Nate Phelps, the son of anti-gay extremist Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and “Gods Hate Fags” posted on his Facebook page Saturday night that father Fred is near death in a local hospice in Topeka, Kansas.
I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.
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 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 good-byes.
Patheos has confirmed that the post is real with Phelps himself and furthermore that Family members who were excommunicated from the church have been told they cannot see Fred. Fred himself was, by this notice and now being revealed, excommunicated from his own church last year. No one knows why and probably ever will.
Nate Phelps left the family “compound” in 1976 at the age of 18. Since 2004, many of Fred’s thirteen children and extended family members have escaped from his indoctrination and his cult — 20 of them to be exact, and according to one report, three-quarters of them were under the age of 30.
With the 84 year old Phelp’ s passing will come the debate among us weather to make a larger statement and picket his eventual funeral or ignore it and turn the other cheek. And where I’d usually say because of the pain and suffering he and his “church” have caused so many by their hateful words and actions that some grand statement should be made. Perhaps Phelp’s funeral itself should get all the attention it deserves. Ignore it completely.
Let the silence be deafening. And may he rot quick, and be forgot even quicker.
Satan, table for one.