Fred Phelps

1929 - 2014

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Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. (November 13, 1929 – March 19, 2014) was an American minister and disbarred attorney who served as pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church and became known for his homophobic views and protests near the funerals of gay people, military veterans, and disaster victims who he believed were killed as a result of God punishing the U.S. for having "bankrupt values" and tolerating homosexuality. The Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kansas-based independent fundamentalist ministry that Phelps founded in 1955, has been described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fred Phelps has received more than 2,519,621 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). Fred Phelps is the 139th most popular social activist (down from 119th in 2019), the 1,425th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,265th in 2019) and the 17th most popular American Social Activist.

Fred Phelps is most famous for being the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and anti-Catholic church that protests at funerals and other public events.

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Among social activists, Fred Phelps ranks 139 out of 544Before him are Hilda Gadea, Edward Snowden, Steve Biko, Andreas Hofer, Gaius Julius Civilis, and Gerda Christian. After him are Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, René Just Haüy, Klaus Störtebeker, Stjepan Filipović, Rudi Dutschke, and Leopold Trepper.

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Among people born in 1929, Fred Phelps ranks 95Before him are Ivar Giaever, Andriyan Nikolayev, Nikolai Ryzhkov, Georgi Markov, Abdel Halim Hafez, and Osamu Yamaji. After him are Gordon Moore, Alasdair MacIntyre, Chadli Bendjedid, Věra Chytilová, Lata Mangeshkar, and Bruno Cremer. Among people deceased in 2014, Fred Phelps ranks 63Before him are Veljko Kadijević, Stephanie Kwolek, Mike Nichols, Miklós Jancsó, Oscar de la Renta, and Ralph H. Baer. After him are Siegfried Lenz, Jean-Claude Duvalier, Stuart Hall, Věra Chytilová, Hilderaldo Bellini, and Dale T. Mortensen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Fred Phelps ranks 1,425 out of 15,968Before him are Sidney Bechet (1897), Dirk Benedict (1945), Lawrence Klein (1920), Val Kilmer (1959), Chris Cornell (1964), and Bessie Smith (1894). After him are Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), Bob Ross (1942), Elisha Gray (1835), Katharine Ross (1940), Henry Hathaway (1898), and Lillian Asplund (1906).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Fred Phelps ranks 17Before him are Bugsy Siegel (1906), John Brown (1800), Marsha P. Johnson (1945), Frederick Douglass (1818), Betty Ford (1918), and Edward Snowden (1983). After him are Mickey Cohen (1913), Jody Williams (1950), Billy Milligan (1955), W. E. B. Du Bois (1868), Sojourner Truth (1797), and Margaret Sanger (1879).