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Why The Westboro Baptist Church Is Skipping 9-Year-Old’s Funeral

Not because Arizona legislators passed an emergency law barring protesters from coming within 300 feet of a funeral, but because 102.1 The Edge in Toronto and KXXT-AM in Phoenix have agreed to give Shirley Phelps-Roper’s clan some airtime on Saturday. Huzzah for negotiating with fundamentalists!

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  • Comixbear

    Yes, she is getting some airtime. We are pushing her out in the middle of a field and letting her get some fresh air. Maybe that will stimulate her one brain cell.

  • Obama DID say DADT would happen on his watch... (John From England)

    Er because Fred isn’t that stupid and was a trained lawyer.

    Hello? Pick your battles.

  • Cam

    I would be facinated to find out how this church earns it’s money, since it’s members are all family, are they receiving donations from any organizations?

  • Hector

    I also have to wonder if this doesn’t have to do with Arizona’s concealed carry law. I could easily see a mob flash down there waiting to happen.

  • the crustybastard


    Reverend Fred Phelps: lawyer and Baptist minister; head of the Westboro Baptist Church; 64 years old. Disbarred.

    Marge Phelps: wife of Fred; mother of his 13 children; 68 years old. WBC member.

    1. Fred Phelps, Jr.: lawyer and employee at the Kansas Department of Corrections; 40 years old. Oldest son. WBC member.

    Betty Phelps (Schurle): wife of Fred, Jr.; lawyer and owner-operator of a day-care home; 41 years old. WBC member.

    2. ***Mark Phelps: businessman in Southern California; estranged from the family cult; 39 years old. 2nd son.

    Luava Phelps (Sundgren): wife of Mark; childhood sweetheart; 36 years old.

    3. ***Katherine Phelps: lawyer; suspended from the bar; living on welfare; 38 years-old; oldest daughter. Not in WBC.

    4. Margie Phelps: lawyer and employee of the Kansas Department of Corrections; 37 years old; 2nd daughter. WBC member.

    5. Shirley Phelps-Roper: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; 36 years old; 3rd daughter. WBC member.

    Brent Roper: husband of Shirley; lawyer and businessman in Topeka; 30 years old; WBC member.

    6. ***Nate Phelps: businessman in Southern California; estranged from family cult; 35 years old. 3rd son.

    7. Jonathon Phelps: lawyer; 4th son; 34 years old; WBC member. Paulette Phelps (Ossiander): wife of Jonathon; 33 years old; high school graduate; WBC member.

    8. Rebekah Phelps-Davis: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; 32 years old; 4th daughter; WBC member.

    Chris Davis: husband to Rebekah; 38 years old; raised from childhood in the WBC.

    9. Elizabeth Phelps: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; night house manager staff at Sheltered Living, Inc. Topeka; 31 years old; 5th daughter; WBC member. Former counsel for the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department.

    10. Timothy Phelps: lawyer and employee of the Shawnee County Department of Corrections; 30 years old; 5th son; WBC member.

    Lee Ann Phelps (Brown): wife of Timothy; lawyer and employee of Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department; 27 years old; WBC member.

    11.***Dorotha Bird (Phelps): lawyer practicing independently in Topeka; 6th daughter; not a WBC member; changed her last name to avoid family’s notoriety. 29 years old.

    12. Rachel Phelps: lawyer at Phelps Chartered; YMCA fitness instructor; 28 years old; 7th daughter; WBC member.

    13. Abigail Phelps: lawyer and employee at SRS-Youth and Adult Services, Juvenile Offender Program; 25 years old; 8th daughter; WBC member.


    Fred Wade Phelps: the Rev. Phelps’ father; he lived in Meridian, Mississippi. He was a railroad bull.

    Catherine Idalette Phelps (Johnson): the Rev. Phelps’ mother; she died when he was a small child.

    Martha Jean Capron (Phelps): the Rev. Phelps’ only sibling; a former missionary to Indonesia, she now lives in Pennsylvania; the brother and sister have not spoken for years.

    ***Denotes a Phelps child who has left the family cult.

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  • testington

    How does this church even exist? Honestly, don’t they all spend more time traveling around for their hate protests than…you know…actually being a church? Aside from all their stupid and hateful beliefs I really don’t understand how they function.

  • mundo

    Phelps supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic Party primary election. In his 1984 Senate race, Gore opposed a “gay bill of rights” and stated that homosexuality was not something that “society should affirm”. Phelps has stated that he supported Gore because of these earlier comments. According to Phelps, members of the Westboro Baptist Church helped run Gore’s 1988 campaign in Kansas. Phelps’ son, Fred Phelps Jr., hosted a Gore fundraiser at his home in Topeka and was a Gore delegate to the 1988 Democratic National Convention.

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