Freddie’s still dead

Last week’s QOTW speculated that Fred Phelps might have had something of a change of heart before shuffling off this mortal coil.

In possible support of this premise:

Last week, Fred Phelps’ son posted on Facebook that his father, the longtime head of the notoriously venomous Westboro Baptist Church — famous for protesting military and other high-profile funerals and events with neon “God Hates Fags” signs — was “now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka.” Despite Drain’s attempts to downplay the severity of Phelps’s condition, it was reported Tuesday that the 84-year-old Phelps had passed away.

Most intriguing about Nate Phelps’s Facebook post was not the news that an octogenarian’s health was failing, but that Fred Phelps Sr., who founded the hatemongering church in 1955 and turned his progeny into some of the loudest and most despised people in America, had been excommunicated last summer.

“Drain” is Steve Drain, who may have orchestrated that excommunication and installed himself in Westboro’s seat of power.

Still, this might be the single most salient thing said about the demise of Mr Phelps:

(Via Miss Cellania.)



  1. McGehee »

    26 March 2014 · 6:14 pm

    My take on what God would have said to Fred was, “What part of ‘hate the sin but love the sinner’ did you not understand?”

    It remains to be seen whether the fuel that kept the Westboro hate cult chugging died with him, or remains at full stench. If the latter, that would leave open the possibility that he did begin to realize that a God Who professes infinite love is unlikely to be as Fred had described Him.

    But if Drain’s Westboro stops picketing funerals and accusing God of hating his children, the odds would seem to favor Fred having been given a ticket on the Down escalator.

  2. Roger Green »

    27 March 2014 · 2:24 pm

    The late Curtis Mayfield once sang, “If there’s a hell below, we’re all gonna go.”

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