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The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., who founded a Kansas church that’s widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility, according to a church spokesman.
Demonstrators were in Columbia, Saturday, in response to athlete Michael Sam’s sexual orientation announcement.
As first reported by KMOX News earlier this week, the anti-gay protestors from Topeka, Kansas said they will make their presence felt in downtown this weekend.
The protestors contend that baseball fans are worshiping false idols by watching baseball when they should instead be worshiping God and mourning their sin.
The law is aimed at keeping away protesters such as those from Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kan.-based church that often protests at funerals for members of the military.
A federal appeals court has upheld a Missouri law banning protests within 300 feet of funerals but has struck down a broader law.
The deadline has passed for Westboro Baptist Church to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to take a look at a law limiting funeral protests in Manchester, Missouri.
The Creve Coeur City Council on Monday unanimously passed a measure banning picketing within 300 feet of a space where a funeral or burial service is taking place.
The Kirkwood City Council voted unanimously for the change Thursday, joining about a dozen other local governments in Missouri to support legal rights for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender people.