest of the church. In addition to anti-gay protests at military funerals, the organization pickets other celebrity funerals that are likely to get it media attention.

The WBC is not affiliated with any known Baptist conventions or associations. The church describes itself as following Primitive Baptist and Calvinist principles, though mainstream Primitive Baptists reject the WBC and Phelps.

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