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.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.