Members of New York’s Satanic Temple have announced their plans to turn Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps gay after he dies.
Recently, Phelps’ estranged son Nathan, who himself is now an LGBT rights advocate and vocal atheist, announced via Facebook that his infamous father was dying and had actually been excommunicated from the church that he helped start.
“I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps Sr, pastor of the 'God Hates Fags' WBC, was ex-communicated from the 'church' back in August of 2013,” wrote Nathan Phelps in his post. “He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas. I'm not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the monster he made."
The Westboro Baptist Church came to be known as a hate group for publicly protesting the funerals of fallen soldiers, out LGBT advocates, celebrities, etc. and holding up signs that say, “Thank God for 9/11,” “Thank God for IEDs,” and “God Hates Fags.”
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Last year, the Satanic Temple held what they called a “Pink Mass” at the grave of Fred Phelps’ mother. This ritual, done to make a statement against the church, featured gay couples engaging in homoerotic activity at the site of the grave. After the ritual was completed, the Satanic Temple declared that Phelps’ mother was a “post-mortem homosexual conversion,” meaning that she was now officially gay in the afterlife. With the recent announcing of Fred Phelps’ declining health, Satanic Temple leader Lucien Greaves announced that the same ceremony would be done at Fred’s grave after he dies.
“At the time, I predicted that Fred hadn’t too much longer till he would pass, and I stated –- in a direct tweet to the WBC -– that I would be presiding over Fred’s own Pink Mass before too long,” said Greaves to Vice. “As I have made a promise to a dying man, I fully intend to do my very best to see it through, and the pomp and circumstance of this Pink Mass will surely far, far exceed that of the original event in Meridian, Mississippi.”
Phelps has allegedly been excommunicated from the church he helped build for advocating a “kinder approach” between church members. The WBC says they will not hold a funeral for Phelps, as they don’t believe in worshipping the dead.