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Fred Phelps, Founder Of Westboro Baptist Church Reported “Near Death”

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Fred Phelps, the founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church, is reported to be on his deathbed. Phelps, who was excommunicated from the Church in 2013, was admitted to Midland Hospice in Topeka Kansas. His estranged son, Nathan, confirmed Phelps condition in a Facebook Post, and added:

I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way.Destroyed by the monster he made.I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the the grandfather and father they loved. And I’m bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their goodbyes.

Phelps and Westboro Baptist Church made headlines by picketing the funeral of Matthew Sheppard, a University of Wyoming student that was left to die an agonizing death, tied to a fence after being tortured. Sheppard was homosexual, and Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church held a strong opposition to homosexuality, earning the nickname the “God hates f*gs Church”.

WBC is a small congregation, with about forty members. The members traveled the country and picketed the funerals of homosexual soldiers, causing then President Bush to sign the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act into law in 2006. Phelps was also personally sued by the family of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew A. Snyder, who was killed in combat.As Snyder was homosexual, Phelps and the WBC picketed his funeral. Phelps was found liable, and Snyder’s father was awarded a multi-million dollar settlement for for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The decision was reversed on appeal, and Snyder’s father was ordered to pay court costs. The court ruled that Phelps and WBC had a 1st Amendment right to picket the funeral as the protest took place not at the grave, but on a public sidewalk.

Phelps has personal feuds with Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the WBC congregation picketed a 1997 inaugural ball in Clinton’s honor. Phelps initially supported Al Gore in the 1988 primary election, but withdrew his support for Gore when the Vice President changed his position on gay rights. Phelps and the WBC picketed Gore’s father’s funeral, screaming obscenities. Phelps also supported Saddam Hussein, calling him, in a letter, “the only Muslim state that allows the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ to be freely and openly preached on the streets”

Phelps also feels that President Obama is the anti Christ:

“Barack Obama is the Antichrist, and is leading doomed america to her final destruction and the destruction of the world! We’re not talking some vague, nebulus postulation, we’re talking plain, straight Bible talk backed up by an overwhelming amount of real evidence – on the ground!”

Phelps is 85; the WBC has not commented on his health.

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26 Responses to “Fred Phelps, Founder Of Westboro Baptist Church Reported “Near Death””

  1. Timothy Dolen

    They don't picket the funerals of "homosexual soldiers." They picket the funerals of any soldier because they fight for a country that accepts homosexuality. In a way, they do more to de-legitimize opposition to "gay rights" than any other force. Not just hateful, but moronic and hateful.

  2. Dora Tr

    He is definitely going to hell. It s sad that morons like this one uses a religion to fight his personal battles.

  3. Journey Basic

    Sorry I am bigger than that, let him die in peace, he will meet his forever fate soon.

  4. Tracy Patterson

    I agree with a few others, that if they do picket his funeral, it should be with signs that say "we forgive you", other then that, I think being bigger, and not making a huge fuss about it is probably the right way to face this. If you plan on picketing, don't be hateful, if you can't refrain from being hateful, then don't picket.

  5. Michelle R. Knight

    Wouldn't hurt my feelings if he keeled over right NOW! Self righteous prick should rot in hell! What makes him any better than anyone else. JUDGE NOT, LEST YEE BE JUDGED. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!!

  6. Michelle R. Knight

    Wouldn't hurt my feelings if he keeled over right NOW! Self righteous prick should rot in hell! What makes him any better than anyone else. JUDGE NOT, LEST YEE BE JUDGED. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it!!

  7. William Dean Luke

    Fred Phelps left his "Church" when he realized they were wrong for how they treat people…and for how they went from being a church to being a "Church" full of lawyers and ne'er-do-wells who goad peopel into attacking them so they can sue the pants off of them…He realized the error of his ways and repented of those sins…

    Why don't people see that? We give second chances to people every day…so why not give a second chance to a man who deserves one just as much as the rest of us if he's sincere in his repentence..don't forget that his "church" excommunicated him, and several of his family members, for disagreeing with their evil methods..

  8. William Dean Luke

    Fred Phelps left his "Church" when he realized they were wrong for how they treat people…and for how they went from being a church to being a "Church" full of lawyers and ne'er-do-wells who goad peopel into attacking them so they can sue the pants off of them…He realized the error of his ways and repented of those sins…

    Why don't people see that? We give second chances to people every day…so why not give a second chance to a man who deserves one just as much as the rest of us if he's sincere in his repentence..don't forget that his "church" excommunicated him, and several of his family members, for disagreeing with their evil methods..

  9. William Dean Luke

    Kris Hartley this happened a couple of years ago…there were small news blurbs about it here and there, but no major headlines.

  10. Heather Bradley

    No it didn't happen a couple of years ago – he got excommunicated in August of last year – about 7 months ago.

  11. Heather Bradley

    And yes – of course the media's not going to tell us that – because then we wouldn't hate them so much maybe.

  12. Phil Champagne

    expecting people to just immediately forgive someone like him at the drop of a hat is a very tall order. As a species, we're imperfect that way; we hold on to memories, grudges, we give people a second chance but we're often slow to do so. Can you forgive Hitler, the go-to guy for comparisons to evil?Would you be able to tell him 'It's okay, man, we're cool, no worries brah'? That's difficult, and he's been dead for 70 years. This guy didn't do anything near as criminal, and he can at least be comforted in knowing that even after all of this, he's been forgiven by God, but it may take some time for alot of people to forgive him, But they will, when they're ready.

  13. Stephen Caprio

    I CHOOSE TO PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF HIS SOUL. MY CATHOLIC TEACHINGS ARE NOT TO JUDGE FOR GOD WILL DO THAT IN GOD'S TIME. MY MOST SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY DURING THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME OF MOURNING!

  14. William Dean Luke

    Phil Champagne COmparing Phelps to Hitler is like comparing cake to garbage…

    Hitler killed millions of people…Phelps didn't kill anyone…

    But I see where you're going with this. Also, I know I read somewhere about Fred Phelps a couple of years ago leaving the Church..maybe he was only excommunicated last year, but I know I read ~something~ about him leaving the church roughly 2 years ago..

    The problem is that he didn't have a lot of time left to ~show~ that he'd repented…and now the "Church" is trying to keep his children from seeing him? What the hell…I've heard of evil in my day, but this is just fuckin' callous and unforgivable of them..

  15. Caitlin Cushing

    I dont care he's dying. Im not about to "take the moral high ground" so fuck that. The only people I feel bad for in this fucked up family are those of his kids who left the church for good reasons

  16. Brenda Marshall

    PEOPLE SAY HIS CHURCH THREW HIM OUT BECAUSE HE DID NOT HATE LIKE THEY DID BUT IT WAS HE THEIR LEADER THAT INITIATED THE PROTESTS AND HE NOT ONLY PROTESTED OUR MILITARY MEN AND WOMEN HE PROTESTED THOSE WHO STOOD BY GAY FRIENDS. HE WAS A MAN WHO WAS FULL OF HATE AND HIS HATE HURT MANY MANY FAMILIES, BUT THE BOTTOM LINE IS HE WILL BE THE ONE TO ANSWER TO GOD FOR HIS HATE NONE OF US HAVE THE RIGHT TO JUDGE HIM BUT WE DO HAVE THE RIGHT TO INGNORE HIM AND NOT GIVE HIS DEATH OR HIS FUNERAL ANY ATTENTION AS HE CAME INTO THIS WORLD ALONE LET HIM LEAVE IT ALONE

  17. Ruth Kirk

    They should all go to Hell! He is Evil and so are the rest that go to his church.

  18. Arneson Tara

    This is what happens when people read the Bible litteraly and
    Don't even bother to study history it helps if you know the culture
    And time when the Bible was being written. Also God is big enough
    To take care of himself he doesn't need anyone to fight his battles
    All we are suppose to do is show Jesus Christ love to the world
    And if someone is sinning God will change their hearts' its not our job
    To point out their sins' just love them.

  19. Miinnie Bjornson

    Correct, but the thing to do is to line up on the street and pray for his soul, and the other Westboro-ists that we real Christians are trying be closer to God than they will ever be.

  20. David Sanders

    I wouldnt picket his funeral… I wouldnt give anyone the satisfaction of knowing that I cared.