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March 21, 2009 | By EMILY GUENDELSBERGER guendee@phillynews.com Daily News wire services contributed to this report
THOSE CHARMERS from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., better known as those people parading around with "God Hates Fags" signs, are at it again: The group says it will picket the funeral of Natasha Richardson, the Tony-winning actress and wife of Liam Neeson who died after a skiing accident Wednesday at the age of 45. With the same verve, bizarre capitalization and disconnect with reality typical of its news releases, WBC announced: ...
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July 26, 2013
THE OWNER of a Mississippi cemetery where Satanists allegedly desecrated the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church's founder said he has filed formal charges and expects police to arrest the officiating dark priest. "There is a warrant for the arrest for the leader of that group that has been issued," William Arlinghaus, owner of the Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian, Miss., told WTOK-TV. Lucian Greaves, the founder of New York's Satanic Temple, officiated two "Pink Masses" July 14 over the grave of pastor Fred Phelps' mother, Catherine Idalette Johnson.
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October 7, 2010 | By Michael Doyle, McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON - Supreme Court justices seemed troubled and divided Wednesday as they questioned whether a small Kansas church could be punished for mounting a protest that many found contemptible outside a military funeral. The high court did not clearly tip its hand during the hour-long oral arguments in the case pitting the Westboro Baptist Church against a grieving Pennsylvania father. Several justices did, however, hint that the 2006 funeral protest was lawful even if it was obnoxious.
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March 12, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The village of Blain is still coming to grips with a tragedy of almost unimaginable proportions: seven children dying in a Tuesday night fire that consumed a family's farmhouse. Now, the rural community west of here faces the prospect of a band of religious fundamentalists picketing the children's funeral. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose protests at a Marine's funeral were the subject of a recent Supreme Court decision, says it will protest at the funeral service Tuesday.
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March 7, 2011
AT LEAST ONE organization in this polarized country has the power to unite Americans across the political spectrum: Everyone is disgusted by the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. (although, as Jon Stewart put it, "The Westboro Baptist Church is no more a church than Church's Fried Chicken is a church. ") When was the last time the current U.S. Supreme Court decided anything by an 8-1 vote? Only one justice, Samuel Alito, dissented from the court's ruling last week that the Constitution protects the right of Fred Phelps and the 70 other members of his church to wave hateful signs attacking America because it tolerates homosexuality.
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October 5, 2006 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Members of a radical Baptist church based in Kansas yesterday dropped their plan to picket at the funerals of five Amish girls slain Monday in Lancaster County. Westboro Baptist Church said it had planned to appear at the Amish services to protest Gov. Rendell's signing of legislation this summer restricting its picketing at funerals of American soldiers, and for what it said were "blasphemous" comments he made about the group. Church leaders, in a statement, announced that they had dropped those plans and instead would appear on a nationally syndicated radio talk show.
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December 7, 2002 | By Oliver Prichard INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A church group from Kansas known for its crude antigay diatribes arrived yesterday to little fanfare in the Lehigh Valley, where its first protest was met by more police officers than counterdemonstrators. Earlier, more than 100 Lehigh University students had gathered on the Bethlehem campus to demonstrate against the Westboro Baptist Church, but an airline cancellation had caused the Topeka group to miss the scheduled protest there. The group then arrived at 4:30 p.m. for a protest aimed at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, where nine members picketed along a nearby street carrying signs bearing slogans such as "God Hates Fags," "Thank God for Sept.
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March 28, 2013 | By Carol Morello, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - A Baptist congregation that supports same-sex marriage positioned itself next to a Baptist congregation that vehemently opposes it. A faith group that opposes gay unions held a giant banner next to a married lesbian couple with a hand-lettered sign quoting Matthew. A gay man wearing his Army uniform passed out leaflets near a cross-dresser in sequins and tulle gyrating to Cher. Whatever their garb and their stance, most said they were there because they believe in family.
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December 3, 2009 | By James Osborne INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Scheduled protests in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill next week by the Westboro Baptist Church, a virulently anti-gay and anti-Semitic church based in Kansas, have presented local groups and residents with a quandary. Do they challenge the pickets or simply ignore them? "This is a small fringe group, and while we don't want to underestimate them, we don't want to give them more credit than they're due," Rabbi Steve Wernick, chief executive officer of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, said yesterday.
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January 30, 1999 | By Murray Dubin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The uninvited guest isn't coming, but the party is going on anyway. The gay and lesbian community will celebrate, demonstrate and orate as well as sing, pray, raise money and show the latest fashions today in an event planned originally as a response to the visit of the Rev. Fred W. Phelps, the virulently anti-gay preacher from Topeka, Kan. In October, Mr. Phelps picketed at the funeral of Matthew Shepard, the gay 21-year-old University of...
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July 26, 2013
THE OWNER of a Mississippi cemetery where Satanists allegedly desecrated the grave of the mother of Westboro Baptist Church's founder said he has filed formal charges and expects police to arrest the officiating dark priest. "There is a warrant for the arrest for the leader of that group that has been issued," William Arlinghaus, owner of the Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian, Miss., told WTOK-TV. Lucian Greaves, the founder of New York's Satanic Temple, officiated two "Pink Masses" July 14 over the grave of pastor Fred Phelps' mother, Catherine Idalette Johnson.
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March 28, 2013 | By Carol Morello, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - A Baptist congregation that supports same-sex marriage positioned itself next to a Baptist congregation that vehemently opposes it. A faith group that opposes gay unions held a giant banner next to a married lesbian couple with a hand-lettered sign quoting Matthew. A gay man wearing his Army uniform passed out leaflets near a cross-dresser in sequins and tulle gyrating to Cher. Whatever their garb and their stance, most said they were there because they believe in family.
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February 10, 2012
Democrats pitch 6-week benefit cut WASHINGTON - House-Senate negotiations on extending jobless benefits and a 2 percentage-point cut in the payroll tax - both of which expire at the end of February - remained stalled Thursday, despite a proposal in which Democrats urged a six-week cut in the maximum time unemployed workers can receive jobless benefits. Democrats rejected efforts by House conservatives to require beneficiaries to enroll in GED classes or permit states to require drug tests as conditions of getting unemployment benefits.
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March 15, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
They vowed to "rejoice in the just punishment of an angry God" at a protest outside the funeral for a slain Upper Merion family. But all that members of the Westboro Baptist Church managed to accomplish Monday was to draw nearly 50 community members ready to shield mourners of James, Susan, and Joseph McAndrew Sr. should any disturbance erupt. And in the end, church members never showed. The Kansas-based church - best known for staging antigay protests outside of military funerals - had announced plans last week to picket services for the McAndrew family, found fatally stabbed March 5 inside their Gulph Mills home.
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March 14, 2011 | By Jeremy Roebuck, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Despite vows to "rejoice in the just punishment of an angry God," members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church were a no-show this morning at funerals for an Upper Merion family killed earlier this month. The Kansas-based church ? which has made a name for itself surrounding military funerals with antigay placards and signs that say "God Hates America" ? announced it would picket outside services for James, Susan and Joseph McAndrew Sr., who were found fatally stabbed in their home March 5. James McAndrew's twin brother Joseph Jr. has been charged with their murders.
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March 12, 2011 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The village of Blain is still coming to grips with a tragedy of almost unimaginable proportions: seven children dying in a Tuesday night fire that consumed a family's farmhouse. Now, the rural community west of here faces the prospect of a band of religious fundamentalists picketing the children's funeral. The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose protests at a Marine's funeral were the subject of a recent Supreme Court decision, says it will protest at the funeral service Tuesday.
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March 8, 2011
Wrong to suggest attack on Drew Just what Philadelphia needs: a sportswriter urging fans to "Get your D-cells ready" the next time J.D. Drew and the Red Sox come to town ("Show your love for J.D. Drew, Philly," Saturday). Does The Inquirer not edit stories anymore? This may seem funny to T.J. Furman, but given that Drew could have been seriously injured by the cowardly thugs who threw batteries at him a dozen years ago - and that the city's reputation took a serious hit from that action - there's nothing funny about it. If people want to boo Drew for not signing with the Phillies, fine (even though as far as I know he has never publicly criticized the team, fans, or city)
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March 7, 2011
The Supreme Court correctly stood up for free speech in a decision that few feel good about. The justices ruled that the First Amendment allows members of a fringe church to hold cruel, hate-filled protests at military funerals. The 8-1 decision went against a York County, Pa., man who sued the church for disgracing his son's funeral. Freedom of speech is one of the bedrock principles of this nation. It gives us the right to say that we think the actions of the tiny Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan., are reprehensible, evil, sickening, and heartless.
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March 7, 2011
AT LEAST ONE organization in this polarized country has the power to unite Americans across the political spectrum: Everyone is disgusted by the actions of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. (although, as Jon Stewart put it, "The Westboro Baptist Church is no more a church than Church's Fried Chicken is a church. ") When was the last time the current U.S. Supreme Court decided anything by an 8-1 vote? Only one justice, Samuel Alito, dissented from the court's ruling last week that the Constitution protects the right of Fred Phelps and the 70 other members of his church to wave hateful signs attacking America because it tolerates homosexuality.
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March 6, 2011 | By Monica Yant Kinney, Inquirer Columnist
And now let us pause to thank hateful, hurtful, homophobic Westboro Baptist Church. Only in the land of the free can vituperative, flag-dragging crazies claim both Bill O'Reilly and Michael Moore as critics while reminding the rest of us we're lucky to be Americans. Westboro - less church than family freak show - has protested at Holocaust museums, condemned Mr. Rogers, picketed Michael Jackson's funeral, and thanked God for 9/11 and the hurling of "3,000 vile Americans into Hell.
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