Fred Phelps, Anti-Gay Crusader, Is Dead

Will the response be celebration? Or quiet?

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.


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  • http://www.bloomsburyreview.com Webster

    When Joan Crawford died and they told Bette Davis, she reportedly replied, My mother always told me to speak good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good.

    That sums up my feelings in the matter.

  • Gig

    I hated the WBC for their toxicity in society. However, it pains me to hear Christians rejoicing in the death of a lost man who probably never saw true Christianity. So, instead of rejoicing in the passing of one man, I’m going to pray that his family turns from their wicked and toxic protesting and follows Jesus, and the teaching of love and forgiveness that he offers.

  • matthew brandley

    I hope that the evil people of his so called church find the right way to worship instead of the hate filled rituals this man has instilled into them.

  • Henk Um

    They should do a tox sceening with the excommunication and keeping the milder family-members away..

  • Rhonda Mensen

    I say we all picket his funeral.

  • Tal

    I just read an article by Vice Magazine entitled “Fred Phelps Just Died- F*ck That Guy,” and I can say I’m shocked at the content of the article. It consisted of a sarcastic biography of many of the disgusting things he’s done. But what shocked me most of all was the way they portrayed his substance abuse issues. The author portrayed them as a joke. It only further serves to stigmatize individuals with mental illness. Addiction IS a mental illness, and it is not one that should be joked about, no matter who is experiencing them, completely irregardless of what they may have done.
    While obviously acknowledging that people like him are better off to society and to themselves dead, I don’t believe it should be celebrated. I think it sets an example for people with tendencies similar to his that you can get famous for preaching disgusting things. What if this article gives people like him ideas?
    I think this was a very poorly thought out article choice. Wouldn’t a brief “hey look, he died” suffice? Unfortunately, most people will likely cheer his death like something to celebrate. That makes me sad.

    • Murrayman

      Cheer his death, dude? Really? Thats the strawman you need to invent to justify your goddamm rant? F that guy — thats the extent of the celebration. Yay — its been said, there have been tyrants and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Always. Yay. There is justice. Yay.

  • Screamilia

    Who cares. An example of a life willfully wasted

  • GeorgeVreelandHill2

    One less idiot in the world.

    George Vreeland Hill

  • Diane Schubert

    “Why hello there Mr Phelps. I have been waiting for you for a L_O_N_G time. Table for one?”…Satan…

  • Wolfy Ghalkhani

    Sad, he choose to waste his talents on negativity and derision.