Fred Phelps is the pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. He is well-known for his extremist version of fundamentalist Christianity, which has alienated him from pretty much everyone except his congregation, which is mostly comprised of family members. He is extremely opposed to homosexuality and attributes most of society's problems (including 9/11, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the death of American soldiers in Iraq) to tolerance for homosexual behavior. He advocates the death penalty for homosexuals, as commanded in the Bible.
- Leviticus 20:13 : "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them."
The Westboro Baptist Church frequently attracts media attention for protesting funerals of homosexuals and deceased American soldiers. They celebrate such events as God's justice being enacted on a sinful society, and believe that it is immoral and impious to feel sympathy for the dead and those who mourn for them in these instances.