Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Passes Away, Rockers React

Fred Phelps dead at 84 from natural causes, public openly rejoices.

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Fred Phelps, founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church has passed away on March 19 at the age of 84 from natural causes, the officials have confirmed.

Phelps founded the church in 1955 and played a great role in shaping the organization's bad reputation. As CNN reports, Westboro picketed over 53,000 events, ranging from pop concerts to funerals of US soldiers.

The church's picketing mostly featured about a dozen of members charging the given event, brandishing such signs as "God Hates F-gs" or "Thank God for Dead Soldiers." Westboro's preachings insist that any tragedy, ranging from natural disasters to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut, is the punishment of God for the country's acceptance of homosexuality.

Although some expressed condolences and hope for Fred to truly find God in the afterlife, most of the public openly celebrated the death of "the most hated Man in America." The church on the other hand condemned the media for "gleefully anticipating" Phelps' death.

"God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world," the statement reads.

Some of the prominent rock musicians also shared their thoughts on Fred's passing via Twitter. "Burn in your own proverbial hell," Disturbed frontman David Draiman said, with Oderus Urungus of GWAR adding, "So Fred Phelps died before I could get my hands on him? Lucky f--ker! Please to be p-ssing on his grave!"

BURN IN YOUR OWN PROVERBIAL HELL: Fred Phelps Sr., leader of Westboro Baptist Church, dies at 84 http://t.co/2x164vj8IX via @washingtonpost


So Fred Phelps died before I could get my hands on him? Lucky fucker! Please to be pissing on his grave!

— Oderus Urungus (@TheRealOderus) March 20, 2014

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    The one time I actually can say i I like oderus's rude arse comment ;D
    why do ug censor his comment then post a picture of it in full and uncensored?
    i think you specified why when you said "UG" that's the way they roll haha- i remember an article where they censored "A-s" but they left the F word in there lol
    Because I think you can't write bad words here. It will be censored automatically. But the tweet is a link.
    It's funny, his comment is actually pretty tame by his standards, especially when you look at who he's talking about.
    Gay people and soldiers should picket the funeral
    That one made me laugh! I wonder if Louis Theroux will turn up as well.
    Some of you will celebrate. Some of you will dance. Some of you may picket. You have those rights. Fred knew all about rights...what he didn't know was how to transcend those rights and the lizard brain and engage with humanity and reality in a way that was productive and positive. I won't mourn, or celebrate.I wont be wasting any of my life in his direction. I'll just keep on living, which is something I think he failed to do, long before today."
    This is so deep that even James Cameron cannot travel any deeper than he did before because you have reached the depths of deepness.
    Stay classy, rockers. No need to stoop to his level.
    Best ignore his death and just pretend he never existed.
    Absolutely, I'm actually disappointed that UG made a post about this. The best way to react to the WBC is to let them be, they feed off anger and fear. Ignore these inbreds.
    You know.....To call them inbred is actually a pretty intelligent assumption. So few people like them, that by this point, they probably have started screwing their own, and I'm sure by now they've graduated to cousin screwing, and the next generation it will probably graduate to siblings.
    You'd be right if the young people where actually staying with the church into adulthood. They've been dying out in a way that makes the amish look hip by comparison. They really have nothing left but our outrage and website clicks at this point (do not ****ing even look at there website, thats how they make a lot of their money).
    link no1
    If you ignore them they will just think they are right. If people aren't pissed off with them, they'll assume it's because we agree and continue doing what they do. On the other hand, acknowledging them shows them that they are getting their crappy messages heard and continue doing what they do. Just barricade the doors on their 'super friend club house' when they're all inside and set it on fire. Problem solved.
    Fred Phelps set the bar so low, nobody could stoop to his level.
    I dunno man, I think Stalin, Putin, Hitler, and several other leaders have him beat...
    where's the fun in that?
    I don't wanna sound like a hippy here but I'm gonna.This is about breaking the cycle of hatred. They hate gays, pagans, whatever but if you don't hate them back it's all for nothing. Turn the other cheeck (c wut I did tharr), speak your condolences and step outside the circle.
    At the end of the day, he is still a person. Yep he had very ****ed up views but I don't see how we would be any better by celebrating his death
    I'm not usually happy about someone dying, but I'll make an exception for Fred Phelps. Anyone that was as disrespectful, and insensitive towards the human race as he was, deserves a special spot in whatever hell, or mound of dirt there is after life. Judging humans so harshly for what they feel, they're sexual orientation, or what they believe in doing is terrible. Regardless of your take on homosexuality, the military, music, etc is... you gotta respect them as part of the human race. They're all people, and this guy just couldn't grasp that. I hope no one pickets his funeral. He doesn't deserve the attention.
    The guy is dead, but his congregation remain... personally, rather than stoop to their level and picket HIS funeral, id rather just ignore them, be the bigger person and let them fade into obscurity.
    Westboro has been declining in members a lot lately, it won't be long till they're forgotten
    inb4 religious comments. Good riddance.
    According to Westboro, the church has picketed more than 53,000 events Hmmm. I will only note that if you picket 1 event a day, it will take you ~145 years to picket that many events.
    Picketer: "Sir, we haven't really done that many!!" Fred: *Phelpsness intensifies* "It might as well have been..."