Skip to comments.Fred Phelps legacy: Should Westboro Baptist founder be picketed when he dies?
Posted on 03/18/2014 12:46:45 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
With reports that Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is near death, some gay-rights advocates are conflicted. In the end, they say, his actions actually helped their cause.
For most of the past 20 years, gay Americans dreaded Fred Phelps Sr. and the God hates fags pickets by members of his Westboro Baptist Church, a congregation that believes that disciples who do not attack those they see as sinful will themselves be punished by God.
But amid reports that Mr. Phelps is now seriously ill at a Topeka, Kan., hospice facility, some religion experts and gay activists are suggesting that the gay rights movement may ultimately owe Phelps a debt of gratitude for his leadership of one of the most controversial small churches in America.
Instead of turning America against gays and same-sex unions, they argue, Phelps may have instead helped to draw attention to the subject of religious intolerance and its impact on fellow Americans.
We should give thanks for [Fred Phelps] gift to American society, writes Mark Silk, a religion professor Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. So whats the gift? Its that he made religious hostility to homosexuality repulsive.
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I won’t lower myself to his level. I won’t celebrate either. When he’s gone he’s gone.
For a dude with about 17 followers, Phelps sure gets a lot of attention and reaction.
Take the bastard out behind the barn and shoot him.
But puhlease, to all those who pile on to Fred Phelps whenever his name and Westboro BC comes up, could you now pay some attention Islam?
I would ignore him. That is what he deserves.
Can’t use Islam to defame Christianity, so they concentrate on Phelps.
He should be ignored - totally. Sent to the grave as an after thought and a bad lingering taste nobody cares waste any further energy on.
He should be ignored for eternity.
He would probably like that. That is good enough reason to stay away.
They get their money by suing governmental entities that pass laws to try and keep them away from funerals. They did that in Sarpy County Nebraska a couple of years ago. It came out in the paper that they had a whole string of lawsuits and won most of them.
By using their tactics you only elevate them into the realm of “acceptable”.
Exactly. The best way to punish attention whores is to ignore them.
I agree with you. Why stoop to his level?
I hope his service gets picketed by the families of Fallen Hroes.
Then his body is feed to pigs.
If your thinking generally follows that of Phelps (in principle, if not in the particulars), then his funeral should be similarly treated as he and his followers treated others. Certainly.
It will be interesting to see who does, or does not, think much the same as Phelps.
Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket his funeral, since he was excommunicated from the church.
His daughter calls Phelps a fag-loving whore (her words) and says he deserves it.
Fred Phelps legacy: Should Westboro Baptist founder be PICKLED when he dies?.............
Contemptuous silence for the man is the best revenge. Like he never existed.
“he made religious hostility to homosexuality repulsive”
Not exactly, but it sure makes it harder to avoid being called a kook for not wanting sexual deviants to take boys in the woods overnight.
Nope ... ignored would be better.
“His daughter calls Phelps a fag-loving whore (her words) and says he deserves it.”
Seriously?! That’s some weapons-grade crazy right there.
What he did was wrong so I don’t see how behaving like he did would be right, however, if he and his group protested at one of my loved one’s funerals, I wouldn’t hold myself to such a noble standard.
It’s an interesting question, but probably moot. He is going to get picketed. It’s just a matter of how big.
WBC does not believe in having funerals or memorials because “We don’t worship the dead in this church, so there’d be no public memorial or funeral to picket if any member died.”
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And the fire is not quenched."
This is a confirmation of my theory that Westboro is a “False Flag Operation”.
We are not to pass judgement. I pray he finds Jesus before he dies.
However the world would be a better place without his family doing what they do.
RE: This is a confirmation of my theory that Westboro is a False Flag Operation.
To what end?
Westboro Baptist Church To Protest Fred Phelps’ Funeral, Says Daughter
And this post in the thread ...
In my opinion, to cause the ordinary American to assume that Christians are evil, nasty, hateful people.
It is documented that Phelps hobnobbed with Al Gore and is a Democrat. Yet, the face they project is that they are Right-Wing Christians who hate homosexuals, our military, and America in general.
That’s what I meant by “False Flag Operation”. I think that is the correct term for it.
100 percent NO!
To mimic the actions of an insane person makes you insane too.
Do not stoop to the antics of this group of nuts.
I have met the Phelps’ in counter protest.
I will be praying for the repose of his soul and pray that he receives forgiveness before he dies.
Jesus demands nothing less.
Then came Peter unto him and said: Lord, how often shall my brother offend against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Jesus saith to him: I say not to thee, till seven times; but till seventy times seven times.
Anyone or anything telling us to celebrate or be happy that someone is potentially lost to Hell is not of God.
“...For a dude with about 17 followers, Phelps sure gets a lot of attention and reaction .”
Just like the queer 3% of the population.
Fred Phelps is a Democrat activist. He was soundly anti-Iraq war and has served to taint the protests against the norming of homosexuality and has event tainted public perceptions of "Christianity".
His family's lawyer cult is a sham.
Of course the Lavender Mafia owes Fred Phelps (friend of Al Gore) a debt of gratitude. He was the boogeyman they needed to claim a "climate of homophobia". They worked together in league with Satan.