August 29, 2014
SBC Denounces Westboro's Unholy War
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Baptist leader outraged at Westboro protest
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (BP)--A prominent Southern Baptist leader in West Virginia says he is "outraged" that the infamous Westboro Baptist Church picketed a state mine following a well-publicized tragedy and he wants to get the word out that the congregation is not Southern Baptist.
'Hate-filled' Westboro not Southern Baptist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--An independent Baptist church famous for its hate-filled protests is back in the news, and one Southern Baptist leader wants to make clear to the public that the church has no affiliation with the Southern Baptist Convention.
High court accepts funeral protest case
'God loves you, Reno,' billboard says
RENO, Nev. (BP)--A Southern Baptist church plant in Reno, Nev., has come up with a plan to counter the hateful messages touted by frequent protestor Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church group: Rent space on a billboard to proclaim God's love for the people of Reno.
Fred Phelps' verbal terrorism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Like almost all Americans I am a firm believer in our cherished, constitutionally protected freedom of speech. However, the courts have always recognized that there are limits to freedom of speech, since no freedom is absolute.       Fred Phelps and his fanatical band have been practicing verbal terrorism directed at the grieving families of our brave soldiers.
Federal judge protects Mo. ban on funeral protests
WASHINGTON (BP)--A federal judge has turned back an effort by a controversial Kansas church to block enforcement of a Missouri law barring protests at funerals.
Congress passes bill banning protests near military funerals; Bush signing next step
WASHINGTON (BP)--A measure specifically targeting protesters from a Kansas church has been approved by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives in order to prohibit protests at military funerals at all 122 national cemeteries.
Love homosexuals as Jesus would, ex-gays urge at conference
LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BP)--Chad Thompson began by telling his story.
SBC president, chaplains denounce military funeral protests
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Twisted message
Members of Westboro Baptist Church from Topeka, Kan., picket a military funeral in McKenzie, Tenn., in late July. Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch has denounced the pickets, calling them "hate-filled" and saying they show "an ignorant and uncaring disregard" for the families. Westboro is an independent church and is not affiliated with the SBC. Photo by Morris Abernathy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Fred Phelps, the Topeka, Kan., pastor who has been protesting at the funerals of U.S. troops slain in Iraq, engages in “hate-filled activities” and is not a Southern Baptist, SBC President Bobby Welch said Aug. 29 in a statement.
      Phelps and his followers from Westboro Baptist Church -- notorious for their “God hates fags” posters -- have staged protests at soldiers’ funerals in several states. The group reasons that roadside bombs killing American troops in Iraq are God’s retribution against America for a small bomb that caused approximately $1,800 damage outside the Topeka home of one of Phelps’ daughters in 1995. The group also emphasizes that it opposes the U.S. military for allowing homosexuals to serve. The military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy prevents homosexuals from serving openly but also prohibits the military from asking soldiers about their sexual preference.
Night & day: The difference between Southern Baptists & Fred Phelps
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Kansas pastor Terry Fox was in the backseat of a taxi, on his way to a Southern Baptist Convention meeting, when a group of protesters caught the cab driver's attention.
Southern Baptist leaders disassociate SBC from Phelps' anti-'fag' message & methods


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