Church founder dies, known for protests at military funerals

FILE - In this March 19, 2006 file pazhoto, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps, who founded a Kansas church that’s widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility according to Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this March 19, 2006 file pazhoto, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. preaches at his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. Phelps, who founded a Kansas church that’s widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments, is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility according to Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

KANSAS CITY, Ks. (WDTN) – The founder of a Kansas church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay statements, has died.

Kansas First News is reporting that The Reverend Fred Phelps, Sr., 84 died.

Members of his Westboro Baptist church, a congregation made up mostly of extended family members, would frequent military funerals claiming their deaths were punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

Phelps’ son, Tim, confirmed his father’s death. He said his father was being cared for a health care facility.

Visit kansasfirstnews.com for more on this developing story.

 

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