Fred Waldron Phelps

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Fred Waldron Phelps

Birthplace: Meridian, MS, USA
Death: Died in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, United States
Cause of death: cognitive heart failure
Immediate Family:

Son of Fred Wade Phelps and Catherine Idalette Phelps
Husband of <private> Phelps (Simms)
Father of Nathan Phelps; Timothy Phelps; <private> Bird (Phelps); Rachel Hockenbarger; Abigail Phelps and 8 others
Brother of <private> Phelps

Occupation: Pastor and Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church
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About Fred Waldron Phelps

Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (born November 13, 1929) is an American pastor heading the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent Baptist church based in Topeka, Kansas. The church is monitored as a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center. Phelps is a disbarred lawyer, founder of the Phelps Chartered law firm, a past civil rights activist in Kansas, and a Democrat who has five times been a candidate for political office in Kansas Democratic Party primaries. He and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, are banned from entering the United Kingdom.

Phelps's followers frequently picket various events, especially military funerals, gay pride gatherings, high-profile political gatherings, performances of The Laramie Project, and even Christian gatherings and concerts with which he had no affiliation, arguing it is their sacred duty to warn others of God's anger. In response to Phelps' protests at military funerals, President George W. Bush signed the Respect for America's Fallen Heroes Act into law in May 2006, and, in April 2007, Kansas governor Kathleen Sebelius signed into law a bill establishing a 150-foot no-picketing buffer zone around funerals. He is known for the slogans that he and his ministry use against people he deems sinful; the church is built around a core of anti-homosexual theology, with many of their activities stemming from the slogan "God hates fags", which is also the name of the group's main website. Gay rights supporters have denounced him as a producer of anti-gay propaganda and violence-inspiring hate speech

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Fred Waldron Phelps's Timeline

November 13, 1929
Meridian, MS, USA
October 31, 1957
Age 27
Topeka, KS, USA
November 22, 1958
Age 29
March 19, 2014
Age 84
Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, United States