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Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan.



“The group was not out to win converts, she said. The minuscule size of their congregation (about a hundred, 10 members fewer than the number of police on standby for yesterday’s protest) reflected nothing. They were in town not merely to protest but to prophesy, in the bald and belligerent language of Old Testament prophets.

Their God is an angry God, the God who, they believe, struck down the World Trade Center as a warning of things to come. One of their placards read “Thank God for 9/11.”

“Hey Mom, that man over there is wearing a dress,” said Noah of a man across the street was wearing what appeared to be a kilt. Another man was “scary” and “looked ugly” because he was wearing lipstick, the
boy said.

“Sometimes little people can tell the truth so clearly,” Noah’s mom told a reporter.

A chorus of “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” had begun to swell from the church. Phelps-Roper shook her head in disgust.

“They don’t have a clue. Their God has the power of a peanut.”


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