Fred Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church Founder is Dead

Fred Phelps

(AP Photo – Fred Phelps)

TOPEKA, KS – Westboro Baptist Church fire and brimstone pastor Fred Phelps has died. 84 year old Phelps had been in hospice care at a Shawnee County, KS, facility.

Controversey was something that Fred Phelps thrived upon.  The Westboro Baptist Church is known for protesting military funerals and other sensitive situations while holding signs with anti-gay sentiments, such as “God Hate Fags” and “Thank God for 9/11.”

“The death of Fred Phelps’ body, a man who preached a plain, faithful doctrine to an ever darkening world, is nothing but a vain, empty, hypocritical hope for you,” the Westboro Baptist Church said in a statement released on Twitter.  Many members of the small congregation are related to Phelps through blood or marriage.

Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church are hated and vilified by many. Phelps was often called “the most hated man in America,” something he bolstered his image upon.