Westboro Baptist Church http://kmuw.org en Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At Age 84 http://kmuw.org/post/westboro-baptist-church-founder-fred-phelps-dies-age-84 <p>The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Topeka church who drew international condemnation for &nbsp;hate-filled protests 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.</p><p>Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:40:53 +0000 Hugo Phan, Kate Clause & Associated Press 31763 at http://kmuw.org Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At Age 84 Kansas Equality Groups Ask for Respect for Phelps Family http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-equality-groups-ask-respect-phelps-family <p>Family members of 84-year-old Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps have confirmed that he's in hospice care in Topeka and may be near death.</p><p>The group is known for funeral protests that have created a lot of anger, but equality groups are asking for a different response to Phelp's condition.</p><p></p><p>Stephanie Mott is with the Kansas Statewide Transgender Education Project, or K-STEP. She's a transgender woman. She has traveled the nation giving presentations on LGBT issues and often hears the same question over and over.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:50:25 +0000 Stephen Koranda 31645 at http://kmuw.org UPDATE: Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At 84 http://kmuw.org/post/update-westboro-baptist-church-founder-fred-phelps-dies-84 <p><em><strong>Updated on March 20 at 11:24 CT:</strong> <a href="http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/Family-Member-Confirms-Fred-Phelps-Has-Died-251212461.html">WIBW</a> and the <a href="http://cjonline.com/news/2014-03-20/shirley-phelps-roper-wbc-founder-fred-phelps-dead">Topeka Capital-Journal</a> has confirmed that Fred Phelps, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84.</em></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:30:41 +0000 Stephen Koranda 31592 at http://kmuw.org Fred Phelps' Granddaughters Leave Westboro Baptist Church, Apologize For Hurting Others http://kmuw.org/post/fred-phelps-granddaughters-leave-westboro-baptist-church-apologize-hurting-others <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Megan Phelps-Roper and her sister, Grace Phelps-Roper--granddaughters of Fred Phelps--</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">have left the </span>Westboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Baptist Church and are apologizing for their past behavior.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:49:05 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 12374 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 12.20.12 http://kmuw.org/post/top-morning-news-122012 <p><em>&nbsp;First winter storm hits Kansas, closing schools and highways; A Topeka City Councilman issues an apology for church's actions; Brownback urges moment of silence on Friday.</em></p><p><strong>First Winter Storm Brings High Winds, Closes Highways</strong></p><p>The first major winter storm swept in from Colorado late Wednesday, closing schools and highways.</p><p><a href="http://kmuw.org/post/first-winter-storm-brings-high-winds-closes-highways">More...</a></p><p><strong>Topeka City Councilman Issues Apology To Newtown</strong></p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:33:21 +0000 Briana O’Higgins 10149 at http://kmuw.org Top Morning News 12.20.12