Victim of Forgotten HopeForum bystander
26th April 2004
Founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing US military funerals and protesting with anti-gay slogans. They usually used any disaster to gain media publicity by offending the relatives of the victims. I guess sometimes it was hard to figure out whether they were for real or can someone be so full of bitter hate.
Earlier I would have guessed that the WBC would get less aggressive without Fred Phelps who was the leader, but apparently Fred was excommunicated last year so the younger ones probably aren't that much better.
That CNN article also had an interesting bit of information that as a lawyer Fred Phelps's law firm did many civil rights cases for blacks in Kansas in the 1960s.
Former Network Admin and Former Forum Admin
26th July 2005
This guy was a vile example of a human being however I do hope that he has found the peace that he obviously couldn't find in life. As for the so called church he left behind they should be classified as a hate organisation and there hateful messages removed and picketers arrested for hate crimes. It is people like that that make me uneasy to be a white, straight man living in a Christian country.
24th October 2007
I don't like being judge, jury, and executioner.... but he deserved to die.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
It's hard to feel much one way or the other about it for me. At the end of the day, while I think they're pretty low people, they're mostly just people I think of as, 'Desperate folks who don't matter very much.'
-shrug- If there's some world after this, I hope he, and everyone else, find happiness there.
You can't fire me, I quit
16th April 2005
There is speculation on the possible pretext for his "excommunication" - apparently he was getting soft in his old age; Fred Phelps Was Reportedly Excommunicated From Westboro Baptist Church For Advocating A 'Kinder Approach' Fred Phelps wasn't in any way essential to the running of the church so it's doubtful his death will have much of an impact in the short term. That being said, this supposed "power struggle" between his daughter and the male church elders that previously elected him might be a bigger deal. I've heard that the cult has been losing its grip on its members (aka. mostly their own brainwashed children) over recent years, so you have to wonder about the policy of casting important members out left and right over disagreements. Not that the WBC was ever particularly important in the grand scheme of things, aside from providing society with a highly visible microcosm of extreme religious fanaticism and brainwashing. I feel sorry for them, really. Mental disorders are clearly at work in some of the older generation and the younger members can't be blamed for growing up in a cult.