TIME Opinion Religion My Turn as a Target of ‘God Hates Fags’ Preacher Fred Phelps Steve Friess @SteveFriess March 20, 2014 SHARE Michael S. Williamson—Washington Post The Rev. Fred Phelps leads the controversial Westboro Baptist Church. 'Would you care who I am if I was nicer?' he asked. 'Would the governor care who I am if I was nicer?'