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04/19/2007


Westboro Counter-Protesters Hold Sign Saying 'Sorry For Your Loss' At Lorde Concert: VIDEO

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A day after Fred Phelps the founder of the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church died, the church decided to protest a Lorde concert in Kansas City for "serving herself and teaching other young people how to be indolent rebels." They also made an awesomely tone-deaf cover of Lorde's "Royals", but we digress.

SorryLorde tweeted to her fans that she wanted a counter-protest in response, but she later deleted that tweet. Nevertheless, local counter-protesters showed up to the venue holding signs reading "Sorry for your loss" and "Live your life and be awesome." 

As one protester told the KSHB news station, "I think if people are forced to have stare at [the WBC's hateful signs], they should have the option to have something good to look at." Protester Megan Coleman also said, "We realized that it wasn't so much about antagonizing them (the WBC), but sending out the counter message that we are here for people who need that message and need that positivity."

Sadly, one of the Westboro members feigned ignorance as to what the counter-protest signs were even in reference to.

See a video of the counter-protest AFTER THE JUMP...

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Estranged Son Of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps Speaks Out About His Father’s Death

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Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, has issued a statement on the death of his father, saying “I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been.”

Continued Phelps:

Nate phelpsEven more, I mourn the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community, the unfortunate target of his 23 year campaign of hate. His life impacted many outside the walls of the WBC compound, uniting us across all spectrums of orientation and belief as we realized our strength lies in our commonalities, and not our differences. How many times have communities risen up together in a united wall against the harassment of my family? Differences have been set aside for that cause, tremendous and loving joint efforts mobilized within hours…and because of that, I ask this of everyone – let his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities.

The lessons of my father were not unique to him, nor will this be the last we hear of his words, which are echoed from pulpits as close as other churches in Topeka, Kansas, where WBC headquarters remain, and as far away as Uganda. Let’s end the support of hateful and divisive teachings describing the LGBT community as “less than,” “sinful,” or “abnormal.”  Embrace the LGBT community as our equals, our true brothers and sisters, by promoting equal rights for everyone, without exception. My father was a man of action, and I implore us all to embrace that small portion of his faulty legacy by doing the same.”


Rachel Maddow on How Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church Boosted Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church's plan to demonize gay people backfired over the years, helping the cause of equality by inspiring people to manifest their support for gay rights in reaction to the church's hate.

In a 'non-obituary' for Phelps, who died this week, Rachel Maddow looks at how it all went down.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.


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.


Satanist Leader Promises to Turn Fred Phelps Gay in Posthumous 'Pink Mass' Ceremony

Lucien_greavesLucien Greaves (pictured with horns at center) — the leader of the New York-based Satanic Temple which held a "pink mass" over the grave of Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps' mother to turn her "gay for all eternity” — has promised to do the same to Fred Phelps, the founder of the infamous "God Hates Fags" church, once he dies.

In a statement to VICE Magazine, Greaves stated that he hopes that Phelps “lingers long enough to savour the full terror that must consume a mind as superstitious and bitterly haunted as his… abandoned by the only people he personally shared his spiteful and depraved sense of mission with.” Greaves then explained his plans to turn Phelps posthumously gay:

“At the time [that I turned Fred’s mother gay], I predicted that Fred hadn’t too much longer till he would pass, and I stated – in a direct tweet to the WBC – that I would be presiding over Fred’s own Pink Mass before too long. As I have made a promise to a dying man, I fully intend to do my very best to see it through, and the pomp and circumstance of this Pink Mass will surely far, far exceed that of the original event in Meridian, Mississippi.”

You may recall that Greaves also proposed and raised funds to erect a Satanic monument alongside the Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma capitol lawn.


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