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.


  1. Jack M says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Gene in L.A. says

    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.

  4. Mark says

    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.

  5. dixihuk says

    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.

  6. Jaysonn says

    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.

  7. Nat says

    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.

  8. El Jimbo says

    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.

  9. Bill says

    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.

  10. Dan Mc. says

    …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?

  11. Anne says

    God does not hate the sinner, he only hates the sin. I continue to pray for their salvation,and hatred is one of the grievous sins that I pray to be saved from.

  12. SFshawn says

    “God Hates Bigots”
    That actually says it all.
    Thanks Ryan.
    I’ll make one for SF Pride with his ugly face as a background with the words across it. :)

  13. Matt27 says

    At least the tone of their message remains the same. I just cannot help thinking how awful they were when someone else passed away. Horrible and evil statements.
    I truly hope FP finally found forgiveness, happiness and peace after years of hate, anger etc.

  14. Gregory In Seattle says

    Oh, the irony of the WBC being unhappy at “an unprecedented, hypocritical, vitriolic explosion of words.” My heart bleeds for them and their delicate fee-fees. Why, I almost shed a tear just now.

  15. Jennifer Grant says

    I do pray for his immortal soul, hoping God surrounds him in his loving arms with his unending forgiveness. I do notice that rather than honor this man with a loving eulogy, you for some inexplicable reason focus more on how your church is viewed by journalists and their focus on any infighting, scandals, or otherwise. I pray you use your faith and reason and God’s love to honor someone you loved in your own way, are not corrupted by Satan who feeds your selfish desires to lash out, and see the astounding hypocrisy at the rage you are displaying for those that do not agree with your faith, or express different different opinions (why do you care what journalists do or do not focus on if your faith is strong?) whilst you are infamous for your own attacks on others’ faith. Lastly, I do not feel vain for awaiting the judgement of God. I pray that you too act in accordance of a final judgement, and more closely study the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ, as you preach such the opposite in His name.

  16. JackFknTwist says

    Too many words;
    the world rejoices that this sicko is dead.

    Agree with @ Nat……
    Scott Lively is the enemy.
    Fred Phelps was our best ‘recruiting officer’.

  17. JackFknTwist says


    Thanks ! That was quite funny…..especially the ‘loving arms’ and the ‘everlasting forgiveness parts’. Ha ha ha.

  18. Jennifer Grant says

    @JACKFKNTWIST, I don’t think they posted my second comment where I said that we are all sinners, and that I hope for my own forgiveness for hoping that they’re all thrown in a pit of acid and we get to listen to their screams in their soup of hate. ;P

  19. JackFknTwist says

    Well, maybe Scott Lively , once his perfidious scheming is exposed to the light of day, may yet prove to be a catalyst in destroying the last veneer of rationality of the bigots.

    He is worse than the dump Phelps.

  20. Phantom4j says

    Toots, (directed to whats-er-name, the daughter…I didn’t know tools could procreate!) when ‘everyone’ in the world is expressing the same opinion about a given individual (or tool, in this case) and you are the only tool-let denying the opinion, chances are you’re just plain wrong.


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  23. Woody says

    I truely doubt any tears will be shed over the death of this hateful fear monger, Time for the rest of the Westboro ilk to slither under the rock from which they came

  24. Travis says

    wherever he’s buried, i would hope that the “fags” would form a human barrier to shield their family from the type of hatred that they have inflicted on others. if we have any spiritual superiors in our world, i think that’s what they’d want us to do.

  25. ali says

    DING DONG THE D!CK IS DEAD!!!!! HAHAA!!! as much as i laugh at this mans death… and i mean HYSTERICALLY! its even FUNNIER to know that i am STILL in better shape with god than the westboro church!! i find it hilarious that they think they are serving god… when in reality god is probably looking down thinking “stop saying my name!!! i dont want to be associated with you!!” LOL all these lunatics and god wanna be’s will end up in hell .. GUARENTEED!! they dismiss the entire bible and berak more”laws” to follow one?? stupid stupid people!!

  26. Nola says

    I am filled with sorrow, not because he is dead, but because he died without the understanding that, since God is Love, God is incapable offer hating anyone.

  27. Bill says

    @lucifer : so Fred ended up doing some good after all – with all those alleged people traveling cross country just to protest his funeral, the airline industry will be pulled out of the doldrums. Waiters will get more tips and cities will rake in a bundle from hotel taxes.

  28. NotHappeningInMyUSA says

    Haha,The dude got what he deserved. Hey,I have an Idea. Instead of the Westboro Baptist Church,Why don’t you call yourselves The Church of Satan & Bigotry? You damn cultists.

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