The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Kansas church who drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.
Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn’t provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.
Throughout his life, Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church, a small congregation made up almost entirely of his extended family … continue reading.
Note: Original blog from March 19 follows.
Satanist seeks to turn Westboro founder gay in afterlife
Those who sow hate don’t reap much love.
News recently broke that Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death and living in a hospice facility in Kansas.
There were no reports of tears.
As most of you know, Phelp’s belief system is based on a hatred of homosexuals. Westboro’s website URL is GodHatesFags.com.
Phelps, 84, and his followers, express their hate by picketing funerals. The church gained infamy by picketing military funerals and saying the deaths of soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are God’s punishment for the United States’ tolerance of homosexuality.
As Phelp’s death approaches, vultures circle.
In 2013, Phelps was allegedly excommunicated from the church he founded for suggesting church members be kinder towards one another.
Some groups have said they want to stage protests at Phelps’ funeral, but it appears there won’t be one. Westboro says the church does not “worship the dead,” so it seems these confused Christians don’t even know why people hold funerals.
Followers of the largely satirical Satanic Temple in NYC are not deterred, however, and plan to hold a ceremony to convert Phelps to a homosexual in the afterlife.
The ceremony, called a “Pink Mass,” involves same-sex couples kissing over a grave. Earlier, the Temple “exercised its right to offensive Free Speech” by performing such a ceremony over the grave of Phelp’s mother, writes Vice magazine, in an effort to make her a lesbian.
I’m skeptical that a group that claims to “avow skepticism in the face of all things” really believes such a ceremony will work.
A Pink Mass, like the Satanic Temple’s alleged plan to erect a statue of Lucifer outside an Oklahoma courthouse, is just a publicity stunt.
I usually don’t give advice to devil worshippers, but I’ve learned it is acceptable to make fun of politicians but not dead people. Even horrible dead people.
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