Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas, is reportedly near death. Here’s what you need to know.
1. He Was Admitted into Hospice
Phelps was admitted into a Midland Hospice house in Shawnee County, Kansas hospice.
Steve Drain, Westboro Baptist Church spokesman, told Wichita’s KAKE:
“I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,” Drain said. “He’s an old man and old people get health problems.”
2. He is 84-Years Old
Phelps was born November 13, 1929 and founded Westboro Baptist in 1955.
3. He Was Excommunicated From His Own Church in August 2013
His estranged son, Nate Phelps, posted on his Facebook page yesterday:
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. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made.
I feel sad for all the hurt he’s caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved. And I’m bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.
4. Westboro is Known for Protesting Military Funerals
Among protesting military funerals, which has caused states to pass laws against protesting near cemeteries, Westboro Baptist members are also vehemently against gay rights and are known for their slogan of “God Hates Fags.”
5. The Church Continues On
Since Westboro Baptist has continued to function since Phelps’ dismissal last summer, it can be assumed it’s not the end of the hate group.