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Fred Phelps – Founder Of Westboro Baptist Church – Dies

The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr., who founded Westboro Baptist church, which is known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, has died according to his son Tim Phelps and Kansas First News.

Phelps, 84, was being cared for in a Kansas hospital, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain said Sunday.

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Vince Gill Confronts Members Of The Westboro Baptist Church [Video]

WARNING: Vince does use a little bit of bad language in this video, but I just had to share it. Apparently, members of the Westboro Baptist Church were picketing outside of the venue for Gill's performance in Kansas City, Missouri on Sunday night. Vince heard that they were there and wanted to have a little chat with them.

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Petition To Recognize Westboro Baptist Church As Hate Group Is White House’s Most Popular Ever

The Westboro Baptist Church is likely one of the most hated groups of people in America in recent years, but everything that they do, according to U.S. law is completely legal. Many steps have been made to stop the group from protesting at the funerals of soldiers, children, and even famous people. And now, there's a very popular petition in place that could silence them for good.

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West Michigan Residents Plan Human Shield Vs. Westboro Baptist Church At Marine’s Funeral

Officials with the Westboro Baptist Church have said that they plan to protest a Holland Marine's funeral on Saturday, August 11th.

In statements, they have claimed that the deaths of US soldiers are God's way of punishing the country for accepting homosexuality.

On Monday President Barack Obama signed a law requiring protesters be at least 300 feet from military funerals, two hours before and after the events. Violators could face fines and up to two years in prison.

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Governor Snyder Passes Bill Keeping Protesters Away From Michigan Funerals

I know we live in a land of free speech and the right to protest; but, so much has changed since that was accepted as a civil liberty in our Constitution over 100 years ago.  Respect and consideration for humankind has diminished quite a bit since then, wouldn't you say?

I seriously wonder if our forefathers would have agreed that it was a protected freedom to protest at a funeral where people have lost a loved one

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Westboro Baptist Church To Protest At Betty Ford’s Funeral In Grand Rapids

Okay so I just heard, that that Westboro Baptist Church group that protests at soldiers funerals all over the country, will be coming to Grand Rapids to protest at Betty Ford's funeral. At first it made me cry, for Betty.  But then I thought, these people masquerade under the guise of religion and call themselves Christians.  People can call themselves anything they want but LOOK AT THE BEHAVIOR!  Consistent behavior will reveal everything.  Well, those people are coming to a real, true, honest to goodness city, that has more churches per capita, than anywhere else. 

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Supreme Court Rules They CAN Still Protest At Military Funerals

It may be legal but it's still wrong.  Those people and that church, you know the one, the one that protests outside military funerals.  Well, the Supreme Court has upheld the ruling allowing them to continue to do so under the 1st Amendment. 

Yes we should have freedom of speech, it is a God given right.  But these people, in my

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Westboro Baptist Church demonstration in DC Oct. 6 2010
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Westboro Baptist Plans to Picket 9-Year-Old’s Funeral

Nine year old Christina Green was shot to death last Saturday at the Giffords assassination attempt.
Members of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas - known for protesting at the funerals of soldiers and victims of diseases and tragedies that they believe are God's wrath - plan to travel over 1,000 miles just to rub it in.

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