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Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps has reportedly been dumped by the anti-gay group he founded for reportedly approaching its “God Hates Fags” ideology with a softer touch, according to a report today from the Huffington Post.

Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps has reportedly been dumped by the anti-gay group he founded for reportedly approaching its “God Hates Fags” ideology with a softer touch, according to a report today from the Huffington Post.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Phelps was excommunicated following a power struggle between longtime spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper and other male elders who had formed a church board.

Phelps, who founded the church in the 1950s, had supposedly been “advocating a kinder approach between church members.”

“They took the one thing that meant everything to the man,” said Phelps son, Nate, who hasn’t been a member of the church in nearly four decades. “That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”

New Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain did not comments on the matter other than to say, “We don’t discuss our internal church dealings with anybody.”

Phelps, 84, is said to be on his deathbed, according to a Facebook post from Nate Phelps, and is in hospice care in Topeka.

“I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved,” Nate Phelps said. “And I'm bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.”

The Phelps-led WBC became notorious for picketing with signs that read, “God hates fags,” outside of events, and in the recent past funerals, with an emphasis on the funerals of American soldiers. that Phelps was excommunicated following a power struggle between longtime spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper and other male elders who had formed a church board.

Phelps, who founded the church in the 1950s, had supposedly been “advocating a kinder approach between church members.”

“They took the one thing that meant everything to the man,” said Phelps son, Nate, who hasn’t been a member of the church in nearly four decades. “That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”

New Westboro Baptist Church spokesman Steve Drain did not comments on the matter other than to say, “We don’t discuss our internal church dealings with anybody.”

Phelps, 84, is said to be on his deathbed, according to a Facebook post from Nate Phelps, and is in hospice care in Topeka.

“I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many. I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved,” Nate Phelps said. “And I'm bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes.”

The Phelps-led WBC became notorious for picketing with signs that read, “God hates fags,” outside of events, and in the recent past funerals, with an emphasis on the funerals of American soldiers.

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