Difficult to Mourn: Rev. Fred Phelps Dead at 84

When he made his transition, I hope he was greeted by Liberace.

Social Justice For All

fred-phelps I just learned that the infamous leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., died yesterday.  Phelps, who will be best remembered for his legacy of hate, such as: “Thank God for dead soldiers,” and “Thank God for 9/11,” because all of those deaths were “God’s punishment” for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.  Those of us in the LGBTQ community and our allies would usually hear his name and cringe, thanks to all of the damage he has done to our community.

Typically, Phelps and his family could be seen holding huge signs that read: “God Hates Fags.”  Phelps’ picketing of the late Matthew Shepard‘s funeral catapulted him and his organization into the national spotlight.

While I will forever hold a space of sadness for all the lives he hurt, I have to say that I am holding a space of sadness for Phelps.  What…

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Posted on 03/20/2014, in Potpourri, Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. I can’t help but wonder why, if he was excommunicated why his children were still not allowed to see him. I will never believe that God loves hateful bigots more than he does others.

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    • My roommate has this theory that he actually had a change of heart so they kicked him out.

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  2. I am never happy when someone passes but I am glad this man and his negative hateful ideas no longer hurt the people god loves.

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  3. roderick2012

    When he made his transition, I hope he was greeted by Liberace.

    Ha,ha ha!!

    Oh the irony!!!

    Unfortunately I believe old Fred was a closet case. He resembles Ted Haggard.

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    • roderick2012, (haven’t forgotten about sharing the results of the chart yet. Thank you again for doing it.)

      Some years ago my friend Ken said that if you want to know what “sins” preachers struggle with in their own lives, just listen to what they preach against. So on that basis yeah — Phelps may have been in the closet.

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  4. As George Takei says:

    “Today, Mr. Phelps may have learned that God, in fact, hates no one. Vicious and hate-filled as he was, may his soul find the kind of peace through death that was so plainly elusive during his life.” Personally, I think it is rather ironic that he died on the International Happiness Day

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  5. It is sad to think that he did not choose to use his time on earth to do things to make a better, more caring world. Just think what an outreach of love and kindness could have accomplished.

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  6. towerflower

    Saw this on FB and I think it fits. To paraphrase a famous actress, “My mother said to only say nice things about the dead. He’s dead. How nice.”

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  7. George Takei has the right idea.

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  8. I just found this video today. I like its upbeat melody. 🙂

    It has 26,680,623 views.

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