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Fred Phelps’ Dying Words: ‘I Do It With Boys’ And Other Magic Moments In The Westboro Baptist Church

by | 22nd, March 2014



FRED Phelps, the man whose catchphrase was “god hates fags” and whose media-savvy Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas  commandeered the dead and famous for their own self-promotion, is dead.

Across the Church’s website and its “sisters sites”,,,, and, tributes are flowing.

It can’t be too long before a couple meet on  and name their first son Fred Phelps. And, yes, the WBC dating Petri Dish exists:



On the WBC website, beneath the title “Your Dashed Hopes”, we are invited the lament the 84-year-old’s passing:

The world-wide media has been in a frenzy during the last few days, gleefully anticipating the death of Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. It has been an unprecedented, hypocritical, vitriolic explosion of words…

It’s like every journalist in the world simultaneously set aside what little journalistic integrity they have, so that they could wait breathlessly for a rumor to publish: in-fighting, succession plans, and power struggles, oh my! How shameful! You’re like a bunch of little girls on the playground waiting for some gossip!

And then as God shows Phelps the final message on the last placard, the WBC issues a statement:

“This is a very difficult time for us, so we ask that the public have a little decency and respect by allowing us to mourn a great man who served God and tried to protect America from the threat of fags and perverts (i.e. gays and U.S. soldiers).”

As  Peter Kaufman‏  puts it:

The Westboro Baptist Church has upped the definition of chutzpah, for all eternity.

It is, of course, the last desperate stunt of a dead man. Without Phelps, the Church is rudderless.

What we really want to see are not millions of people protesting the death of a traveling sideshow, but the great man’s death bed confession “I like doin’ it

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