Fred Phelps is 'near death'. How do you feel about that?

Anti-LGBT hate monger and Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps is in the hospital. His son describes him as "near death".

How do you feel about that?

 

 

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I'd hope Fred passes on with less vitriol in his heart than he had shown us over the last decades. In terms of the church, Shirley Phelps-Roper seems to have been holding the reins for some time. I expect little to change, though perhaps losing a patriarch will create a little more room for a few of the children brought up in that environment to wiggle free. Then again, maye it will just reinforce their sense of community and duty to the WBC. I don't understand the little world they live in.

...Shirley Phelps-Roper seems to have been holding the reins for some time.

Phelps-Roper has a different kind of loony star power than her old man. When Fox "News" gives her airtime she makes other anti-LGBT crackpots like Sean Hannity look almost high-minded.

"Sean Hannity look like almost high-minded."

Gotta disagree. Granted, her world view is sick; but, given that, she spoke as calmly and to-the-point as possible considering the two-pronged attack she was under and she acquitted herself far more consistently than either of her persecutors. They both fell into a panic of outrage and, in doing so, sacrificed any modicum of respectability they may have claimed. 

She won!

I don't know her from a bar of soap but I think I would be more likely to have a civilized conversation with her about atheism than I could ever imagine having with Hannity.

That's a reasonable assessment based on that interview, but I've seen quite a bit of Shirley, and the odds are you'd always get the same response she gave Hannity. That's how she talks to everyone regardless of the treatment she receives.

Speculating quite a bit here, I think Fred was more of an opportunist than anything. He's a manipulator, and having a small group under his control was more important that having a coherent message. Shirley may trend closer to a true believer type, making her the more imposing of the two. It's not clear to me what she believes -- I doubt it's what she preaches --, but it seems like there is something powerful compelling her to push on.

As I said though, speculation.

"you'd always get the same response" - 

Undoubtedly, I'm just  suggesting that, despite her horrible, hate-filled convictions, she still has more class than Hannity.

Ah. Could be. Hannity is one of those types where his words just don't tend to register with me. Something about him just sceams out that nothing interesting is forthcoming when he talks.

Gallup: "[Phelps-Roper] makes other anti-LGBT crackpots like Sean Hannity look almost high-minded."

MikeLong: Gotta disagree. Granted, her world view is sick; but, given that, she spoke as calmly and to-the-point as possible considering the two-pronged attack she was under and she acquitted herself far more consistently than either of her persecutors.

Hannity and Phelps-Roper are both sick. They share the same religiously-motivated anti-LGBT sentiment. The difference is a matter of approach and degrees. 

A homely, severe-looking Shirley Phelps-Roper, citing the theology of a small church, attacks gays using crude signs displayed at funerals.

A dapper, smiling Sean Hannity, citing the theology of a big church, attacks gays using priests displayed at television viewers. (And invites Phelps-Roper onto his show to express her views.)

Anti-LGBT discrimination is Anti-LGBT discrimination.

Hannity just does it with more polish, bigger audiences and by citing a more popular religion to attack a less popular one. Note he's attacking Phelps-Roper for picketing funerals and applauding the death of innocents, not because he disagrees with her anti-LGBT discrimination.

 (Note: Start the video at 30 seconds. The first part is messed up.)

Maybe there's a special place for him in Hell!

I thought he was already among the "Living Dead." If his death in any way contributes to the realization that religion is anything but the answer then I bode him a fond farewell.

Where's his funeral going to be? We need to do something. Picket it or arrive with a pretty girl to play Ride of the Valkyries on a tuba.

And at the graveyard, I'd like to get a gothic bellydancer like Rachel Brice to dance nearby as he's interred.

 

And at the graveyard, I'd like to get a gothic bellydancer like Rachel Brice to dance nearby as he's interred.

Superb!

I'm sure all sorts of special events are in the works, since Fred Phelps made dead people and grave sites fair game. For instance, I'm sure the Satantic Temple will make Phelps gay in the afterlife using the same ceremony they used to make Phelps' mother a posthumous lesbian. (NSFW)

"The Satanic Temple now believes that Fred Phelps must believe that his mother is now gay, in the afterlife, due to our Pink Mass... And nobody can challenge our right to our beliefs."

For instance, I'm sure the Satantic Temple will make Phelps gay in the afterlife using the same ceremony they used to make Phelps' mother a posthumous lesbian. (NSFW)

Did I call it or what?

"Lucien Greaves, Satanic Temple Spokesperson, Claims He Will Turn Fred Phelps Gay After Death"

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