8 comments on “Fred Phelps, Sr. (1929 – 2014)

  1. I agree, but part of me has struggled with this one. He and his family have said and done some pretty vile things – revenge is a natural reaction – but it is unlikely to change them. I don’t want to be the kind of person he was, so I shouldn’t to the kind of things he did. He will find out if there truly is a vengeful god and hell as he believed.

    • Thanks for reading & commenting. I understand exactly what you mean. Reactions to Phelps’ death have run the gamut but the two that stand in starkest contrast for me are the official comment from Westboro; a multi-page diatribe against humanism, the media, and, for some reason, the Catholic Church, and the comment from Judy Shepard who said; “Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one. Out of respect for all people and our desire to erase hate, we’ve decided not to comment further.”

  2. Your thoughts always seem so centered. I only know that the world is well-rid of Fred Phelps. The damage he inflicted was monumental, but in the end you could write him off as simply deranged. The departed vile and pernicious North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms was another matter. After he left us, I considered making a pilgrimage to his gravesite to leave some urine (not necessarily my own), but decided to leave that impulse unfulfilled. Just so you know, I don’t have very many notions of that caliber…

    • “Seem” is probably the key word but thanks for the compliment. And I agree with you about Mr Helms. His language was (only) slightly less outrageous but used his position to harm a lot of people more severely than Phelps could have dreamt of.

  3. There are some (hopefully, a diminishing few) in NC who still believe Helms’ “hate is a family value” mantra. They are mostly in the backwoods now, but republican gerrymandering has still left them with a voice. Most of us in NC are more progressive and ready to move on. Did you ever see the giant condom balloon that was placed over Helms’ house? Too funny!

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