It's been widely reported that the (apparently former) head of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps Sr., is near death. You can read an article about it HERE.
As you probably already know, Phelps and his cabal are (in)famous for protesting at various funerals. While the targets of their rantings were supposedly homosexuals, in reality they protested at the funerals of many straight folks as well, creating connections to homosexuality like little children create imaginary friends. Mostly though, they seems to be less interested in "fighting" homosexuality as they were in promoting themselves and their twisted view of Christianity.
Now the temptation here would be for any number of groups (homosexuals, the military, bikers, college students, etc.) to want to protest at Phelps funeral, but I think that is a bad idea. Instead, let the man die in whatever peace that may exist for his soul and make his funeral the non-event of the new century. No signs, no protests, no cameras, no "I-team reporter coverage at 6" or anything of the sort. Nothing, just the quiet of a deceased man and what family he has left.
Yes, what I am suggesting is, in the case of Fred Phelps, the ultimate example of Christianity at its finest: turn the other cheek. Let this bitter man face whatever judgement that awaits him in the obscurity that he and his family apparently so disliked. Oh, and if you are so inclined, pray for his soul as well, as well as for the souls of all the departed. We owe this not to the Fred Phelps' of this world but to ourselves.
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