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Westboro Church founder in care facility

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TOPEKA, KS (AP) -- The Reverend Fred Phelps Sr. is in a care facility.  Phelps is known as the founder of the Westboro Church widely known for its protests at military funerals and anti-gay sentiments.

Westboro Baptist Church spokesperson Steve Drain said Sunday that Phelps is being cared for in a Shawnee County facility.  Drain wouldn't identify the facility but says Phelps is 84 and is "having some health problems."

Members of the Topeka-based church frequently protest at funerals of soldiers with signs containing messages like "Thank God for dead soldiers" and "Thank God for 9/11," claiming the deaths are God's punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

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