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.
The news that Phelps was excommunicated from Westboro Baptist last year surprised me as well. WBC refused to confirm the excommunication, but also said that they have no new leader of the church, because they don't have designated leaders.
It would be terribly ironic if the Phelps family demands a private funeral. Personally, I'd like to see it become a rainbow coalition event, complete with parade.