Labelling the late poet a ‘f*g pimp’, anti-gay group Westboro tweet appealing for information about Angelou’s funeral so they can plan a picket.
Zach Phelps-Roper, 23, left the antigay church in February and is now preaching a message of unconditional love and empathy.
Estranged son Nate Phelps hopes that ‘every mention of his (father’s) name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities’.
Ed Farrell, Vice Mayor of the Arizona town of Maricopa, is probably wishing that he hadn’t logged onto Facebook on Monday. The official was criticized for posting an obituary of Fred Phelps, the founder of the intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, …
Fred Phelps and company set out to make the world hate LGBT people but achieved the opposite.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups across the country, says it’s entirely possible that Westboro Baptist Church will fizzle out after the death of Fred Phelps.
The founder of the ‘God Hates Fags’ church is dead, and now several experts believe the far-right group will soon fizzle out after the death of its leader.
One of Fred Phelps’s estranged sons confirmed to media that the patriarch of the Westboro Baptist Church died in hospice care Wednesday night.
Nathan Phelps, the exiled son of hatemonger Fred Phelps, says the 84-year-old founder of the Westboro Baptist Church is near death in a Kansas hospice. […]
Annoying the WBC compound across the street, Planting Peace’s Equality House held a fundraiser for their anti-bullying and human rights advocacy programs.
A small protest by the vehemently homophobic Westboro Baptist Church was scuppered yesterday, after it triggered a huge pro-LGBT counter-demonstration in the town of Bozeman, Montana.
It all started with a 6-year-old girl who wanted to take a stand against the Westboro Baptist Church and promote peace. Now, it is a national event.
By now, everyone’s just about had it with the Westboro Baptist Church, a group whose members use national tragedies as opportunities to forward anti-gay hate speech. Ironically, their planned protests often bring communities together in opposition to their message. Now, an unlikely group has mounted a gay offensive against the WBC. On Sunday, July 14, the Satanic Temple, a New York-based organization that seeks to foster “benevolence and empathy among all people” through Satan, performed a ritual called a “pink mass” at the Mississippi gravesite of Catherine Idalette Johnston, mother of WBC founder Fred Phelps Jr.
The aim? To “turn” the WBC founder’s mom gay for all eternity.
"Upon completion of the pink mass ceremony, Catherine Johnston is now gay in the afterlife," notes the Satanic Temple website, which has the cheeky URL www.westboro-baptist.com. “Fred Phelps is obligated to believe that his mother is now gay … [and] if beliefs are inviolable rights, nobody has the right to challenge our right to believe that Fred Phelps believes that his mother is now gay.”
The latter assertion appears to be a play on the WBC’s own stance that their beliefs are totally infallible. The Pink Mass was performed twice — once with two gay men, and once with two lesbians — in an affirmation of the Satanist Temple’s belief in “freedom and the pursuit of happiness for all people.” The temple is now encouraging same-sex couples to visit the grave and perform their own pink masses.
Vice reports that the idea for the pink mass came about in April, after the WBC threatened to protest the funerals of the Boston Marathon bombing victims. The website compared the the pink mass to “the Mormon practice of baptizing the dead, only much gayer.” In an email to The Huffington Post, Greaves indicated that the ritual could be an effective counter-protest.
"We intend to perform the pink mass for both Fred Phelps’s father and great-aunt who raised him after his mother’s death, but only in reply to their future pickets. The pink mass could be used to protest other anti-gay hysterics, but it is particularly appropriate when applied to Westboro," Greaves wrote.
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University of Central Florida students plan to protest the Westboro Baptist Church’s upcoming visit to the college later this month, according to KnightNews.com. The controversial religious group plans to visit UCF on July 15 to, it says, to “remind this generation that they have so enraged the Lord their God that their destruction is imminent!”