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Fred Phelps' Followers Invade Canada; Some Stopped At Border

Update, 11:17 a.m.: The Ottawa Citizen's editorial slamming Phelps. The church was a no-show at the theatre, The Canadian Press reports.

Nothing short of a miracle happened on the border between U.S. and Canada yesterday: Some members of Westboro Baptist Church, where the Rev. Fred Phelps pollutes the air with his hate mongering, were stopped from entering Canada.

Two groups were planning protests - one at the Matchbox Theatre in Alberta during a showing of The Laramie Project and a second at the funeral of Tim McLean, who was heinously murdered by a madman on a Winnepeg-bound Greyhound bus July 30th.

"They won't let us in, but we have a group that will cross in another spot," Shirley Phelps-Roper, Fred's daughter, told the Calgary Herald. "They'll have to strip search everyone who crosses that border or they won't know who we are. They'll have to see the WBC (Westboro Baptist Church) tattoo on our butts."

WBC is based in Topeka, Kansas. Since 1955, Phelps has preached that God hates homosexuals and will damn them and anyone who supports them. The church, despite its name, does not belong to any religous affiliation.

The Laramie Project documents local reaction to the crucifiction of Matt Shepard in October 1998. It was a play first, then made into a movie.

"(The play) only has one function - to teach rebellion to this generation against the standards of God," Phelps-Roper said. "It's got no other purpose."

Rev. Phelps personally picketed Matt's funeral and shouted anti-gay epithets at Matt's mother. Funerals of U.S. soldiers have also been targeted by Phelps.

The point of protesting McLean's funeral, the church says, is to say that his beheading was God's punishment for Canada's policies towards abortion, homosexuality and adultery.

You can see why few people outside of WBC look up to Phelps. Numerous organizations have condemned him in every way, shape and form and a Facebook group named "Fred Phelps Is An Asshole" currently boasts 2,541 members.

The question begs: How can someone filled with such hatred and homophobia call himself a man of God? How closely has he read the Bible? How could he not find a single thing wrong with what happened to Matt Shepard and Tim McLean? Does he have a soul?

Does he even have a heart?

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