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Fred Phelps

1929 - 2014

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Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. (November 13, 1929 – March 19, 2014) was an American minister who served as the pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, worked as a civil rights attorney, and ran for statewide election in Kansas. He gained national attention 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Fred Phelps has received more than 2,628,772 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Fred Phelps is the 170th most popular social activist (down from 139th in 2019), the 1,815th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,424th in 2019) and the 18th 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 170 out of 538Before him are Dmitry Muratov, Campaspe, Yiannis Ritsos, Gaius Julius Civilis, Al-Mu'tazz, and Soh Jaipil. After him are Kang Pan-sok, Mordechai Vanunu, Rudi Dutschke, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, Otoya Yamaguchi, and Guru Ram Das.

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Among people born in 1929, Fred Phelps ranks 112Before him are Chespirito, Isabel Sarli, David Kelly, Lorenzo Buffon, Robert Faurisson, and Ira Levin. After him are Heiner Müller, José Santamaría, Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Vic Morrow, André Previn, and Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Among people deceased in 2014, Fred Phelps ranks 67Before him are Veljko Kadijević, Věra Chytilová, Hilderaldo Bellini, Chespirito, Luise Rainer, and Siegfried Lenz. After him are Gabriel Axel, Ahmad Tejan Kabbah, Run Run Shaw, Karl Albrecht, Larry Scott, and Richard Møller Nielsen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Fred Phelps ranks 1,815 out of 18,182Before him are Ira Levin (1929), Stephen Sondheim (1930), Isaac Hayes (1942), Don Rosa (1951), Martin Rodbell (1925), and Lucy Liu (1968). After him are R. Kelly (1967), Joe Mantegna (1947), Henry Bergman (1868), Paul Desmond (1924), Clement Greenberg (1909), and David Schwimmer (1966).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Fred Phelps ranks 18Before him are Jody Williams (1950), John Brown (1800), Frederick Douglass (1818), Betty Ford (1918), Edward Snowden (1983), and Margaret Sanger (1879). After him are W. E. B. Du Bois (1868), Gloria Steinem (1934), Sojourner Truth (1797), Mickey Cohen (1913), David Lane (1938), and Billy Milligan (1955).