That cheering you heard was not because Ellen Degeneres made a great joke about healthcare costs doubling just as the Obamacare deadline ads hit the airwaves. It's because Fred Phelps, founder of Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) finally passed away. His obnoxious group of radical (so called) Christians picketed so many military funerals and accosted so many famous LGBT weddings that there is now a line forming... just to get in line to urinate on his grave.
As a person who stood with others to prevent the WBC from picketing a family in mourning, I do not pass judgement on him. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword. He will forever be remembered for what he's done. My wish is that there be a lesson in the way Mr. Phelps is being remembered. May the members of the WBC and radical groups like theirs whom thrive on controversy see the error in their ways. May they stop cherry picking verses of The Bible and start working toward leaving the world a better place. May they find a way to stand for something AND be remembered for something truly good. May they read The Bible and understand;
Don’t rejoice when your enemies fall;
don’t be happy when they stumble.
For the Lord will be displeased with you
and will turn his anger away from them.
~ Proverbs 24:17-18
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