Kansas media are reporting that former Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps died last night:
BREAKING: Fred Phelps has died. http://t.co/BJrqkyRpjt
— Chris Fisher (@wibwChris) March 20, 2014
BREAKING: Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Rev. Fred Phelps Sr. dies | Kansas First News http://t.co/QZKkQnTgNw
— KSNT News (@KSNTNews) March 20, 2014
KSNT: Westboro Baptist Church founder Rev. Fred Phelps has died.
— Adam Henry (@viewofadam) March 20, 2014
It’s probably pretty safe to say he won’t be missed by many:
I don't celebrate people's deaths. But I can't say I'll miss Phelps. Maybe now his cult can disband.
— Klingon Hug Dungeon (@dyrbert) March 20, 2014
I don't, and will never, dance on anyone's grave. But I kind of hope that Fred Phelps doesn't rest in peace.
— Stuart Henderson (@henderstu) March 20, 2014
Dancing on Phelps' grave won't stop the actions of his "church's" followers, but I won't begrudge anyone a slight fist pump.
— Brian Gray (aka ürb) (@urbanbohemian) March 20, 2014
It's not nice to say terrible things about horrible people when they're dead, so I won't. RT @WesleyLowery: Fred Phelps is dead
— Dave Warren (@davecwarren) March 20, 2014
[reserving commentary] Family Member Confirms: Fred Phelps Has Died http://t.co/Oa9IF3tLtK
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) March 20, 2014
Not everyone’s in a reserving-judgment kind of mood, though:
— Michael C Moynihan (@mcmoynihan) March 20, 2014
First day of Spring. Fred Phelps dies. … That's just about right.
— RBe (@RBPundit) March 20, 2014
May Fred Phelps funeral be treated with the same respect in which he treated our soldiers, the gay community and Heath Ledger among others.
— JimmytotheO (@JimmytotheO) March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps will soon be rotting 6 feet underneath this earth. That's one less scumbag.
— Jacob Noreika (@xjarlx) March 20, 2014
Somewhere no can see or hear his opinions, which is fine enough for me. RT @BobbyBigWheel I'm sure Fred Phelps is…somewhere right now
— Anthony Del Fiacco (@adelfiacco) March 20, 2014
Westboro Baptist Church's Fred Phelps dies. I hope all his victims go protest the bigot's funeral. http://t.co/oZPbaJLClw
— FilmLadd (@FilmLadd) March 20, 2014
I don't say this lightly, but good riddance to hate. RT@MichaelSkolnik Former Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps has died.
— Kelly (@MungoNGus) March 20, 2014
To paraphrase Bette Davis, you should never speak badly of the dead, only good. Fred Phelps is dead. Good.
— Ilissa Gold (@Goldni) March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps is dead, and probably finding he isn't even welcome in Hell, let alone Heaven. Hateful, hateful man.
— Josephine Appleby (@posydozy) March 20, 2014
To: Mr. Fred Phelps
From: St. Peter
Re: Appointment time for entering Kingdom of Heaven
Dear Mr. Phelps,
— Sam Valley (@SamValley) March 20, 2014
— Lindsay (@lindsayo71591) March 20, 2014
Yes, this queer person is happy phelps is dead. He made life harder for people. May he rot.
— aliceinthewater (@aliceinthewater) March 20, 2014
Others just pity him:
Fred Phelps is dead. No rejoicing here, just pity for a man who lived and died with a heart filled with hate. http://t.co/EbVS2VkxD6
— Darren Shea (@HomefryDaddy) March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps has died. May God grant him the grace and mercy in death Mr. Phelps denied so many in life.
— Clark Riemer (@clarkriemer) March 20, 2014
WBC Phelps has died. I pray he sought forgiveness from God.
— Melissia (@ProudoftheUSA) March 20, 2014
In any event, one thing’s for sure:
Now he'll learn that God doesn't "hate." http://t.co/8TlQwbPqoV
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 20, 2014