Westboro Baptist's Fred Phelps: More Than A Hater? TweetShareGoogle+Email Listen Listening... / Originally published on March 21, 2014 12:34 pm Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps died on Wednesday. He's best remembered for his anti-gay views, and for leading protests at funerals. But he once was viewed as a fighter for civil rights. TweetShareGoogle+EmailView the discussion thread.