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Fred Phelps

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by stratovani, Mar 20, 2014.

  1. Fred Phelps, the founder and leader of the Westboro Baptist Church died today. All I will say about him is that he was a very small man.
  2. ... somewhere in the world... a very confused IVF newborn looks up at its lesbian parents.
  3. Oh well.

    I think there needs to be a mass orgy at his funeral, I'm sure it's what he really would have wanted (the lady doth protest(ed) too much).
  4. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    He was excommunicated from the church last year.
  5. Unrepresented

    Unrepresented Something Borderline Offensive

    Jul 1, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Why do the good always die so young?:|
  6. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    wouldnt you like to be the fly on the wall when 'ol fred shows up at the pearly gates.
  7. Good riddance to a hateful person.

  8. will33


    May 22, 2006
    I'll admit that when I opened this thread, I did not recognize the name Fred Phelps at all. I do, however, know what the Westboro Baptist Church is. So, while I do not wish to speak ill of the dead, I'll just say this...

    ...OK, that's all I got.
  9. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I don't delight in anyone's death. Every one is a tragedy.

    But here's the thing about Westboro Baptist: it is a teeny tiny little congregation with only about 40 members. It represents precisely nobody and is relevant to precisely nothing in the larger world, even the larger religious world. The only reason anyone knows or cares who this man is, is that the media chooses to seize on this tiny church's hateful rhetoric and embarrassing publicity stunts and broadcast it into everyone's home. And why is there an audience for this? The Jerry Springer effect - watching the spectacle of these poor people's stupidity and hatefulness gives us an excuse to feel smug and self-righteous and pat ourselves on the back for not being as bad as THEM. It distracts us from the serious and painful task of self-examination and reform as individuals and as a society.

    To me, THAT is the ugliest facet of our modern society, far more serious than any stupidity that happens to come out of a marginal church. Opium of the people, indeed.
  10. will33


    May 22, 2006
    Couldn't have said it any better.........so I didn't.
  11. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Hitler's death was a tragedy? I don't delight in anyone's death either, but when bad people die, I'm not terribly bothered.
  12. Milk


    Sep 16, 2013
    Montreal, Canada
    While I do agree with all this. I am not as good a person as you. I do still rejoice in his death.
  13. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    One less dick in the world. Hallelujah!
  14. Sharknose79

    Sharknose79 UNPAID greenboy/fEARful endorser

    Sep 15, 2011
    South Cackalacky
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  15. Skindie


    Oct 20, 2013
    If only he had disappeared at the end of the 60s,we'd be mourning the death of a civil rights lawyer who worked tirelessly to try and bring down the Jim crow laws in his area. Always a shame when former heroes die as villains, guess it just shows that you don't get solely good or bad characters, no matter how the media tries to polarise everything.
  16. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    And that was especially true of his mind.
  17. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    He obviously got something out of all the attention he was getting, otherwise why would someone from a tiny congregation from the middle of the bible belt go to such lengths and be so reviled by his actions ? personally I think he did it for his own ego more than anything. Some sort of retalitory gathering at his funeral would certainly seem ironic, however I was always taught that two wrongs do not make a right, Let God and history decide his place.
  18. BioDriver

    BioDriver A Cinderella story

    Aug 29, 2008
    Austin, TX
    The world is now 1/7,000,000,000th less hateful.
  19. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
  20. I've never killed a man but I've read many an obituary with a great deal of satisfaction. - Mark Twain