Did the Westboro Baptist Church really request that the public not picket Fred Phelps' funeral? As it turns out, it might have been better off if counter-protests had indeed shown up based upon recent history.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, in response to having Royals remixed by the Westboro Baptist, Lorde asked her fans to find a WBC member of the same sex and give them a giant-sized kiss.
Reports from the Phelps family claim the former leader was excommunicated late last year and the Westboro Baptist Church is now under new management. So one report being passed around on social media made this claim:
"The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has asked the public not to picket the funeral of its founder, Pastor Fred Phelps, who died this week at 84,and 'have a little decency and respect' for his family and friends. In a statement posted on its website, the Topeka, Kan.-based church – home to America's most hated family – claimed members of the public have threatened to protest Phelps' funeral just as the church protested the funerals of others."While the last section of this report is true, the rest of it is decidedly a hoax. Parody website Daily Currant started this "news" and it's being spread around the internet despite it not being true. There's also a good chance that someone would actually carry out the threat. After all, at one point Satanists performed a ritual over the grave of Fred Phelps' mother in an attempt to turn her ghost into a lesbian. The matter was taken seriously and the Satanists who trolled the WBC were facing possible charges at one time.
The new leaders actually don't have anything to fear, though. Margie Phelps, a daughter and a current Westboro Baptist Church member, confirmed that Fred Phelps' funeral will never happen. Even then it's possible the need not have worried about the possibility. Although actual reactions to Fred Phelps' death have been quite varied, the very first counter-protest organized against the Westboro Baptist Church carried message of hope and peace. One group held a banner saying, "Live your life and be awesome." Another sign said, "Sorry for your loss."
How did the WBC members react?
"I don't even know what they mean by what they are saying."This actually mirrors a counter-protest organized when the WBC attacked several Christian churches. The response by Christians was to promote love, not hate.
What do you think about the counter-protests to the Westboro Baptist Church?