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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