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Founder of anti-gay Kansas church in care facility

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 16, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church that's widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.

Phelps is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said Sunday. Drain wouldn't identify the facility.

"I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems," Drain said. "He's an old man and old people get health problems." He said Phelps is 84.

Members of the Westboro church, based in Topeka, frequently protest at funerals of soldiers with signs containing messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "Thank God for 9/11," claiming the deaths are God's punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

Westboro Baptist, a small group made mostly of Phelps' extended family, inspired a federal law and laws in numerous states limiting picketing at funerals. But in a major free-speech ruling in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the church and its members couldn't be sued for monetary damages for inflicting pain on grieving families under the First Amendment.

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djigoo says... March 16, 2014 at 4:42 p.m.

Burn in hell.

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T6 says... March 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.

Fred Phelps' health problems may be God's punishment.

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FreeSpiritMan says... March 16, 2014 at 6:04 p.m.

I agree let the sob croak.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 16, 2014 at 6:13 p.m.

No, .. allow death it's slow march, which in time may allow a living hell to proceed.

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GrimReaper says... March 16, 2014 at 8:39 p.m.

Didn't think you believed in hell, goo goo?
Are you one too, BS Boy?

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23cal says... March 16, 2014 at 10:32 p.m.

I hope his family is given peaceful distance in which to grieve which he and denied to so many others. A piece of egregious evil is leaving this world; I hope we have the class not to dance on his grave, regardless of well deserved that would be. The worst thing possible would be for us to become like him.

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djigoo says... March 16, 2014 at 11:03 p.m.

Raper, why do you continue to bear false witness? Ferchrissake, you're a hypocrite of the first order. And I'll bet you went to church this morning believing you made the world a better place over the previous week, didn't you?

ROFLMAO

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djigoo says... March 16, 2014 at 11:04 p.m.

Hang on...I just realized. One of Grim's heroes is passing on.

I should be more sensitive to that.

My condolences, Raper.

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GrimReaper says... March 16, 2014 at 11:50 p.m.

Wrong again, as usual, goo goo. I went to church this morning, confessed my sins, known and unknown, and prayed for forgiveness. What did you do, goo goo?

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rback57 says... March 17, 2014 at 12:17 a.m.

No conservative would support this bigoted anti-military jackass. Goo I thought in your world there was no heaven or hell.

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