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Controversial US Pastor Dies

Fred Phelps has died. He was the founding pastor of a small American church known for its virulently anti-gay protests at public events, including military funerals. A spokesman for the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas Thursday said the 84-year-old Phelps died of natural causes late Wednesday. He did not provide the cause of death. Phelps founded the church in 1955 and molded it in his fire-and-brimstone image. Many members of the small congregation are related to Phelps...

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