Should We Celebrate Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps’ Death?

10148671_10152287107682489_1822544127_oThe Westboro Baptist Church is quite possibly the most hateful, disgusting, pathetic grouping of bottom-feeding parasites I’ve ever witnessed.  They are the epitome of what a “hate group” is.  They’re vile, wretched and I’ve always said that while I never wish ill on anyone – if something horrific happened to these people, I wouldn’t feel bad.

Well, as most people know, recent news has broke that Fred Phelps is now on his deathbed (or could be dead by the time this posts) according to his son.  Not only that, he was kicked out of the very hate group he founded.

Speculation as to why he was kicked out of his own hate group has gone from members finding out that he was secretly gay to a possible change of heart as he approached his death.

But no matter the reason why, his daughter has now claimed that the Westboro Baptist Church will protest his funeral, saying, “My dad Pastor Fred Phelps is a hell bound f*g enabling whore.”  So it’s clear something quite substantial happened within the last year.

As this news has picked up steam, the question that many have asked is, “Should we celebrate his death?”

Now I’ll admit, it would be very easy to do.  The man was an absolute monster.  The heinous things he’s said and done are some of the most detestable acts of “free speech” that most of us will ever encounter.

But as I know he lays there on his death bed, I actually just feel pity.

I don’t know what led Phelps to be the person he was.  But I do know, at his end, he’s going to die alone – hated (and protested) by the very monsters he created.

And while it’s easy to celebrate his death (I can’t judge anyone who does) I just feel that the best way to prove that we’re better people is to be better than he would have been.

Personally, I pity him.  For the way he led his life.  For what caused him to be the way that he was.  For the hate that filled his heart.  For the life he wasted living in such perpetual misery and loathing.  For the fact that on his death bed, even his own children hate him.

So, should some celebrate?  Sure, go ahead.  I wouldn’t blame anyone who did.  Heck, I thought hearing the news I’d want to celebrate myself.  Though, once I heard it, all I felt was pity.  I believe that Fred Phelps dying alone, apparently hated by his children, is a fitting end to a man who brought such misery to so many people.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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