Fred Phelps has died. The Lawrence (KS) Journal-World reports:
Fred Phelps Sr., the 84-year-old founder of one of the most-hated churches in America, died late Wednesday night, according to a family member.
Since 1991, under Phelps’ direction, the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church has held anti-gay demonstrations that would eventually include picketing the funerals of soldiers and praying for the death of more.
Phelps enraged a lot of people during his lifetime. The question now — as I asked earlier this week — is this: How to observe his passing? With celebration? Or with quiet? There will probably be a lot of different answers.