Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church founder, is in hospice care and near death, according to his son Nathan Phelps. The son – who is one of several family members who have left the church – made his statements via Facebook. Fred Phelps started a fundamentalist church which gained a reputation for picketing military funerals and political events with hateful signs including many anti-gay signs, according to a Chicago Tribune report on Sunday.
Rev. Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. was excommunicated by his own church in 2013 and is now at the Midland Hospice house.
Phelps’ son states that he does not exactly know how he feels about this. He said it is terribly ironic that his father’s devotion to his god ends this way – destroyed by the monster he made. He also revealed that he and other family members who have parted ways with the church are not being allowed to see his father in hospice to say their goodbyes – as the family is keeping them away.
Fred Phelps, Sr. began his Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas in the 1950s. He was a longtime pastor of his church which is widely known for having interrupted military funerals, gay rights rallies, political gatherings and Christian events with their signs of hate for gays and more.
According to the report, the Westboro Baptist Church believes that God is punishing the United States for accepting and tolerating homosexuals. The church as a whole has been called, arguably, the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.