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This is our archive of news items tagged Westboro Baptist Church.

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Friday March 21, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
There has been some speculation that the death of hate preacher Fred Phelps will spell the end of the hate group he founded.

That may be a case of wishful thinking, especially when you take into account that Phelps was excommunicated from the church after a power-struggle in August, 2013.

Also inside: A Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist monk, a Hindu and a Taoist priest get together — and its not a joke.

Plus: help make an anti-Scientology cult conference possible; and more…

Monday March 17, 2014
Religion News Briefs:
Jailed FLDS cult leader Warren Jeffs is hospitalized. A mother convicted together with her husband for the faith healing death of their young son starts her prison sentence.

Also: Fred Phelps, the founder the Westboro Baptist Church is near death (and was reportedly excommunicated from the hate group).

Plus: Pilgrims are drawn to a glowing Virgin Mary statue . And more….

Monday February 25, 2013
Religion News Briefs:
Lauren Drain spent 7 years in the Wesboro Baptist Church. Her parents are still part of the hate group.

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the UK’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, resigns after being accused of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests.

And the Church of Scientology in Australia is in damage control — this time over claims that it held a woman hostage. .

Also: Irish exorcists. Plus the Ex-Scientology Kids website has a new look.

Wednesday January 30, 2013
Religion News Briefs:
A witchdoctor and four others were killed in an explosion allegedly caused when the sorcerer tried to behead a goblin for a customer.

Also: a feud between Biblical archeologists leads to a lawsuit. Plus: Mexican officials have broken up a bizarre cult called the “Defensores de Cristo” (“Defenders of Christ”).

The murderer of an Imam deemed to be a heretic has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

Plus more religion news briefs, including items about Scientology, Colonia Dignidad and the Roman Catholic Church.

Wednesday January 25, 2012
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
Westboro Baptist Church The Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group masquerading as a Christian church — has announced its next publicity seeking opportunity.

The hatemongers feel called to picket the funeral of Joe Paterno.

Thursday March 3, 2011
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
rabbid dog Members of one of the world’s most despicable hate group today won the legal right to continue their vile behavior under the cover of ‘free speech.’

The miscreants of the Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group masquerading as a Christian church — can continue to picket military funerals after the supreme court ruled in favour of their right to free speech.

Tuesday January 11, 2011
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
‘Angels’ are planning to shield mourners at the the funeral of a 9-year-old girl from the hategroup that calls itself the “Westboro Baptist Church.”

Monday November 15, 2010
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
Members of a Kansas ‘church’ that protests at military funerals may have found themselves in the wrong town Saturday.

Shortly after finishing their protest at the funeral of Army Sgt. Jason James McCluskey of McAlester, a half-dozen protesters from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., headed to their minivan, only to discover that its front and rear passenger-side tires had been slashed.

To make matters worse, as their minivan slowly hobbled away on two flat tires, with a McAlester police car following behind, the protesters were unable to find anyone in town who would repair their vehicle, according to police.

Even before the protesters discovered their damaged tires, they faced off with a massive crowd of jeering and taunting counterprotesters.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether or not the hate group’s despicable behaviour is legal.

Sunday November 14, 2010
Hate GroupsReligious InsanityRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
The radical Westboro Baptist Church, famous both for their virulent homophobia and for picketing the funerals of U.S. soldiers, had indicated on their website they planned to rally outside a play in Old Strathcona, Canada on Saturday night.

The hate group — which masquerades as a Baptist Christian church, but is neither Baptist nor Christian –failed to show up. Instead, hundreds of gay rights supporters met outside the play, a production of The Laramie Project, to wave signs and speak out against the American church.

Tuesday October 19, 2010
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
The miscreants of the Westboro Baptist Church — a hate group masquerading as a Christian church — are as bad at interpreting the weather as they are at interpreting the Bible.

Thursday October 7, 2010
Hate GroupsRNB's Religion News BlogWestboro Baptist Church:
The Westboro Baptist Church is a hate group masquerading as a Christian church. Theologically, the hate group’s extremist views and despicable behavior mark it as a cult of Christianity.

Led by Fred Phelps, members of this ‘church’ — who have deluded themselves into thinking that they are followers of Jesus Christ — target homosexuals and others with messages of hate.



The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether or not this group’s particular brand of religious insanity should be allowed as ‘free speech.’

Hate GroupsReligious InsanityWestboro Baptist Church:
Westboro Baptist Church The US Supreme Court weighed whether the Westboro Baptist Church — anti-gay religious group that pickets military funerals with signs that read “Thank God for dead soldiers” — is exercising its right to free speech or invading a grieving family’s privacy.

The Supreme Court seemed to have trouble putting aside the ugliness of the message to focus on the rights of the messenger Wednesday, as justices tried to balance free speech against the privacy owed a grieving family burying a son.

Friday September 10, 2010
Hate GroupsIslamRNB's Religion News Blog:
Pastor Terry Jones may have ‘suspended’ plans to burn copies of the Quran at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., on 9/11, but the religious nuts of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, says they will.

The Westboro group, a religious cult, is a hate group that masquerades as a religion. Its followers are known for confusing their hate-filled speech and behavior.

While claiming to be Christians they demonstrate in word and in deed that they are not followers of Jesus Christ, but rather servants of the devil. .

Although the church burned a Quran in Washington in 2008, it did not get much media attention. On its web site Friday, the church called Pastor Jones in Gainesville a “false prophet … bullied by sissy, intolerant rebels worldwide into cancelling plans to burn that blasphemous idol called the Koran.”

Westboro also declared that it “will burn the Koran and the doomed American flag at 12:00 p.m. on September 11, 2010 at Westboro Baptist Church.”

You’ll notice we file all reports involving the Westboro Baptist Church under the header of ‘religious insanity.’

Tuesday August 17, 2010
Hate GroupsReligious InsanityWestboro Baptist Church:
rabbid dog Missouri’s tight restrictions on protests and picketing outside military funerals were tossed out by a federal judge Monday, over free speech concerns.

A small Kansas church had brought suit over its claimed right to loudly march outside the burials and memorial services of those killed in overseas conflicts. The state legislature had passed a law to keep members of the Topeka-based Westboro Baptist Church from demonstrating within 300 feet of such private services.

Monday May 31, 2010
Westboro Baptist Church:
Westboro Baptist Church Forty-eight states and the District of Columbia are backing the family of fallen Marine Matthew Snyder in a pending U.S. Supreme Court case that could decide the constitutionality of laws restricting protests at private family funerals.

The respondent, Phelps, has staged loud protests with members of his Westboro Baptist Church at military funerals around the country. He argues his signs, bearing messages such as “You’re in hell” and “God hates you,” are protected forms of speech.

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