March 20, 2014 11:38 AM

Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church is dead at 84

During a life that spanned more than eight decades, Fred Phelps Sr. was many things: a father, a civil rights attorney, a gubernatorial and congressional hopeful. In the end, though, he will be remembered as just one: The architect of a small ministry that became a fountain of anti-gay sentiment, bringing national scorn to Kansas.

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