Fred Phelps Dies; Founder of Westboro Baptist Church Was 84

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Fred Phelps, the controversial preacher who founded the Westboro Baptist Church, passed away this week at the Shawnee County facility in Topeka.

He was 84 years old.

Phelps’ son, Tim, confirmed the death to Kansas First News.

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Members of the Westboro Baptist Church are infamous for protesting at funerals of soldiers with signs with messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers,” and “Thank God for 9/11."

They believe these deaths are God’s punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.

The organization has also celebrated Cory Monteith's told, telling Lea Michele to kill herself, and referred to Taylor Swift as a whore.

Said Thomas Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, in a statement, in response to those wishing to picket Phelps' funeral:

"This is our moment as a community to rise above the sorrow, anger, and strife he sowed, and to show the world we are caring and compassionate people who respect the privacy and dignity of all." 

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NOW THAT'S A FIREBRAND THAT KNOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH THE NIGGERS , JEWS AND SEX PERVS !! HIS ORGANIZATION WILL CONTINUE AS STRONG AS EVER !!!

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You know what this calls for? A party!

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Regardless of WHAT the godless FEEL...Fred Phelps was as evil as anybody in the world today. Christians do NOT INTENTIONALLY CAUSE EMOTIONAL OR PHYSICAL PAIN TO INNOCENT PEOPLE...I'm glad he's dead. ROT IN HELL, YOU NASTY OLD PIG!

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