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Westboro Baptist Church Responds to the Death of Fred Phelps

The Westboro Baptist Church has responded to the death of Pastor Fred Phelps, writing, in part:

Fred_phelpsThe world-wide media has been has been in a frenzy during the last few days, gleefully anticipating the death of Fred Waldron Phelps Sr.  It has been an unprecedented, hypocritical, vitriolic explosion of words...

...So – the death of Fred Phelps’ body, a man who preached a plain faithful doctrine to an ever darkening world, is nothing but a vain, empty, hypocritical hope for you.

It’s like every journalist in the world simultaneously set aside what little journalistic integrity they have, so that they could wait breathlessly for a rumor to publish:  in-fighting, succession plans, and power struggles, oh my!  How shameful!  You’re like a bunch of little girls on the playground waiting for some gossip!

Listen carefully; there are no power struggles in the Westboro Baptist Church, and there is no human intercessor – we serve no man, and no hierarchy, only the Lord Jesus Christ.  No red shoes, no goofy hat, and no white smoke for us; thank you very much.

No board, no separate decision making body, just humble servants of God – qualified according to the scriptures, and chosen by the church – privileged to feed the sheep for a time...

...God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world.  That is the pinnacle of your hopes, and by far the most vain.  Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, or the power of God.

Phelps, the leader of the "God Hates Fags" church, died late Wednesday night at the age of 84.

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.

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  1. LOL, There, there.

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Mar 20, 2014 2:12:27 PM


  2. If their deaths won't make any difference in God's plan, then they can die now, Funny how the same people who gloated over the deaths of innocent soldiers are furious about all the people who anticipated Phelps' death. Who are the hypocrites here? Refresh my memory.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 20, 2014 2:15:57 PM


  3. I like the misogyny in their little missive :) Fitting.

    Oh well.

    ignore. he's dead. they're irrelevant. they're not the real enemy. Rupert Murdoch is the real enemy. The RCC is the real enemy. The LDS is the real enemy. The southern baptists, the american evangelicals - they're the reason anti-gay hate continues to spread. Not the few dozen inbred members of this klan.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 20, 2014 2:21:52 PM


  4. With Phelps himself and his daughter having been "excommunicated," it seems the schism already happened. Could this brave response be partially excuse-mongering? Keep on your way, Westboro; it's not the world but your god who will judge you.

    Posted by: Gene in L.A. | Mar 20, 2014 2:24:32 PM


  5. it's always remarkable how these crazy xtians can't wait for others to suffer "for all eternity", as if they relish the pain they imagine others might endure, simply for disagreeing with their stupid worldview. you get the sense they'd kill if you if they could get away with it. such punitive, small-hearted, nazi-like little turds.

    Posted by: Mark | Mar 20, 2014 2:31:43 PM


  6. Did she really just describe herself as "humble?"

    The lies never stop from these people...

    Posted by: StudioTodd | Mar 20, 2014 2:32:12 PM


  7. And she makes the death of her father about herself. Just wow.

    Posted by: Tigernan | Mar 20, 2014 2:32:53 PM


  8. Walmart shoppers.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Mar 20, 2014 2:33:08 PM


  9. Oh happy day..the witch is dead.

    Posted by: Nikko | Mar 20, 2014 2:33:51 PM


  10. An interesting article on the "9 Things You Should Know About Fred Phelps"...I think many of these will surprise all of the readers of Towleroad!

    http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2014/03/19/9-things-you-should-know-about-fred-phelps-and-westboro-baptist-church/

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 20, 2014 2:33:54 PM


  11. The WBC is calling us hypocrites for "gleefully" celebrating the death of Fred Phelps?

    Irony died of sensory overload today.

    Posted by: FuryOfFirestorm | Mar 20, 2014 2:37:22 PM


  12. Assuming the existence of God, seems like pretending to be Him would be the ultimate vanity. But then, a daily diet of forked tongue is nothing new for this group.
    May their extremism become even more egocentric as it might convince more moderate bigots just how batshit crazy all this anti-gay rhetoric is.

    Posted by: dixihuk | Mar 20, 2014 2:40:13 PM


  13. Since they excommunicated him, does that mean they'll be picketing his funeral?

    Posted by: JJ | Mar 20, 2014 2:43:25 PM


  14. You reap what you sow.

    Posted by: Arkansassy | Mar 20, 2014 2:43:55 PM


  15. Poor simple minded people. What a shame to live in so much fear all the time. If only they knew how good life could be if they just accepted everyone else for who they are and got on with life. Hopefully this little church of nothing will just go away.

    Posted by: Jaysonn | Mar 20, 2014 2:45:31 PM


  16. I am going to have a great night of hedonism in their honor.

    Posted by: terry | Mar 20, 2014 2:52:12 PM


  17. I sincerely hope that Phelps's death means that advocates and journalists will stop wasting ink chronicling the Westboro Baptist Church's exploits. The WBC has never been anything more than a sideshow, something easy to hate. We've let ourselves be distracted by them, while not engaging with the truly dangerous individuals, such as Robert George, or Ryan Anderson, or Scott Lively.

    Posted by: Nat | Mar 20, 2014 2:55:50 PM


  18. "Blah, blah ... Jeebus ... blah, blah ... fags .... blah, blah ... judgment .... blah, blah ... Bible." Got it.

    Posted by: plinx | Mar 20, 2014 2:57:07 PM


  19. Amazing how a little church with about 100 bigoted members can make such a huge impact with their actions. Everyone knew who Fred Phelps was, everyone knows who the Westboro Baptist is and what they stand for, and they are but a flea on the ass of humanity.

    Posted by: El Jimbo | Mar 20, 2014 3:00:59 PM


  20. "Sarcasm" must be a sacrament in their church, they sure are full of it.

    Posted by: jexer | Mar 20, 2014 3:01:32 PM


  21. "Sarcasm" must be a sacrament in their church, they sure are full of it.

    Posted by: jexer | Mar 20, 2014 3:01:32 PM


  22. Did they really say they were "just humble servants of god"? LMFAO!!! Quick, someone get them a Webster dictionary.

    Posted by: Jere | Mar 20, 2014 3:03:03 PM


  23. What an irrelevant life.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Mar 20, 2014 3:04:58 PM


  24. Having this wing nut on other side has been an advantage for us. Beware of a replacement who is not as crazy, less polarizing, and more widely accepted and followed.

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 20, 2014 3:06:42 PM


  25. ...God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world. That is the pinnacle of your hopes, and by far the most vain. Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, or the power of God or the Easter Bunny, or aliens and UFOs. And leprechauns - don't forget leprechauns! Hey - did you see that unicorn go by?

    Posted by: Dan Mc. | Mar 20, 2014 3:10:33 PM


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