July 28, 2016 |
Four anti-gay advocates from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., engaged Tuesday in a heated exchange and brief verbal altercation with LGBT supporters forming what they called a "Great Wall of Love" to protect transgender patients entering and leaving the Mazzoni Center at 809 Locust Street. The Westboro quartet was singing and dancing to Christian music and preaching their beliefs when a couple of LGBT supporters among the large crowd apparently took exception. Police quickly formed a bicycle barricade and fenced off the Westboro group.
October 22, 2015 |
The night before Megan and Grace Phelps-Roper left the church that had meant everything to them, relative after relative streamed into their rooms, crying. Megan Phelps-Roper was trying to pack when a beloved cousin walked in, stone-faced, and told her she was going to hell. The Kansas sisters, in their 20s, wondered if they had made the right decision, if they were even sane. But after four months of questioning the Westboro Baptist Church - the provocative religious community known for staging antigay demonstrations at military funerals and other sites - they knew the only way to go was out. The sisters, granddaughters of the church's founder, spoke Tuesday morning at the Anti-Defamation League's ninth annual Youth Leadership Conference held at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
March 28, 2013 |
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.
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.
March 15, 2011 |
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.
March 14, 2011 |
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.
March 12, 2011 |
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.
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)
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.