The anti-gay Kansas preacher, Fred Phelps Sr., is living out his last days in a hospice care facility near his Topeka church, a spokesman of his church revealed on March 16.
Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, has been admitted to a hospice facility and is “on the edge of death,” his estranged son, Nathan Phelps revealed in a post on his Facebook page.
Fed Phelps: Anti-Gay Preacher Nearing Death
“I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps Sr., pastor of the ‘God Hates F**s’ Westboro Baptist Church — is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice in Topeka, Kansas,” Nathan posted to Facebook.
Steve Drain, a Westboro Church spokesman, confirmed on March 16 that Phelps is in ill-health and probably will not make it out the bed to picket anything ever again.
“I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,” Steve said. “He’s an old man and old people get health problems.”
“I’m not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made,” Nathan added in his Facebook post. “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.”
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The 84-year-old preacher founded the small Kansas church in 1955. The church gained national attention by picketing with hatful signs, funerals, public events, and businesses. The signs often contained messages attacking gay people, Jews, and others.
Additionally, Westboro Church members frequently protest at the funerals of American soldiers with signs that said “Thank God for dead soldiers” and “Thank God for 9/11,” claiming the deaths are God’s punishment for the country’s tolerance of homosexuality.
The church’s actions were so horrendous that they inspired a federal law limiting protests at funerals for soldiers along with numerous state restrictions on picketing at funeral sites.
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— Bryant Perkins