But credit the maverick monthly Prison Legal News for shedding some fresh light on Fred and his prodigious brood. According to an article by Alex Friedmann in the December issue, eleven of Fred's thirteen children are lawyers. And six are or have been employed by the Kansas Department of Corrections.
When not attending her dad's "God Hates Fags" protests in her free time, Margie Phelps works as director of re-entry planning for the Kansas DOC; her brother, Fred Phelps Jr., is a staff attorney for the agency and a former parole officer. Other siblings work as a county spokesman, with a local sheriff's department, or for the state's juvenile justice system, according to PLN. Their right to spew their views on their own time is fully protected by the Constitution and Kansas' civil service rules.
Still, it makes perfect sense that the world of corrections would provide a haven for folks like the Phelps. Check out our Crime and Punishment archive for tales of sexual harassment and assault, foot fetishism, thuggery, and other bad behavior among employees of Colorado's own penal system. If God hates America, he must really hate its prisoners most of all.--Alan Prendergast