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March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps is dead. I don’t think “rest in peace” is the right term here. Maybe “don’t become a zombie”?

Fred Phelps is dead. I don’t think “rest in peace” is the right term here. Maybe “don’t become a zombie”?

12:22 // 5 months ago
March 16, 2014
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made.
Nathan Phelps • Writing on his Facebook page that his father, Fred Phelps, was excommunicated from his own Westboro Baptist Church last year, and is sitting in hospice care, close to death. The younger Phelps left the church long ago and has since changed his ways; it’s unclear whether (or why) his dad was let go. Either way, Nathan—and other family members who have left the church—isn’t allowed to see his father. “I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved,” he wrote. “And I’m bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.” source
16:12 // 5 months ago
April 18, 2011
Artist paints anti-gay church leader in compromising position with Satan
Well, this is awesome: The delightful Westboro Baptist Church, best known for protesting the funerals of soldiers and screaming “God Hates Fags" at anyone who will listen, just got a taste of its own medicine. The man pictured above is New York artist Scott LoBaido. LoBaido traveled to the church’s headquarters in Topeka, Kansas last weekend, set up shop across the street, and proceded to paint the above work of art. In case you can’t tell, it’s an image of WBC founder Fred Phelps, wearing nothing but a pair of purple underwear, lovingly embracing the Devil, as his daughter (the equally-charming Shirley Phelps-Roper) gazes on in anticipation. The police tried to stop LoBaido, but as his creation clearly qualifies as art, the anti-picketing laws afforded to the church didn’t apply. LoBaido is a traveling artist who paints patriotic imagery around the United States. He blasted Lady Gaga while making this masterpiece (which he plans to auction off for charity on eBay), earning him a police citation for violating anti-noise laws. We think it was well-worth it. source
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Well, this is awesome: The delightful Westboro Baptist Church, best known for protesting the funerals of soldiers and screaming “God Hates Fags" at anyone who will listen, just got a taste of its own medicine. The man pictured above is New York artist Scott LoBaido. LoBaido traveled to the church’s headquarters in Topeka, Kansas last weekend, set up shop across the street, and proceded to paint the above work of art. In case you can’t tell, it’s an image of WBC founder Fred Phelps, wearing nothing but a pair of purple underwear, lovingly embracing the Devil, as his daughter (the equally-charming Shirley Phelps-Roper) gazes on in anticipation. The police tried to stop LoBaido, but as his creation clearly qualifies as art, the anti-picketing laws afforded to the church didn’t apply. LoBaido is a traveling artist who paints patriotic imagery around the United States. He blasted Lady Gaga while making this masterpiece (which he plans to auction off for charity on eBay), earning him a police citation for violating anti-noise laws. We think it was well-worth it. source

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23:07 // 3 years ago
April 9, 2011
0:48 // 3 years ago
March 7, 2011

Fresh off her Supreme Court win, the lawyer for Westboro (and Fred Phelps’ daughter) was on Fox News Sunday explaining her church’s protests to Chris Wallace. (Part one is above. Part two is over here.) OK, so they won their case, but does anyone else find this booking decision to be questionable? By our quick research, she doesn’t show up on TV all that often … the only other YouTube news clip we can find of her is one from C-SPAN from October. Phelps deserves a free-speech outlet, yes, but should News Corp. be the ones to offer said outlet? (For what it’s worth, Chris Wallace is way ahead of us on this question. He says the First Amendment issues are too important to ignore. Agree?)

1:59 // 3 years ago
March 5, 2011

How does the Westboro Baptist Church stay tax-exempt?

  • what Despite their status as being particularly offensive and their strong advocacy of various political issues, the Westboro Baptist Church has managed to stay tax-exempt, despite their 501(c)(3)/nonprofit status preventing certain kinds of advocacy.
  • why They know the law really well – note that the church never advocates specifically against legislation, but against groups of people it doesn’t like. So while they may not fight Prop 8’s repeal, the Phelps family advocates against homosexuality in general. source

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15:50 // 3 years ago
March 2, 2011

Free speech wins: Supreme Court favors Westboro in funeral case

  • 8-1 the vote in favor of Westboro’s free speech rights source

» Sad, not surprising, but understandable: The fact of the matter is, while we would’ve loved to see Westboro blocked from picketing funerals as a political message, the First Amendment is pretty set in stone and, as much as we dislike the ramifications of this decision, it certainly was the right one. (By the way, the lone dissenter? Samuel Alito.)

10:31 // 3 years ago
January 20, 2011

Fred Phelps will give funerals a break, protest a movie

  • the man Kevin Smith, director and tireless New Jersey promoter, who’s taking his latest work to the Sundance Film Festival.
  • the film “Red State,” about three high-schoolers in middle America who run afoul of a fundamentalist priest with murderous intent.
  • the resultFred Phelps, real-life fundamentalist and head of the hateful Westboro Baptist Church, will picket Sundance. source
13:05 // 3 years ago
January 11, 2011

More on the constitutionality of anti-Fred Phelps legislation

spacecowboywhit said: Unless you could claim that Phelp’s protest falls under “fighting words”, which are not protected under the 1st amendement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fi…

» We say: Agreed. If the SCOTUS decides against Phelps, it will probably be on this line of thought. The Phelps folks know the law (one of the members of the Phelps family is a lawyer who argued the military funeral case in front of the Supreme Court) and have tailored their message around it. Even so, our feeling is that the Supreme Court will likely decide against them. It’s still at least somewhat questionable that Arizona is jumping in front of this, though, and we fully expect another Westboro lawsuit here.

21:14 // 3 years ago

On the constitutionality of anti-Fred Phelps legislation

idroolinmysleep said: As despicable as the Phelps clan is, doesn’t this legislation set a bad 1st amendment precedent?

» We say: It probably does (and that admittedly is our big hang-up with it), but this does seem like a “act now, ask questions later” type of situation. (Note how we used “act now” instead of the usual term.) That said, we bet that the Supreme Court will clarify this when they decide on the military funerals decision. If anything, their eventual decision may be broader in the wake of the Giffords shooting.

20:48 // 3 years ago