Westboro Baptist Church http://kcur.org en Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups http://kcur.org/post/treading-carefully-when-covering-hate-groups <p></p><p>Fred Phelps has been a lightning rod of controversy for decades. The late head of the Westboro Baptist Church, who famously picketed funerals of American soldiers and LGBT people, died Wednesday.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we discuss the quandary media organizations have faced: How do you decide when events like this are truly newsworthy and when you’re just giving hate groups free publicity?</p><p><strong>Guests:</strong></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:43:42 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52997 at http://kcur.org Treading Carefully When Covering Hate Groups Westboro Baptist Founder Fred Phelps Dead At 84 http://kcur.org/post/westboro-baptist-founder-fred-phelps-dead-84 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rev. Fred</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial </span>Westboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Baptist Church, died around midnight Thursday.&nbsp;</span></p><p>For almost 24 years, Phelps and his small group of followers have made themselves infamous for leading anti-gay demonstrations at natural disasters, mass killings and funerals.</p><p>In his mind, Phelps said in a 2006 interview, every catastrophe, attack or misfortune was God’s retribution for America’s failure to castigate gays.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:23:25 +0000 Frank Morris 52941 at http://kcur.org Westboro Baptist Founder Fred Phelps Dead At 84 What The White House Has To Say About Westboro Baptist Church http://kcur.org/post/what-white-house-has-say-about-westboro-baptist-church <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House has formally responded to five petitions that request </span>Westboro<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Baptist Church in Topeka, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. have their non-profit status revoked and that they be federally recognized as a hate group.</span></p><p>Nearly <a href="http://www.kansascity.com/2013/07/03/4327953/white-house-westboro-protests.html">700,000 people have signed the petitions</a>&nbsp;since December 2012 when they were created.</p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 19:36:39 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 39558 at http://kcur.org What The White House Has To Say About Westboro Baptist Church House Across From Westboro Baptist Is Painted With Gay Pride Rainbow Colors http://kcur.org/post/house-across-westboro-baptist-painted-gay-pride-rainbow Aaron Jackson took inspiration from a 9-year-old kid who stood up to Westboro Baptist Church protesters.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/05/24/153597841/kid-told-westboro-protesters-god-hates-no-one-because-that-is-true">As Mark wrote last year</a>, Josef Miles stood in front of protesters carrying signs that read "God Hates [Gays]" with his own sign that read "God Hates No One."<p>Today, Jackson is following through on a project that started about six months ago when he decided to buy a house across the street from the infamous church in Topeka, Kan.<p>Jackson and voluntee Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:24:00 +0000 editor 33712 at http://kcur.org House Across From Westboro Baptist Is Painted With Gay Pride Rainbow Colors Westboro Defectors http://kcur.org/post/westboro-defectors <p>The Westboro Baptist Church is notorious in the area and nation-wide for their protests of soldier's funerals and anti-gay messages. Fred Phelps and his followers, based in Topeka, travel the country spreading their messages of hate and last year a petition to label them an official hate group was introduced.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:00:00 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 33350 at http://kcur.org Westboro Defectors Council Approves Funeral Picketing Ban http://kcur.org/post/council-approves-funeral-picketing-ban <p>Kansas City again has a law restricting picketing at funerals, such as is done by members of the Westboro Baptist Church.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 15:03:43 +0000 Steve Bell 26960 at http://kcur.org Council Approves Funeral Picketing Ban Kansas City Council Readies To Vote Funeral Picketing Ban http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-council-readies-vote-funeral-picketing-ban <p>The Kansas City council will vote Thursday on an ordinance to restrict the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing of military funerals.</p><p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:45:04 +0000 Maria Carter 26902 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Council Readies To Vote Funeral Picketing Ban