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Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 20, 2014 at 11:47 a.m.

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of a Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, died Thursday. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps said Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight. She didn't give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

Phelps founded the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, though most the small church's members are part of his extended family.

Their activities inspired a federal law on funeral picketing and laws in more than 40 states. But in a major free-speech ruling in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the church and its members couldn't be sued for damages.

Phelps' church preached that deaths of U.S. military personnel were God's punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality.

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djigoo says... March 20, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Buh bye!

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RoyDaMercer says... March 20, 2014 at 2:01 p.m.

Say hi to Osama

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 20, 2014 at 2:11 p.m.

SEE! There is a God.

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23cal says... March 20, 2014 at 3:34 p.m.

I hope we give his family the space to grieve which he denied to others. The worst thing we can do is to lower ourselves to his despicable level.

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SF72764 says... March 20, 2014 at 3:47 p.m.

Got a laugh out of this quote from another news source: "Before founding the Westboro Church, Phelps was a disbarred lawyer who founded the Phelps Chartered law firm.

Because Phelps showed "little regard for the ethics in his profession," the Kansas Supreme Court disbarred him in 1979, according to the SPLC. "

Maybe someone will build a fountain shaped like a pecker to pee on his grave eternally.

I agree 23cal, I wouldn't lower myself to acknowledge his passing by picketing the services.

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Packman says... March 20, 2014 at 5:21 p.m.

@23Cal - Nice.

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LIVEFROMLONOKE says... March 20, 2014 at 8:11 p.m.

One thing about it, he had to know this day would come sometime. It seems he traded being crooked in one profession for being crooked in the most accountable one of all. He should have fought for his law license cuz answering to A judge would have been better than answering to THE JUDGE for all the lying and deception he did in HIS house. There are things we should hate, but people needing The Lord has never been one of them. And that pretty much puts us all in the same boat. I also agree that protesting at his funeral would be participating in his evil

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GCW says... March 21, 2014 at 6:30 a.m.

He probably did more to raise gay rights sympathy than anybody because he was offensive to just about everybody.

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