Fred Phelps, the virulently antigay preacher who drew wide, scornful attention for staging demonstrations at military funerals as a way to proclaim his belief that God is punishing America for its tolerance of homosexuality, died here on Wednesday. He was Phelps Sr.
Editor's note: To accurately portray the subject of this article and his critics, offensive language is quoted. For at least 12 years, the Rev. Fred Phelps has led his Topeka, Kansas, church on a cross-country crusade against gays and lesbians.
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P astor Fred Phelps is gone, called to glory if you believe the teachings of his hate-spewing ministry, the Westboro Baptist Church. To me it seems more likely that his remains are mouldering away somewhere, obeying the laws of physics and biology. But, either way, it seems an appropriate moment to reflect on the man and his legacy. I had some history with "Gramps", as his family and followers liked to call him.
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In this March 19, file photo, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. Phelps died late Wednesday, at the age of 84, according to one of his sons.
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Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. The Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka, Kansas -based independent fundamentalist ministry that Phelps founded inhas been called "arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America". In addition to funerals, Phelps and his followers—mostly his own immediate family members—picketed gay pride gatherings, high-profile political events, university commencement ceremonies, live performances of The Laramie Projectand functions sponsored by mainstream Christian groups with which he had no affiliation, arguing it was their sacred duty to warn others of God's anger. He continued doing so in the face of numerous legal challenges—some of which reached the U.
Fred Phelps Sr, once pastor of the infamously intolerant Westboro Baptist Church, is close to death, according to his son. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way.