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Westboro Baptist Church: Fred Phelps dying; church may picket his funeral

Will Westboro Baptist Church picket Fred Phelps funeral?
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Fred Phelps is dying. The founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, according to his estranged sons, is close to death. According to a March 16 report by AllVoices, it is possible that the Westboro Baptist Church will picket his funeral.

How strange would that be - the Westboro Baptist Church picketing the funeral of the founder and former leader? It was stated that the church “always take advantage of a way to get their name in the press.” This leads many to believe that picketing Fred Phelps' funeral is a possibility.

Not only is the Westboro Baptist Church out to get as much publicity as possible, another reason for them to picket Phelps' funeral is because he was kicked out of the church. The Wesboro Baptist Church believes that just about everyone who doesn't believe exactly as they do are hated by God and are on their way to Hell. If Fred Phelps was excommunicated because his beliefs changed, his funeral may very well be picketed.

Steve Drain, a spokesperson for the Westboro Baptist Church, confirmed that Fred Phelps was no longer their leader. Phelps' two estranged sons, Nathan and Mark Phelps, also confirmed their father had been excommunicated.

At the time of publication, it was unknown why Fred Phelps was excommunicated. No one associated with the Westboro Baptist Church has gone on the record with the reasons for him being kicked out. His estranged family has also not explained why Fred Phelps was no longer the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Fred Phelps is currently at the Midland Hospice House in Shawnee County, Kansas. He has been there since Friday. Hospices usually do not admit patients unless they are dying. It is unknown how much longer Fred Phelps will be alive.

How strange would it be for the Westboro Baptist Church to picket the funeral of Fred Phelps? Not only was he the founder of the church considered by many to be a hate group, but most of the members are family members. It is believed that the church has about 50 members and those member consists mostly of family.

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