Profile: Westboro Baptist Church (Fred Phelps Sr)

Founded:  In 1955, in Topeka Kansas

Current Organization:   Led by Fred Phelps, Sr. with approximately 50 attendees Sunday Morning. A large part of his congregation is apparently related to him.

Description:  Westboro Baptist Church is a small, conservative church that leans heavily towards Calvinism. It would be just considered a normal part of the Topeka neighborhood, were it not for the presence of Rev. Fred Phelps. Phelps' notoriety did not begin until the early 1990's when he staged his first public anti-gay demonstration. Due to the overt hostility he expresses (bearing slogans such as "God Hates Fags" and "No Fags in Heaven") Phelps has achieved a level of infamy seldom seen by Baptist churches.

Official Website:  www.godhatesfags.com

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Links: The Anti-Defamation Leagues statement on Phelps

 

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