The Huffington Post reports:
Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to two of his children.
His son, Timothy Phelps, confirmed to Kansas’ WIBW that Fred Phelps died “before midnight” on Wednesday. His daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, also confirmed news of the death to the Topeka Capital-Journal.
However, as in life, his death is full of controversy:
However, at least one family member seemed to dispute the reports of his siblings, as attorney Jonathan Phelps told WIBW: “Pastor Phelps is doing just fine.” The network notes this could be a spiritual reference.
“I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,” WBC spokesman Steve Drain told the Lawrence Journal-World Sunday. “He’s an old man, and old people get health problems.”
Although he wasn’t the best of human beings, and hurt so many people, those he hurt should show that they are better than him, and should not picket his funeral.
On a positive note, Phelps was expelled from his own church, because he was calling them to be kinder to each other:
He also revealed Fred Phelps had been excommunicated from the church in August 2013. The Topeka Capital-Journal later reported the excommunication occurred after he called for kinder treatment of fellow church members.
I hope that this change of heart kept going until the end, and now that he has met with the Lord, that before his departure, may had ask for forgiveness.