Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84



TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of a Kansas church known for anti-gay protests and pickets at military funerals, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps says Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn’t give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

Phelps founded the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, though most the small church’s members are part of his extended family.

Their activities inspired a federal law on funeral picketing and laws in more than 40 states. But in a major free-speech ruling in 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the church and its members couldn’t be sued for damages.

Phelps’ church preached that deaths of U.S. military personnel were God’s punishment for the nation’s tolerance of homosexuality.

  • pickering

    he knows the truth now.

  • Good Bye!

    Good Riddance

  • herding_turtles

    It’s unfortunate that his death does not mean the end of the hate he has instilled in his church/family. Although one less hateful and evil person is this world is not a bad thing.

  • Joe Nasty

    ha… HA…..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! I wonder if there’s a physical exam to get into Heaven? Think he’d pass the prostate exam?

    • Guie LeDeuche

      I don’t think that would bother him. I heard he use to check his own. : /

  • pb

    My only regret is that this clown’s timely death brings those losers back into the spotlight again.

  • mike teriyaki

    Went to high school with this man. RIP buddy see ya in heaven. He was a great family man and thats more than what most people look up to anymore on your fake reality tv shows. Drink one with God for me

    • thu patriot

      Mr. Phelps was a misunderstood man of wisdom who didn’t live long enough. See you in heaven buddy

    • Lefty54

      Drink one with God? That is funny. There is a line to drink with God. St. Michael the Archangel is the bouncer and asks everyone a question- “Did you ever picket the funeral of soldiers who died fighting for their country?”
      After your “buddy” answers that question he will need a asbestos underwear.

      • mike teriyaki

        Lucky for everybody, God forgives us our sins and unfortunatly it is not your decision. Never will be. If Phelps isn’t first in line then I don’t know who should.

        • Guie LeDeuche

          Hitler? I’m guessing Hitler. Did I win anything? Its gotta be ol’ Adolf; he was such a prankster.

          • mike teriyaki

            Yes hitler will be there as well my friend, if God chooses

          • guest1

            The message Fred spread was of a vengeful god and now all of the sudden he is a forgiving God? Isn’t that convenient.

    • Chief59

      Family man? Since when does a “family man” excommunicate and cut ties to family members who don’t buy his brand of hatefulness and bs? If that’s being a great family man, then I’m sticking with my family that loves and respects each other, regardless of beliefs.

  • Stop the hate

    I’m not judgmental when it comes to people. You can be gay, african-american or white, rich or poor, religious or atheist, etc and I’ll treat you just the same. But when you take those beliefs so far that you physically intrude on a funeral and picket in a group, that’s just not right. Takes a person with a really really small heart to do something like that. Even the grinch’s heart is bigger than his I bet.