Last week’s QOTW speculated that Fred Phelps might have had something of a change of heart before shuffling off this mortal coil.
Last week, Fred Phelps’ son posted on Facebook that his father, the longtime head of the notoriously venomous Westboro Baptist Church — famous for protesting military and other high-profile funerals and events with neon “God Hates Fags” signs — was “now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka.” Despite Drain’s attempts to downplay the severity of Phelps’s condition, it was reported Tuesday that the 84-year-old Phelps had passed away.
Most intriguing about Nate Phelps’s Facebook post was not the news that an octogenarian’s health was failing, but that Fred Phelps Sr., who founded the hatemongering church in 1955 and turned his progeny into some of the loudest and most despised people in America, had been excommunicated last summer.
“Drain” is Steve Drain, who may have orchestrated that excommunication and installed himself in Westboro’s seat of power.
Still, this might be the single most salient thing said about the demise of Mr Phelps:
#FredPhelpsMeetsGod "No you dumbass, I said 'I hate FIGS.'"
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 17, 2014
(Via Miss Cellania.)