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What Is Antisemitic Cult Leader Fred Phelps Experiencing Right Now?

The Democrat politician and notorious purveyor of anti-gay and anti-American vitriol is dead.

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March 20, 2014 - 9:00 am

Pastor Fred Phelps pictured in 1998

USA Today: Fred Phelps, anti-gay Westboro Baptist founder, dies

Fred Phelps Sr., a fierce opponent of homosexuality whose protests at military funerals prompted two federal laws, died early Thursday, his daughter Margie Phelps says. She didn’t give the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care. He was 84.

Phelps headed the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., and was occasionally involved in politics. He gained national prominence for organizing protests against gays and Jews, including at military funerals.

From the ADL:

The Topeka, Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is a small virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group that regularly stages protests around the country, often several times a week. The group pickets institutions and individuals they think support homosexuality or otherwise subvert what they believe is God’s law.

Incorporated in 1967 as a not-for-profit organization, WBC considers itself an “Old School (or Primitive)” Baptist Church. WBC’s leader is Fred Phelps and several of his children and dozens of his grandchildren appear to constitute the majority of the group’s members. WBC has no official affiliation with mainstream Baptist organizations.

While WBC members have protested at Jewish institutions over the years, such institutions were not a major focus for the group until April 2009. Since then, WBC has targeted dozens of Jewish institutions around the country, from Israeli consulates to synagogues to Jewish community centers, distributing anti-Semitic fliers to announce planned protests at these sites. WBC has also been sending volumes (in some cases dozens over the course of a week) of faxes and emails with anti-Semitic and anti-gay messages to various Jewish institutions and individuals.

In addition, in April 2010, the group began mailing a virulently anti-Semitic DVD to Jewish organizations and leaders. The DVD also attacks President Obama, describing him as the anti-Christ, and is filled with anti-gay and anti-Catholic vitriol.

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Kathy Shaidle, September 13, 2011: Ever seen those ‘God Hates Fags’ guys and wondered: why doesn’t somebody mess with those mo-fos?

Well, guess what I did at the WTC?

If you were born in the middle of the 1960s, the Manson family imprinted themselves on your brain.

The girls looked like this.

I finally saw, up close, those (registered Democrat) Fred Phelps “family” members, with their “God Hates Fags” signs, outside the WTC memorial ceremony.

We wandered over to the location, knowing it was invitation only, but got as close as we could to the loudspeakers and giant TV, outside of Brown Brothers Harriman.

So did the Phelps gang.

They are the Manson girls.

I am not joking.

Same long straight brown hair, although mostly casually “up” in ponytails that morning.

And worst: the same creepy, post-orgasmic, beatific smile of every gnostic heretic; the one that says, “I know something you don’t know: God loves me SO much more than you.”

[....]

The cops told them to pack up. They put their signs back into the extra large black artist portfolio cases I now know they carry them in.

And the cops herded them away. Right past me.

So I stuck out my foot and tripped one of the girls.

Yeah, it felt fabulous.

She recovered herself, put her weird “I’m in a cult” smile back on and said, “Ha! Subtle!”

(This from a chick who’d been holding a “You will eat your babies” (?) sign.)

Her friend behind her, this old hag who looked like if the school librarian who’d been trapped in a fire, got in my face and with the most twisted expression you can imagine growled:

“You’ll go to hell for all your violence!”

“See you there,” I managed to croak.

Read the whole thing.

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images via The Guardian and ADL

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There are two reasons that I hope Phelps is experiencing God's infinite grace.
1. I hope to experience it myself in turn and that means I need to hope everyone gets it.
2. It will either give him the guilts or cheese him off no end.
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Fred Phelps is experiencing the same thing all of us will experience: Death, judgment, heaven or hell. We will all live once, then die and face Divine Judgment. Those who have died in a state of mortal sin will face eternal wrath, and those who die in a state of grace, love and friendship with God, shall experience eternal peace.

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We can judge a person's actions, but we can't judge the person just like we can hate the sin but not the sinner. Only God knows our hearts enough to determine where we belong at the end of it all and what we have earned, and only God is just enough and loving enough to look at someone who may have done thoroughly despicable things all their life only to repent, truly repent at the last moment and be able to wash that away and make them anew and fully forgive. We're imperfect and tend to have trouble looking past what was done.

So, wherever he is today, I believe Phelps is receiving his just reward. For us, it's time to move on and put him behind us.
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He spent his dying days excommunicated from the church he built, and alone. His family couldn't visit him on his deathbed upon pain of excommunication themselves.

As Penn Jilette said in his last "Penn's Sunday School" broadcast, it's a tragic situation for anyone, please don't gloat. He'll be dead soon enough, let's not be ghouls.
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The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy, introduced the SEP field. SEP = "Somebody Else's Problem" SEP field protected things, like trash in communal areas or unwashed dishes are effectively invisible.

So far as I'm concerned, the entire question of Fred Phelps' afterlife is an SEP now.
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Whatever it is, he isn't going to like it, and I'm certain he now knows the error of his ways.
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Lots of country hip hop.
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Mebbe he is busy organizing a coffee clatch with Mao, Staln and Hitler so he's unavailable for comment right now.
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As late as 1998, 15,233 (14.72%) Democrats voted to make Phelps governor of their state. Just saying....
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There are two reasons that I hope Phelps is experiencing God's infinite grace.
1. I hope to experience it myself in turn and that means I need to hope everyone gets it.
2. It will either give him the guilts or cheese him off no end.
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Mmmm toasty!
Was my first thought.
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