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Pastor Fred Phelps pictured in 1998.
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There is a prayer vigil going on as we speak, Truthseekers, for the Reverend Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist church. In case you've been living in a cave, Phelps led a merry band of moronic pseudo-Christians whose sole (soul?) mission seemed to be to torment the grieving families of fallen soldiers by picketing their funerals with "God Hates Fags" posters. They specialized in screaming hateful messages at the bereaved.

Just as they believe Jesus would.

What you may not know about Phelps is that his very own church recently excommunicated him for (get this) being too "kind" in his final days.  

Huffington Post has the story:

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"The hashtag GodhatesFredPhelps appeared on Twitter soon after one of his estranged children posted on Facebook the news that the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church was dying. Perhaps more surprising was the news that he had been excommunicated by the church he founded. According to an interview with Nate Phelps, who left the church 37 years ago, Fred Phelps was ejected from the group following a power struggle between a board of male elders and longtime spokeswoman Shirley Phelps-Roper. After the elders defeated Phelps-Roper, Fred Phelps reportedly called for "kinder treatment of fellow church members," a sentiment which was ill-received."

You have to appreciate the irony of Phelps being tossed out of the church he founded because he was trying to be nice. Seems fitting. In the horror flicks, the monster often turns on its maker, after all.

I once read a spiritual theory that said that some of the most evil-seeming human beings are the best teachers (and ergo the most evolved souls) precisely because they perfectly demonstrate the kind of terrible behaviors we should avoid. You cannot argue that Phelps and his minions did more to promote atheism and religious tolerance than any group in the last 100 years. Not even Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins combined could make a better argument.

If this theory is true, then there must be a special heavenly throne reserved for Phelps when he (soon and very soon) meets his final reward. Maybe he'll be seated next to Jerry Falwell. Somewhere slightly below the elevated space reserved for Dick Cheney.

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