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Fred Phelps, Daughter
Barred From Entering U.K.

Fred Phelps, Daughter
Barred From Entering U.K.


Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper will have to find another production of The Laramie Project to picket. U.K. officials say their extremist hate is not welcome.

As they've done many times before, Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps and his daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper had planned to picket an upcoming production of the Matthew Shepard play The Laramie Project -- but the United Kingdom will have none of their "extremist" hate.

According to London's Daily Telegraph, Phelps and his daughter have been barred from entering the country because their church has called for violence against gays.

The two had planned to picket a production of the show at the school arts center in Basingstoke, Hampshire, on Friday, but according to reports, if they attempt to enter the country, they will be stopped by immigration officials.

"Both these individuals have engaged in unacceptable behavior by inciting hatred against a number of communities," a U.K. Border Agency spokesperson told the Telegraph. "The Government has made it clear it opposes extremism in all its forms.

"We will continue to stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country."

Phelps and members of his Kansas church have regularly picketed the funerals of gay men and women as well as U.S. soldiers, claiming their deaths are punishment for America's tolerance of gays and lesbians. (

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