Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Anti-gay Preacher, Fred Phelps, Once Fought for Civil Rights

"He is the leader of America's most hated family, a gaunt, craggy-faced preacher who displays God Hates Fags signs at the funerals of American troops, gay men and AIDS victims. For at least 12 years, the Rev. Fred Phelps has led his Topeka, Kansas, church on a cross-country crusade against gays and lesbians. That crusade ignited a legal battle that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court. But there is another Phelps that few know. He was a 'brilliant' civil rights attorney in the 1960s who would take on racial discrimination cases that no other lawyers would touch, say longtime African-American civic leaders in Topeka," writes CNN's John Blake. "He fought for the rights of blacks, they say, with the same passion he now reserves for the condemnation of gays." READ MORE