(RNS) — The filmmaker is often more interested in building solidarity with his audience against a mythic enemy than truly understanding his subject.
(RNS) — No single congregation in America has had the kind of recognition, or notoriety, that the Westboro Baptist Church achieved in the 1990s. While still fiercely anti-homosexual, it has seen a subtle shift in its messaging that injects ideas about Jesus and love, clarifies doctrine and even invokes positive language.
(RNS) The new six-part series — a follow-up to last year's 'The Story of God' — looks at places where religion has divided, and brought people together.
(RNS) Father, Son, Holy...Bulbasaur?
(RNS) In response to the Louisiana governor's order barring Westboro protesters from the funerals of two shooting victims, church leader Benjamin Phelps said in a YouTube video that “God sent the shooter.”
(RNS) The funeral Mass starts at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church; President Obama will give the eulogy. Westboro plans to picket from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as people arrive at the church.
(RNS) Steve Drain, spokesman for Westboro Baptist Church, says the intersection of 12th and Orleans streets is "the epicenter of the moral struggle of the covenant."
(RNS) The project shows the power of harnessing online media -- in this case, the crowdfunding site Indiegogo -- to push back against hate speech from a reviled source.
(RNS) What’s this got to do with Westboro, the church whose members are notorious for bringing their “God hates fags” signs to military funerals? Lots.
(RNS) In his anti-gay message, Phelps touched on fears and angers that many people feel.
TOPEKA, Kansas (RNS) When my partner died due to complications from AIDS in 1995, the Phelps people came to protest his funeral. I thought I was prepared.
(RNS) “My father was a man of action,” activist Nate Phelps said after his father's death, “and I implore us all to embrace that small portion of his faulty legacy by doing the same.”
WASHINGTON (RNS) The image of Christianity that Fred Phelps painted was a hateful, judgmental collection of rabble-rousers -- an image that, paradoxically, did more to help his targets than it advanced his message.
(RNS) While some post anti-Phelps comments on Facebook, at least one blogger is urging the LGBT community to be more charitable and "show love to the most unlovable person."
(RNS) Amid reports that the "God Hates Fags" founder is near death, the old-fashioned protestor is getting the instantaneous social media treatment.
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