'God Hates Fags' church leader dead

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By Jay-Jay Feeney

Fred Phelps, the founding pastor of Westboro Baptist Church, known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, died last night. He was 84.

He founded Westboro Baptist of Topeka, Kansas, in 1955. Many members of the small congregation are related to him through blood or marriage.

According to the church's website, it has picketed more than 53,000 events, ranging from Lady Gaga concerts to funerals for slain U.S. soldiers. Typically, a dozen or so church members - including small children - brandish signs that say "God Hates Fags" and "Thank God for Dead Soldiers."

Lorde had a run in with them this week because they were protesting against her and her music for no apparent reason – aside from her name being Lorde. Lorde lashed back on Twitter encouraging fans to wear rainbow clothes and kiss people of the same sex at her concert.

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