A Kansas church says it will be picketing a Catholic high school and college in Omaha. Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., says it will set up pickets Wednesday at Creighton Preparatory School and at Creighton University, a Jesuit college.
The church is known for protesting at military funerals to express the belief that U.S. troop deaths are punishment for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. Speaking for the church, Shirley Phelps-Roper said Monday that the protests will mark cases against Catholic priests who sexually abused children.She also cited her pending flag-desecration case in nearby Bellevue. Phelps-Roper was cited in 2007 for letting her son stand on an American flag during a protest outside a soldier's funeral.
Read Westboro Baptist Church's Press Release on the protest at Creighton (here)
Fred Phelps the founder of Westboro Baptist Church has run in various Kansas Democratic Party primaries five times, but has never won. These included races for governor in 1990, 1994, and 1998, receiving about 15 percent of the vote in 1998. In the 1992 Democratic Party primary for U.S. Senate, Phelps received 31 percent of the vote. Phelps ran for mayor of Topeka in 1993 and 1997..
Blogger Note: Westboro Baptist Church is not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.