Should He Die, No Funeral for Fred Phelps?

By Central Voice

Should Fred Phelps die, will he have a funeral?

Should the LGBT community and their allies protest his funeral like he, and the children he taught, did so many times?

Estranged son of Fred Phelps, Nathan Phelps, has reported on his Facebook page that his father is near death. Fred Phelps founded the Westboro Baptist Church known for its “God Hates Fags” and other signs carried when they protested funerals and other events.

Meanwhile, as word swirls around cyberspace on Phelps’ worsening medical condition, some LGBT activists and advocates are calling for a protest of Phelps’ funeral in the event he dies. Other members of the LGBT community are advising caution.

Fred Phelps

Fred Phelps

Last February, Marge Phelps, Phelps’ daughter, told Huffington Post editor Nick Wing that memorials were not in line with their church policy. Although memorials are not within their church’s policy, given the number of times the Phelps’ family has shown up at the funerals and memorials of others, it is apparently within their church’s policy to protest funerals and memorials.

Does Fred Phelps remain a member of the church he founded?

In his Facebook posting, Nathan wrote:
I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the “church” back in August of 2013. In response to the question, “Has Fred Phelps been ‘excluded’ from membership at Westboro Baptist Church?” the church wrote, “Membership issues are private.”

Members of the Phelps family showed up in 2004 when the film “Jim in Bold” was screened at the Pennsylvania State Museum. Hundreds of LGBT and allied individuals also showed up to form a human ring around the museum in order to provide for a peaceful way for moviegoers to make entrance.


2 Responses to “Should He Die, No Funeral for Fred Phelps?”

  1. Ann Kemper Says:

    The LGBTQ community should model the love which they wish others would show them. No one should protest Fred’s funeral. Be an example to the world of what God’s love really means.

  2. Jan Reynolds Says:

    God will deal with this man, I don’t have to. Hate is not what Jesus taught us to do. I’m not here to judge anyone although he judged everyone as more or less, worthless garbage who was homosexual. I don’t hate anyone, I just feel it very unkind of any church to act in the manner they do. I look at how the servicemen and police shot innocent people at Kent State College but where was everyone at when this type of thing was going on? I’m sorry, this was wrong.

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