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City: Westboro graffiti won’t be removed

May 10, 2010


— Topeka has decided not to seek the removal of graffiti from an anti-gay church.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported that the graffiti was spray painted on the garage and exterior walls at Westboro Baptist Church.

Church spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper says the church decided to leave it as a symbolic reflection on the people of Topeka and the nation. She noted the church has been telling the nation that it’s “a rebellious, good-for-nothing group.”

The graffiti includes phallic images and references to God.

City spokesman David Bevens says the graffiti is public nuisance under a city ordinance and should be removed. But Bevens says it will be allowed to stay because church members were exercising their First Amendment right to freedom of speech.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

So, if true, Fred Phelps was accepted into West Point at age sixteen. Dropped out before attending any classes.

Now there is a new approach for anti Fred.

Fred can't handle the miliiary. Maybe he was caught doing some hanky panky. Wonder if any of the West Point folks are around. And what about the folks in Meridian Mississippi, There should be some folks around that knew the Phelps family.

What was missus Fred's background? I cannot imagine any mother giving birth to children and allowing them to end up like margie..roper and the others. It sure doesn't say much for missus Fred. Can she sew, can she bake, can she be a real grandmother. Those poor grandchildren having someone like fred and the missus.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

tomatogrower, and what would the fund raiser for a veterans group accomplish, not knocking your idea but am wanting some clarification about what you have in mind.

my idea is to have multiple events going on so that the phelps are so busy trying to decide which is the most important to picket. there is no way they can be everywhere, no way.

Did Fred ever serve in the military or any of his family, siblings, cousins, parents, aunts/uncles. I would be interested to know.


tomatogrower 3 years, 11 months ago

They always try to picket the Lawrence graduations. I remember 1 year, when they changed the location from the stadium to the field house. It was a riot. They were all set up down by the stadium while everyone made it into the field house, before the morons even figured it out. If they can't be ignored, someone should at least start a fund raiser for a veteran's group or and AIDS support group.


oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 11 months ago

They are picketing HS graduations because they want to live vicariously as if they are graduating. They don't have enough money or guts to picket a place like Berkeley, because there they would just be six more freaks. Berkeley folks wouldn't be able to tell who is who.

Too bad they don't have the guts to roll old Fred out in a wheelchair so he can get an honorary diploma at Ford County high school aka FO Diploma.

Maybe George Stephanopulous can interview Fred Phelps. Now that would be choice or Catie Couric.

Maybe even Dancing with the Stars with Fred and Pam Anderson together.


Calliope877 3 years, 11 months ago

Now they are picketing HS graduations? LOL


Clickker 3 years, 11 months ago

It looks like they will be picketing both Free State and LHS graduation ceremonies.

These guys are sick.


thomgreen 3 years, 11 months ago

So, if they decide to keep it as an example of free speech, would the responsible parties that actually put the graffiti there still be guilty of a crime anymore?


Deja Coffin 3 years, 11 months ago

I heard that the Westboro Church is planning on picketing Eudora's graduation ceremony on May 22nd. Anybody know if this is true or rumor? Just curious. A lot of people I know say they're going to counter them but really I think ignoring them all together is the best thing to do. They thrive off of attention so that's the one thing we shouldn't give them.


Liberty275 3 years, 11 months ago

The phelps clan wins again. Rule 19 of the internet states that "the more you hate something, the stronger it becomes". This looks like a brick and mortar example.

"Does that now mean that any business in Topeka can refuse to clean up graffiti and then say they are exerting their First Amendment rights?"

That's a good question. I'd say yes because the property owner should be allowed to pick and choose what is painted on their property. Most businesses would choose eradication because it wouldn't serve their purpose, but in this case it the property owners think it does serve their purpose.

Of course, the city can charge a fee for non-standard paint on buildings like they do in Lawrence. I imagine the phelps clan would gladly pay the fee.


KEITHMILES05 3 years, 11 months ago

More weakness of leadership and enforecement by the leaders of Topeka. If this was an ordinary home owner or business owner they'd call out the SWAT team. Just pathetic.


ssakcaj 3 years, 11 months ago

Did the church member's put the graffiti on the building? If not, how can they be exercising their First Amendment rights? Wouldn't that be the artist?

Does that now mean that any business in Topeka can refuse to clean up graffit and then say they are exerting their First Amendment rights?

Very strange decision from a very strange town...


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