GRANDCHILDREN - The Salt Lake Tribune News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us (Webmaster) Anti-gay preacher and founder of Westboro Baptist Church dies at 84 <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="">Anti-gay preacher and founder of Westboro Baptist Church dies at 84</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MICHAEL PAULSON</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-20T19:16:51.143-06:00">Updated Mar 20, 2014 07:16PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Topeka, Kan. • The Rev. Fred Phelps, the virulently anti-gay preacher who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God was punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died here late Wednesday. He was 84. The Westboro Baptist Church confirmed the death, declaring on one of its websites, “Fred W. Phelps Sr. has gone the way of all flesh.” The church did not give a cause of death, but Phelps had been living under h...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href=""> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:16:51 MDT