Westboro Baptist Church
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Westboro Baptist Church is a Baptist church in Topeka, Kansas. The leader of the church is Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. The church revolves around the belief that homosexuality -- when a man loves a man or a woman loves a woman— is a sin. The people at Westboro believe that every tragedy on Earth, including the deaths of soldiers killed in war, is part of God's attempts to tell us that he does not approve of homosexuality. They think that a lot of tragedies result from love between a man and a man or love between a woman and a woman, and the tolerance of it. The church protests many events with large, colorful signs, including funerals of people whom they think might approve of gay or lesbian people, businesses where gay or lesbian people work, and even soldiers' funerals.
Most Christian churches,[source?] even ones that feel that homosexuality is a sin, disagree with the way Westboro practices, as they feel it goes against Christian teachings.[source?] While Westboro Baptist Church thinks that God hates homosexuals and anyone who tolerates them, Christian churches generally agree that God loves everyone.[source?]