goodbye fred

Pastor Fred PhelpsBy now, everybody has heard that “the most hated man in America” died on Wednesday night. He was 84.

Pastor Fred Phelps, the disbarred lawyer and founder of the Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka KS, won this reputation through his congregation’s notorious picketing of over 53,000 funerals of fallen soldiers and celebrity events with big, hateful/hurtful signs that said “God Hates Fags” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” The Southern Poverty Law Center said his church is “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.”

if everybody likes what you're doingOutside of members of his large family (who make up the bulk of the membership of his church), I can’t imagine that much of anybody is mourning his passing. Nobody knew better than Phelps that his death would be received with such a dry-eyed response. He inoculated his reputation for this eventuality by claiming, “If I had nobody mad at me, what right would I have to claim that I was preaching the Gospel?” Yes, but if you die with virtually everybody mad at you, somebody is wrong—and chances are, it’s you. Yet, there is so much intolerance and vitriolic hatred in America, I am sure Phelps will be missed by some.

Publications including The Washington Post and The Week have urged that we refrain from celebrating Fred Phelps’ death, and even extend our sympathy and forgiveness to the Westboro Baptist Church. They’re right, of course, although there’s a part of me that cannot resist publishing this funny picture.


I’m not a perfect person.


Groove of the Day

Listen to Freddy Martin performing “To Each His Own”


3 Responses to “goodbye fred”

  1. 1 Sam
    March 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Thank God for dead WBC!

  2. 2 Frank Manning
    March 23, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Love the pic. I’m not about to go dance on his grave, but I’m not shedding a tear for him either. Good riddance!

  3. 3 andy rea
    March 23, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    The picture is funny as hell, the same place this preacher should be!

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