Fred Phelps Dying, Destroyed By the Monster He Made

Abby Zimet

Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap: Fred Phelps, the zealot who organized the hate-filled, gay-obsessed fringe group of sociopaths known as Westboro Baptist Church, is in hospice care "on the edge of death," having been ex-communicated from his own "church" this summer, ejected from his own residence, rejected by a growing number of his descendants, and barred from seeing them amidst sniping by the rest of his sad sick little clan. Reporting the news, Phelps' long-estranged son Nathan, now a vocal LGBT advocate who speaks about tolerance, religion and child abuse, called it "terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way." Understandably, many responded with glee to the news of the impending death of a vituperative man who spawned so much hatred, with a Fred Phelps Death Watch popping up on Facebook. But actor, activist and class act George Takei had a more nuanced response, proclaiming he took "no solace or joy in this man's passing."

"We will not dance upon his grave, nor stand vigil at his funeral holding 'God Hates Freds' signs, tempting as it may be. He was a tormented soul, who tormented so many. Hate never wins out in the end. It instead goes always to its lonely, dusty end."


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