Fred Phelps: October 2002 Archives

October 22, 2002

Phelps gloats over teenager's murder

United States: The loving and sensitive Fred Phelps of Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket the funeral of a transgenedered teenager murdered in an apparent hate crime, and he has been told that he is not welcome. The local community has rallied round the family of Eddie 'Gwen' Araujo, who accepted their child's orientation, and donations have ensured that the 17 year old will get a good send-off. He will be buried in make-up and a dress. Al Moore, a pastor at the church Araujo attended, reminded mourners at a candlelit vigil of how easy it is to be intolerant:

Tonight love is keeping us from seeing our differences, but when we leave here, the sad reality is that we are going to do it again.

The Anti-Defamation League, which usually fights anti-semitism, has also condemned the murder and the actions of Fred Phelps, and urged everyone to stand together against hate-mongers. Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder and police are seeking a fourth. ADL Condemns Killing of Newark TeenagerADL press release, 21st October 2002.

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