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Sympathy for Topeka about Phelpses

A weekend New York Times article expressed sympathy for Topeka for being the home of Westboro Baptist Church and the anti-gay Phelps family and its protests. The story likened Topeka to neighborhoods in other cities that have been forced to allow marches by neo-Nazi groups — only that rather than just pass through town, the Phelpses "moved in, signs, speech and all." The article noted how Phelps protesters "remain a fixture at public parks, government buildings, other churches and graveyards" in Topeka. "So goes the fate of Topeka, a city where free speech is less an idea than a lived experience."