Topeka, Kan. — The family of Rev. Fred Phelps awoke on the morning of Nov. 2 to a pair of messages spray painted to a sign and a fence on the grounds of their Kansas church.
The message on the sign said, “God hates the Phelps,” while the message on the fence read, “God hates intolerance.”
Topeka Police were called to the Phelps compound, which houses the family’s Westboro Baptist Church at 10:00 a.m. While investigating the graffiti, police discovered two fireworks-type devices, which prompted the appearance of a bomb squad.
The graffiti and bomb scare came just a day after a federal jury ordered the Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church to pay Albert Snyder, the father of a fallen Marine, nearly $11 million for protesting his son’s funeral.
While leaving a Baltimore courthouse after the Nov. 1 ruling, members of the church vowed they would not be deterred from protesting at military funerals.
“Absolutely, don’t you understand this was an act in futility?” Daughter Shirley Phelps-Roper told the Associated Press.
Phelps-Roper added that she and her family are confident the award will be overturned on appeal. “Oh, it will take about five minutes to get that thing reversed,” she said.
One of Snyder’s attorneys, Sean Summers said he would do his best to make sure client receives the award. “We will chase them forever if it takes that long,” he said.