Book: Matthew Shepard Myths Launched Westboro Baptist Church Staff
Posted: Sep 17, 2013 9:57 AM

The extremist organization Westboro Baptist Church--which is known for protesting at fallen soldiers’ funerals--owes its rise to national prominence to the media circus that surrounded the Matthew Shepard case, the founder of a Shepard memorial organization said in 2011. “Matthew Shepard’s funeral elevated the profile of a vocal anti-gay church to national notoriety in October 1998,” Tom Morton wrote for the local Wyoming paper the Casper Star-Tribune in March 2011, before quoting the executive director of a group devoted to Shepard’s memory.