The Westboro Baptist Church is little more than a public front for a law firm based in Topeka, Kansas. The firm, Phelps Chartered, is owned and staffed by the Phelps family, which also owns and operates the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).
Fred Phelps, who started the church, is himself a disbarred lawyer, who, strangely enough, spent much of his career fighting for equal rights for minorities. The church, as most people know, travels around the nation, protesting at soldiers’ funerals, and most recently, at the funerals of the children who were slain in Connecticut last week.
WBC protesters carry signs that claim American deaths are God’s wrath for “tolerating homosexuality” in our society.
The internet collective known as Anonymous has declared war on WBC, reposting the personal information of church members. The information was originally posted by Anonymous, after they hacked the church’s website while talking to one of the Phelps’ on a live radio show.
Several months ago, I visited the Phelps’ law firm in Topeka, because we just stumbled across it on our way to the state capitol. We stopped, went inside and started asking questions about the protests.
One the Phelps daughters told us it was inappropriate for us to ask church questions at the law firm and rudely shut her window on me, which looked like it might have been made of armored glass.
Imagine that, the people who protest at funerals scolding me on addressing my grievances in the appropriate place. So we left. On our way out of town, we went back to get a few pictures. They were taking our pictures through the window as we were posing next to their sign, which appears to have taken quite a beating at some point.
As I said, the church is really nothing more than a front for the law firm. The Phelps family and their hate group do not protest based on any belief system. This is a business model for them. They purposefully seek to protest in the most offensive places so that municipalities will infringe upon their First Amendment rights.
Once this happens, they sue, and they win. Most people in Kansas tend to ignore the Phelps family and their church, because we do not want to give attention to these people.
However, their addresses, particularly the church address and phone number are being spread around the web, so I thought I would add the address and phone number of their business, since they seem to dislike receiving complaints about their church at the law firm.