Controversial Westboro pastor dies

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died late Wednesday, a daughter of Phelps confirmed this morning.

Reached by phone in Topeka, Shirley Phelps-Roper confirmed her father had died at Midland Care Hospice.

Phelps had been in hospice care with an unknown illness. Church spokesman Steve Drain said Feb. 14 to a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter that Phelps was “healthy.”

On Sunday, he said anyone who said Fred Phelps Sr. was in poor health was not well informed.

According to son Nate Phelps, who was ousted from the group 37 years ago, Phelps Sr. was excommunicated in August 2013 from the church he founded for advocating more kindness toward its members.

The WBC is best known for anti-gay protests and picketing soldiers’ funerals.

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/20/14 - 12:18 pm
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If Steve Drain told me the

If Steve Drain told me the sun was shining, I'd go to the window and look.

Maybe now the WBC will stop its message of hate and intolerance, and stop bothering other people's funerals with their evil.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/20/14 - 12:28 pm
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"Maybe now the WBC will stop

"Maybe now the WBC will stop its message of hate and intolerance"

Let's hope so but if Phelps Sr. was excommunicated from the church last year because he was advocating more kindness, then it appears it was the members who were the leaders of the hate and intolerance. If it's true, it seems the Pastor may have had a softeninng of the heart and was trying to make some changes.

Either way, may God be with his children and family.

Darby
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Darby 03/20/14 - 12:35 pm
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"...advocating more kindness toward its members..."

Now what on earth does that mean in English? Didn't know that "church" had a problem with animosity towards anyone other than decent people, particularly our military.

I'm sure Maxwell will attend the services, "Are there gonna be snacks?"

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/20/14 - 01:05 pm
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Darby, according to Steve

Darby, according to Steve Drain's daughter who has been excommunicated years ago, she said Phelps Sr was excommunicated because he started speaking about treating others with more kindness and I suppose the other church members didn't like it.

Not sure who Maxwell is you are referring to but suppose it's really not important.

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jimmymac 03/20/14 - 01:20 pm
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WBC
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This so called church repeatedly picketed military funerals to garner cheap publicity. To even call them a church is an abomination. If you think that vile man had a shred of decency in his whole body you must be daft.

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Jake 03/20/14 - 02:26 pm
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I hope that....

.....his funeral is a calamatious and disruptive affair so his family can experience what the grieving families of our military had to endure.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/20/14 - 02:36 pm
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As much as most people would

As much as most people would love to take revenge and cause as much disruptiveness as WBC has done, two wrongs don't make a right and it only feeds more attention to this organization who defintely does not represent Christ. Not all of his family members belong or are associated with WBC or his view point but they have still lost their father and in some cases in order to represent good you have to overlook pride and let God handle the justice.

BamaMan
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BamaMan 03/20/14 - 02:51 pm
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Relax

people, he's meeting his Maker, and is finding out his eternal "reward" is not what he thought it would be. He will endure eternity with punishment that earthly beings couldn't BEGIN to match.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 03/20/14 - 03:41 pm
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I hope right now he is

I hope right now he is feeling "the heat" if there is such a place.

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rmwhitley 03/20/14 - 04:31 pm
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never has and never will be a church of God.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 03/20/14 - 04:51 pm
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"I've never wished death upon

"I've never wished death upon anyone but I have read many an obituary with a great deal of pleasure."

Clarence Darrow

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 03/20/14 - 06:03 pm
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Fred Phelps Destiny

Why do I see John Wayne Gacy, Wayne Williams, Jeffrey Dahmer and Fred Phelps at an impromptu meeting?

OJP
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OJP 03/20/14 - 07:10 pm
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This is how time will resolve the gay rights debate.

81% of Americans under 30 support them, including 61% of Republicans. In 30 years, we'll look upon the anti-gay crowd the same way we look upon the anti-desegregation crowd today.

He repented right before his death (which led to his excommunication). A shame he realized how wrong he was at the end of a lifetime of spreading hate.

corgimom
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corgimom 03/20/14 - 08:17 pm
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Hey, remember when they tried

Hey, remember when they tried to come to Aiken, and they got a "safety inspection" from the police- that just happened to last until the funeral was over?

corgimom
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corgimom 03/20/14 - 08:18 pm
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OJP, impeding death has a way

OJP, impeding death has a way of making people repent things- meaning they knew it was wrong all along.

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 03/21/14 - 12:55 am
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Mom always said

If you can't say something good about someone then say nothing.....so here's to you mom....nothing

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/21/14 - 07:50 am
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Reports that Phelps saw the

Reports that Phelps saw the errors of his ways and was rebuffed by the WBC is reminiscent of what happens when one creates a "monster" by feeding it a daily diet of hatred. When you try to change the diet to "love," it is not so palatable, and will be rejected.

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Bizkit 03/21/14 - 08:19 am
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Fight evil with good. I

Fight evil with good. I suggest all homosexuals travel to the funeral and don't be disruptive or hateful but pay their dues and respect for a man who was lost because he forgot one of Christ's "greatest commandments"-love one another. Like hot coals on their heads.

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nocnoc 03/21/14 - 10:38 am
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Controversial Westboro pastor dies

Just before Masters......HUMMMMMMMMMMMM!

An that's all I have to say about that!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 03/21/14 - 10:41 am
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OJP - 03/20/14 - 07:10 pm

Could you please site the source of your statistically quoted figures?

Darby
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Darby 03/21/14 - 11:35 am
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nocnoc - I think that you can loosely interpret

OJP's comment to mean that roughly 81 percent don't actually "hate" homosexuals.

I seldom use the word "gay" to describe homosexuals because the word really doesn't mean anything except to serve as a euphemism and euphemisms serve no purpose other than to avoid a direct interpretation.

I would fall into that 81 percent of folks that OJP is (I think) referring to, although I'm well past "under 30". Homosexuals deserve to live their lives as they see fit as long as long as they don't attempt to change the way others live.

On the other hand, lumping folks who see homosexual societal aggressiveness in the same category as anti-desegregation Neanderthals is an unforgivable stretch and nothing more than your typical "progressive" bait and switch version of distraction politics.

Not unlike this administration's attempt to hang the "War on women" label on conservatives while it has the lowest participation and lowest pay for women in years.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 03/21/14 - 12:08 pm
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http://www.pewglobal.org/2013

http://www.pewglobal.org/2013/06/04/the-global-divide-on-homosexuality/

I beleive OJP got his numbers mixed up. According to this report only 60% of US agree Homosexuality should be accepted in the US. Canada is reporting 80%.

The survey also finds that acceptance of homosexuality is particularly widespread in countries where religion is less central in people’s lives, which seems to bear truth since we find the US moving further and further away from righteous living.

OJP
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OJP 03/26/14 - 10:30 am
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nocnoc:

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2014/03/10/61-of-young-republicans-...

No, InChristLove, I am not mistaken: "Today, 61% of Republicans and Republican leaners under 30 favor same-sex marriage."

Time to retcon your positions quickly! You will be widely viewed as poorly as segregationists in no more than a decade.

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