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Not to celebrate the passing of Fred Phelps?

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summerbreezer Tue 18-Mar-14 13:20:54

It seems that Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is on his way out:

Since this news broke, I have heard lots of "I hope he rots in hell" type comments.

Phelps spent a lifetime condemning to hell those whose values were different to his own.

It is ironic that we should fall into the same trap. Will I be sad at his death? No. But I will not celebrate it.

namechangesforthehardstuff Thu 20-Mar-14 21:52:44

Has she said she's forgiving him? I'd agree with you - v interesting meditations on forgiveness in the Simon Wiesenthal book 'The Sunflower' - but I don't think she mentioned forgiveness.

missingmumxox Thu 20-Mar-14 22:07:40

I don't know, I was in a shit mood and I find that I have cheered up immeasurably since I heard the news.

So his passing unlike his life has added to to total joy quota of many lives, so QED his exsistance and demise where not in vain.... Very cloud and all that

I feel a bit hgtg proving the exsistance of god on that deep and profound thought.

uselessidiot Thu 20-Mar-14 23:02:44

YANBU, celebrating his death would make you as bad as he was. Can't bring myself to mourn him though.

AgaPanthers Fri 21-Mar-14 00:37:34

It's good that he's dead, because he made the world a much worse place, and continued to do so (unlike say Thatcher, who was head of nothing at her time of death) up to his death.

We can be thankful that his organisation will probably now fade away.

ConflictedConfused Fri 21-Mar-14 00:41:45

I read this which I thought was interesting.

AgaPanthers Fri 21-Mar-14 00:49:25

It's not really a defence of him, more of a 'turn the other cheek', don't picket his funeral piece. Which is fair enough really. Still good he is dead.

SinisterBuggyMonth Fri 21-Mar-14 01:18:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ElleBellyBeeblebrox Fri 21-Mar-14 01:29:05

I won't be actively celebrating. However, I will quietly feel relieved and pleased that such a spewer of hate is no longer among us to inflict his disgusting views.

squoosh Fri 21-Mar-14 13:43:17

Fantastic obituary in Time for dear old Fred.

cloggal Fri 21-Mar-14 13:46:40

I think there should be a big love bomb picket at his funeral, lots of positive and happy messages about tolerance. Anything else would be perpetuating hate which is what the man was about.

Slippydippysoap Fri 21-Mar-14 13:48:54

I am glad that he is no longer polluting the world with his vile self.

I would never celebrate anyone's death by being a bastard at their funeral/singing/dancing though.

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