Fred Phelps, the head of the Westboro Baptist Church known for its God Hates Fags signs and protests at military funerals, passed away yesterday. These three people have expressed what we’re thinking about his death far better than we ever could:
“Regarding the passing of Fred Phelps, [husband] Dennis and I know how solemn these moments are for anyone who loses a loved one,” Shepard said. “Out of respect for all people and our desire to erase hate, we’ve decided not to comment further.” –Judy Shepard, Matthew Shepard’s mother.
“I do not like Westboro Baptist Church; I don’t have anything nice to say about them, but if I had anything bad to say about them at this time — or if he dies — it would put me in the same category as him, and I don’t want to be in that category,” he said. “I don’t like hate.” –Al Snyder, who sued WBC for protesting at his son’s funeral.
“I think the best revenge for people is to show Pastor Phelps and his family the mercy and compassion that they’ve denied to everyone else and I’d encourage to pray for him. If somebody feels the need to get back at the Phelps group, support the wounded warrior groups.” Al Snyder’s attorney
One thing we’ve learned in this long struggle for our rights is the power of love and compassion. Let’s listen to our better angels and rise above hatred. RIP.