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Westboro Baptist Church

Mar 20, 2014 — He led a tiny congregation in Topeka, Kan., that drew national attention for its protests at funerals of soldiers and celebrities. Phelps wanted to spread his views about homosexuality and abortion.
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Mar 17, 2014 — The church's controversial founder, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., is "on the edge of death," his son says. The pastor's death, he adds, would bring a crisis to his followers, who see death as God's judgment.
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Mar 16, 2014 — Fred Phelps is in hospice care and has been excommunicated from the church he founded in Topeka, his son Nathan wrote in a statement he posted to Facebook on Saturday night.
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Oct 29, 2013 — Nearly a year after breaking with the Westboro Baptist Church, two of Pastor Fred Phelps' granddaughters are enjoying a new freedom. But as they tell a Canadian newspaper, they also want to extend empathy to those they hurt in the name of a cause championed by the man they call "Gramps."
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Mar 19, 2013 — Aaron Jackson bought the house specifically to counter what he said is the church's message of hate. "Instead of millions of children around the world getting this hate message, they're going to see this message of compassion and love," Jackson said.
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May 24, 2012 — Josef Miles is a hero to many for his simple statement. He says he just doesn't like seeing Westboro Baptist's controversial signs protesting homosexuality, abortion and other issues.
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May 16, 2012 — Patty Akrouche says she's "never been prouder" of her 9-year-old son, Josef Miles, than she was this past weekend. He quietly rebutted the infamous group's anti-homosexual protest.
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Mar 2, 2011 — The First Amendment protects the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to hold anti-gay protests outside military funerals, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The 8-1 ruling backs an appeals court decision to throw out a $5 million victory for Albert Snyder, who sued the fundamentalist church after its members picketed his son's funeral.
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Jan 12, 2011 — But the tiny church that stages protests outside funerals of soldiers and others to spread its anti-abortion message is going ahead with plans to be outside Friday's funeral of federal Judge John Roll, another of the six people killed on Saturday.
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Jan 11, 2011 — Volunteers will wear "8- by 10-foot 'angel wings' ... to shield mourners from pickets," and local lawmakers are preparing legislation to keep anti-abortion protesters away from the services.
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