Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church Patriarch

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Today, the Supreme Court hears what may be the most controversial case this term: Albert Snyder vs. Westboro Baptist Church. Snyder took members of the Westboro group to court after protesting outside the 2006 funeral of his son, Lance Corporal Mathew Snyder, who was killed in Iraq.

The pastor of Westboro is Fred Phelps, who has for years proudly traveled around the country protesting outside of funerals as a part of his virulent crusade against homosexuality. But long before this Supreme Court case, Phelps had risen to national notoriety. His antics date back more than half a century.

We talk with Mark Potok, a director at the Southern Poverty Law Center, about Phelps' interesting and multi-faceted background, which includes running for political office, filing some 400 lawsuits as an attorney, having 13 children with his wife, and opening and running Westboro Baptist Church.

Comments [6]

butch cole from indianapolis

Contact the westboro baptists and have them do some more public protests. I really do enjoy watching these idiots make fools of themselves. haven't heard much from them lately. Have they given up and realized they were wrong? If they don't respond we'll know that means they are embaressed about making fools of themselves.

Aug. 11 2011 11:05 AM
tracy from california

this whole religion is bs!!!!!!!! the bible says dont judge others for they will one day be in front of our great king and be judged by him. and all these religion does is judge!!!!!!!

Oct. 26 2010 04:59 PM
Kirsten from NC

I am going to make a difference..

Oct. 06 2010 09:46 PM

I am going to make a difference..

Oct. 06 2010 09:46 PM
Richard Keefe from New Market

When you reach Mr. Potok, be sure to ask him why NOT ONE of the Southern Poverty Law Center's top ten, highest paid executives is a minority?

According to the SPLC's hometown newspaper, the Montgomery Advertiser, despite being located LITERALLY in the back yard of Dr. Martin Luther King's home church, the SPLC has NEVER hired a person of color to a highly paid position of power.

Seems a bit odd for a group billing itself as "America's premier civil rights organization."

Oct. 06 2010 02:28 PM
H.C. McMillan from NJ

Fred Phelps and the WBC are no different than Osama Bin Laden and the Islamic Extremist. Phelps preaches that God hates and the Islamic Extremist preach that Allah hates......I don't know about Allah, but I do know that GOD is love, PERIOD....for everyone. GOD even loves idiots like Fred and his brother Osama, and their pathetic followers.

Oct. 06 2010 02:15 PM

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