Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him. (Lev 19:17)
Phelps get law degree from Washburn
Fred Phelps Graduates from high school at
University and founds Phelps Chartered
the age of 16 and enters West Point Military
law firm taking on mostly civil rights
Academy – But instead decides to become a
cases. “I systematically brought down
preacher after attending a Methodist revival.
Marries Margie M Simms
the Jim Crow Laws of this town”
Phelps enrols at Bob Jones University, and then
First service held at the
drops out. Then attends Prairie Bible Institute
Westboro Baptist Church
and John Muir College where he was profiled for preaching against “…sins committed on campus by students and teachers, promiscuous petting, evil language, profanity, cheating, teachers’ filthy jokes in the classroom and pandering to lusts of the flesh.”
1974 Phelps files a $50-million class action law suit against Sears after a local outlet is several days late in delivering a television set. Litigation continues for six years and is eventually settled with Sears paying Phelps $126, about $60 less than Phelps’ son originally paid for the TV. Which they never received.
1986 Phelps receives a civil rights award from the Greater Kansas chapter of Blacks In Government.
Until the mid-70’s the Phelps’s income reportedly
Phelps is disbarred in Kansas after suing and
Fred Phelps receives and award from the
came from their children selling candy door to
harassing a court reporter who was late with a
Bonner Springs branch of the NAACP for his
door, the church was later sued by two companies
document, He continued to practice in Federal
“Steely determination for justice during his
for failure to pay for the candy that they resold
courts until 1989, when he agrees not to after
tenure as a civil rights attorney”
disciplinary complaints from 9 Federal Judges.
1991 Westboro Baptist Church begins anti-gay picketing of a part in Topeka, where gays reportedly met.
WBC gain worldwide attention for picketing the
The Church begins the picketing of AIDS victimâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
funeral of Matthew Shepard. They also picket
funerals prompting a Kansas City law against
Jerry Falwell after he makes a conciliatory
picketing near funerals
gesture toward a gay former aide.
Fred Phelps runs for US Senate in Kansas
www.godhatesfags.com is launched
getting 30.8% of the vote in the democratic primary.
2012 In a 8-1 ruling the SCOTUS upholds the appeals court’s ruling in favour of the WBC
Shirley Phelps-Roper tweets that the church will picket the Sandy Hook Funerals
At least 5 petitions have been created against the
WBC protest the funeral of US Marine
Judgement is overturned by and
WBC and have passed the 25,000 signature threshold
Matthew Snyder who was killed in
appeals court and it is ruled that Snyder
required to elicit a response from the White House,
Iraq which led to a lengthy legal
would have to pay $16,000 towards
including recognizing them as a “Hate Group” and
Phelps’ legal costs.
questioning their tax exempt status.
WBC start picketing soldier’s funerals
Jury awards Snyder’s father claim that the
After a petition from Snyder, the
Fred Phelps Dies
because of Phelps’ belief that soldiers
WBC should pay emotional damages and his
Supreme Court agrees to hear the case
and army that included gays were
court costs as well as punitive damages for
complicit in sinful behaviour.
“Reprehensible actions” The Snyder family were awarded $2.9 million in compensatory damages plus $8 million in punitive damages.
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The Westboro Baptist Church are famed for their talent of putting bullshit slogans onto badly designed placards and slinging verses of fire and brimstone. Of course, this is not to invoke a reaction of anger because they are a bunch of damaged bigoted oxygen thieves. It’s to “warn” people of the impact their lifestyle will have on their soul because the big man upstairs only loves the Phelps clan and if you don’t listen to them he won’t be happy because you ignored his favourite people and you don’t get any sweets.
GOD HATS AMERICA
GOD HATES FIGS
YOU WILL EAT YOUR
FEAR GODS FURRY
WAGS EAT POOP
JAWS KILLED JESUS
Just some of the snappier lines of bullshit they tout on their signs*. The sentiments tend to be short and to the point and you can recognise the Westbro trademark style immediately. It must be admitted that they have done an amazing job of establishing their particular brand of dickheadishness and sticking to it. * With slight changes.
The founder of this particular crevice of cretins passed away this year. Pastor Fred Phelps [Dead Phelps if you will] was the churches’ bigoted mastermind. In the later years of his life his daughter and Worzel Gummidge impersonator Shirley PhelpsRoper has been the public face of the bunch of bastards. In an interview with Made Up news Shirley was quoted as saying “A Cup o’ Tea an’ God hates fags... Aunt Sally”
The WBC often parody popular songs like a xenophobic Weird Al Yankovic. Some of their hits include; “Satan’s Lair” (Scarborough Fair) “Dyke Wedding” (White Wedding) “No Poker Face” (Poker Face) As evidenced above these people are modern day Oscar Wildes… just without all the gay sex.
Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair to say at their root this troupe of twats are probably nice people who actually believe the shit they say, which is kind of tragic, really. And with the death of Fred Phelps a number of prominent news outlets and individuals have heralded him as the best thing to happen to the gay rights movement since Stonewall. Apparently the vile agenda he preached left right and centre can be posthumously justified in some way as it repulsed people the point they end up on the side of equality. But here is the thingâ&#x20AC;Ś
He might be Dead Phelps now but that changes precisely nothing that he did whilst he was alive. The pain of countless people and families that olâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Fred and his bag of bell ends hurt at their saddest and lowest moments still happened. The poisonous bigoted bile he pumped into the world still happened. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wish death on anyone but as the fucker has shuffled loose his mortal coil I hope if there is a hell heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there.
What a group complete
group of complete cunts.
When filmmaker Kevin Smith found out the haters of the Westboro Baptist Church were going to picket the screening of his movie ‘Red State’ (Containing a religious group based on the WBC but with more guns) he put out a press release, a sort of call to arms inviting his fans to counter protest. “All are welcome. Wear YOUR dopey sentiments nobody gives a shit about on a sign of your own making, as you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the folks who’ve mastered the art of writing utter horseshit on cardboard! BYOS (Bring Your Own Sign)” And now after everything that has been presented to you I invite you to do the same with the kit provided.
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