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Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps is Dead at 84

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Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps Sr. died late Wednesday night, WIBW reports:

"Timothy Phelps, son of former Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps, told WIBW that his father died before midnight."

Phelps had been reported "on the edge of death" by his estranged son Nate earlier this week. Reports subsequently emerged that  the "God Hates Fags" pastor had been excommunicated after an internal power struggle at Westboro in which a board of elders - Steve Drain, Timothy Phelps, Jonathan Phelps, Samuel Phelps-Roper, Charles Hockenbarger and Fred Phelps Jr - also took down Shirley Phelps Roper from a position of authority.

Following the news that Phelps was near death, Lucien Greaves, the leader of the New York-based Satanic Temple, promised to hold a "pink mass" over Phelps' graves and turn him posthumously gay.

UPDATE:

Westboro Baptist has posted a statement in response to Phelps' death. Read it HERE.

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  1. Good riddance. One less evil human being in the world today.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Mar 20, 2014 11:41:00 AM


  2. In the words of Sophia Petrillo: "Dorothy, move the coffee table, I wanna do a cartwheel."

    Posted by: shaun | Mar 20, 2014 11:42:50 AM


  3. Ding Dong the wicked Phelps is dead

    Posted by: Kenny | Mar 20, 2014 11:45:10 AM


  4. Won't be sadly missed.

    Posted by: Bollox | Mar 20, 2014 11:47:22 AM


  5. It's a terrible thing to feel glad when another human being dies but since he was a reptile that's not a problem. One less hater in the world, it's too bad he trained some of his children too be equally loathsome since unfortunately his organization won't collapse now.

    Posted by: joel | Mar 20, 2014 11:48:10 AM


  6. May God have mercy on his soul.

    Posted by: Roy | Mar 20, 2014 11:48:12 AM


  7. When your legacy is hate, when the only mark you made on the world is one of hate, it should not come as a surprise that your death is met with rejoicing. How sad. But well deserved.

    Posted by: Reggie777 | Mar 20, 2014 11:48:38 AM


  8. Clarity at last. He blurred the line between life and death for a long time.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 20, 2014 11:49:51 AM


  9. Burn in hell you ass hole. Now you can greet each of your cult members as they follow you down there. The best news I have heard in a long time. God must have finally got enough of his BS and decided to write him off. I love it.

    Posted by: Tom | Mar 20, 2014 11:51:26 AM


  10. wow what a terrible legacy he left behind.

    Posted by: Jeff | Mar 20, 2014 11:58:06 AM


  11. may he rest in gay peace

    Posted by: diego | Mar 20, 2014 12:00:43 PM


  12. Who?

    Posted by: Lucca | Mar 20, 2014 12:01:17 PM


  13. When will be Tony perkins and his allies' turn?

    Posted by: ppp | Mar 20, 2014 12:03:21 PM


  14. I wish there was a hell for him to go to.

    Good riddance.

    Posted by: tim S | Mar 20, 2014 12:03:25 PM


  15. Too bad this sorry and tormented man veered of from his early work as a defender of civil rights and descended into the madness of his vile fanatical obsessions. We mustn't gloat. Relief at his absence is enough. Let him face whatever judgment might await him in whatever place he believed he would go.

    Posted by: gregorybrown | Mar 20, 2014 12:05:53 PM


  16. Rest in peace.

    Really.

    Posted by: Eugene | Mar 20, 2014 12:07:42 PM


  17. It takes a special kind of man to be hated by both the gay community and conservative military families. Great legacy Fred. Only your daughter is crying while the rest of the world rejoices.

    Posted by: Chadd | Mar 20, 2014 12:09:59 PM


  18. @Gregorybrown - you said it all, man.

    Posted by: Princely | Mar 20, 2014 12:10:01 PM


  19. The amount of pain this man has caused is immeasurable. Unfortunately it will continue in the poison that he planted in the minds of some of his children and his followers.

    Posted by: Seattle Mike | Mar 20, 2014 12:12:22 PM


  20. He's already been reinacarnated as a gay male. Whatever persons you hate in life, you will be reborn as in order to teach you a lesson on the futility of prejudice. God I love my brand of spirituality.

    Posted by: Freddie | Mar 20, 2014 12:13:09 PM


  21. I think we should let this condescending self-righteous hatemonger fade into the obscurity he so richly deserves. Don't protest his funeral, don't discuss him or his life, and when anyone mentions him just reply "Who?" as LUCCA just did. To borrow the words of The Who: "Let's forget you better still."

    Posted by: MajorTom | Mar 20, 2014 12:13:57 PM


  22. He leaves the world an infamous legacy of hate and intolerance, He was the very antithesis of a follower of Jesus. May God have mercy on his soul.

    Posted by: Kieran | Mar 20, 2014 12:15:04 PM


  23. "I was taught to speak only good of the dead. Joan Crawford is dead. Good!"

    Posted by: The Milkman | Mar 20, 2014 12:15:13 PM


  24. "And all anyone will ever say is, 'Better that he had never been born.'"
    -Angels in America

    Posted by: plinx | Mar 20, 2014 12:17:46 PM


  25. It always amazes me when people live their lives with such hate for others in the hope that they will be saved by some gawd. If people were taught that we really only have this one life to live, I wonder how that would change things. Would we stop hating each other and hurting each other because we know how precious life is? Makes me just feel sorry for him and all the people like him...

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Mar 20, 2014 12:20:54 PM


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