On March 20, 2014, the highly controversial Westboro Baptist Church, best known for its frequent practice of picketing funerals and insisting that all death in the United States is God raging over homosexuality, reported that its founder, Fred Phelps, had indeed died just before midnight the night before.
Remarkably, Phelps' own death proved to be no different from the countless other funerals and disaster areas the WBC has flocked to over the years.
In their press release announcing his death, the W.B.C. begins as they always do: By lashing out at the entire world around them.
The world-wide media has been in a frenzy during the last few days, gleefully anticipating the death of Fred Waldron Phelps Sr. It has been an unprecedented, hypocritical, vitriolic explosion of words.
Do they vainly hope for the death of his body? People die – that is the way of all flesh
To call this hypocritical would be a massive understatement, given that gleefully anticipating the deaths of others is what has defined the W.B.C.'s entire way of life. Members of the W.B.C. have even been quoted as saying that they hoped to discourage others from seeking salvation; that they wanted as many to be condemned to Hell as possible.
Now a man who spent his entire life reveling in the misfortunes of others is no more, and his followers act astounded that people are happy that something finally managed to make him stop.
The W.B.C. included in their press release several Bible verses that they apparently thought were about death (like most members of the American Taliban, the W.B.C. has memorized some Bible verses, but never actually taken the time to think about the meaning behind them).
For that reason, I would like to conclude this article with a Bible verse as well:
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." ~Luke 6:31