Fred Waldron Phelps

March 25, 2014

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Fred Waldron Phelps, the lay preacher who believed he could re-closet homosexuals by obstructing the funerals of American servicemen, died last week at a hospice in Topeka, Kansas. He was 84.

Phelps was born in Meridian, Mississippi on Nov. 13, 1929. He was raised Methodist, became an Eagle Scout, ran track and graduated from high school when he was 16. In 1951, at just 21, he was profiled in Time magazine for denouncing “promiscuous petting” at his alma mater, John Muir College in Pasadena, California.

He married Margie Marie Simms in 1952 and the couple moved to Topeka in 1954. The Phelps’ had 13 children, 54 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He founded an independent church, call the Westboro Baptist Church in 1955. Most of the congregation was related to Phelps.

Phelps graduated from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka in 1964 and specialized in civil rights cases. “Most blacks…that’s who they went to,” Ben Scott of the Topeka chapter of the N.A.A.C.P. told CNN in 2010. “I don’t know if he was cheaper or if he had that stick-to-it-ness, but Fred didn’t lose many back then.” Phelps was disbarred in Kansas in 1979 and agreed to stop practicing federal law a decade later.

He began protesting the public tolerance of homosexuality in 1991 after learning that men were using a public park near his home for “indecent conduct.” That year he and his followers began spoiling the funerals of people who died of AIDS and he began protesting outside local churches he considered to be tolerant of homosexuality.

The Westboro congregation began disrupting the funerals of American soldiers in 2005. Phelps claimed that American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were God’s retribution for America’s tolerance of homosexuals. His most famous slogan was “God hates fags.”

Those demonstrations at military funerals led to the formation of a well known motorcycle group called The Patriot Guard Riders. The Patriot Guard took on the mission of physically shielding mourners from the protesters and drowning out their insults by revving their engines and singing patriotic songs.

In his final years, Phelps’ family split into factions of relatives who could stand the protests and those who could not.

Phelps spent his life judging others. Now he will be judged.


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41 Responses to “Fred Waldron Phelps”

  1. JMacK Says:

    About all I got to say is….bye

    The man was not worth my time or attention in life and he means even less now that he’s dead. Everyone has an opinion. And apparently he was allowed to voice this opinion legally (I’m neither a lawyer or American) but protesting funerals, let alone Soldiers’ funerals made him worthy of a visit to the darkest depths of hell..

    “judge not lest ye be judged”


  2. Paladin Says:

    I hope Phelps like marshmallows, ’cause where he’s goin’, they’ll be plenty of coals to roast ’em over.

    Long May You Ride (to those that deserve to),


  3. CN Says:

    We have both Shaw AFB & Ft. Jackson Army Base near by. SC has quite a few military bases so we’ve got a lot of Retired Vets living around here and the Patriot Guard Riders keep pretty busy doing Honor Guard missions. The Westboro Baptist Church will someday fade away but I’m sure the Patriot Guard Riders will live to ride as long as people ride motorcycles and so instead of venting about this “person”, I’ll use my 2 cents to send my respect to those who by example show part of the good Bikers do everyday even though it gets little notice in the media. You do us proud. Keep it loud.

  4. L-Frame S&W Says:

    I really enjoyed the counter protestors recently, holding up signs for the WBC saying “Sorry for your loss”, showing that we as Americans are bigger and better than the hate spewed by the WBC, and Fred Phelps personally.
    Myself, I don’t believe in heaven or hell, but the world is certainly a better place with Fred Phelps out of it.

  5. RVN69 Says:

    Fuck him, tie some weights on him, throw him in the gulf and pull him back every couple of days to harvest the crabs.

    I am my brothers keeper

  6. FF Says:

    Fred’s 15 minutes of fame was over 15 minutes ago. he was POS who used vulnerable, damaged women and children to spew his piss and vinegar. the guy had no point. Fuck him.

  7. swampy Says:

    I guess Phelps had something in common with Obama concerning The Patriot Guard. Respect and a big thanks to all vets.

  8. BMW Says:

    The best idea I’ve seen to memorialize him is a note on FakeBook reminding me that cat and dog shit is recyclable and giving the address of his church as the place to recycle it…protecting the environment, you know…

    This guy tried to interrupt and disrupt the funerals of soldiers who died defending this country — so I think the recycling idea is appropriate!

  9. Jim666 Says:

    All I got for him is ,,,,,

    “good riddance fuckstick”

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  11. jj solari Says:

    there’s actually nothing wrong with judging others. what’s wrong is judging them incorrectly. him connecting two men exchanging semen into each other mouths, asses and faces with christianity – actually has nothing to do with christianity. at least not the version jesus taught which i IMAGINE is the source-point for the religion. jesus never once mentioned cocks, balls, tits, twats or rectums in any context although he did mention taking a dump and taking a wizz once when trying to explain to some thick headed people why it didnt matter what you eat it all turns to shit and piss; what maters is what you say. this is the closest jesus got to talking about fags and sex: giving a lecture going to the toilet.

  12. Whitepride Says:

    Rot in hell shitbag!!!!!

  13. Stevo Says:

    The world needs people like Phelps like a sweaty man needs a third armpit. Good riddance.

  14. charlie Says:

    The things ya see when you haven’t got a gun.

  15. Phuquehed Says:

    Of all the PGR missions I’ve been on over the past few years, I only was at one where he and his group showed up. It was a military funeral in Memphis, but when the little group I rode with showed up, the fucking place was jam-packed and eventually ended up with at least a thousand people there. The church was at the top of a hill, and I kept hearing that the group of Phelps’ was at the bottom and I might be able to see them. With my fucked up back, I didn’t ‘want’ to go down that hill and sure as shit didn’t want to try to walk back up it, but after about an hour I said ‘fuck it’ and gimped my way down to the bottom, only to find out that there was still such a huge crowd and that the Phelps’ were better than a quarter mile away on a little patch of grass near the interstate surrounded (protected) by a bunch of pigs.

    It was summer and I was hotter than shit and now had worked up one hell of a sweat from the effort of getting to the bottom of the hill. I figured the fuckers couldn’t see or hear me so I just put my arm up in the air and gave the finger in their general direction and turned to try and get back up the hill to my pain pills and some cold water.\

    This is the kind of people that were there at that thing – a few other bikers started to ask around and got a chain of people asking all the way up to the top of the hill if anyone had a truck that was easily accesible. Someone got one and brought it down the hill and I got on the tailgate and they drove me back up the hill and someone even went up two more tiers and got a pill from my handlebar bag for me.

    Best bunch of people shows up at those missions99.9% of the time. The .1% was a mission where for some reason there was 5 or 6 pigs staying there during the burial part of the mission and one of the pigs was one of those who had absolutely zero respect for bikers because he was running his mouth for about five minutes before he said something that topped it for me and I told him ‘the fuck you say!’ and the pigs all looked over at me and saw me grinding my teeth and balling my fists up and two grabbed the ‘mouth’ and walked him back to the vehicles.

  16. Mike 184 Says:

    Yep, not very often do we get to say the world is a better place without a person, but this ass was definitely one that needed to go.

    Interesting that he did civil rights work then takes a stand against homosexuals??? That frame of mind doesnt usually just discriminate like that, unless maybe he had some experience in his life that led him to hate…. Or maybe he was a touch gay himself….

    Ok I am definitely no Psychiatrist…..

  17. Rahlow Says:

    Back in ’05-06 my son was deployed to Iraq. I went to my first Patriot Guard mission to whip somebodies ass. I planned to stay away from the PGR and find a way to get to a Westboro protestor. When I did, I found 1 old man, 2 kids about 10 and 3 women. But what I saw from the PGR caused me to begin riding with them on Honor Missions.
    After 3 years and more missions than I can remember I finally had to give it up for health reasons.
    Some good did come because of Phelps.

  18. DocB Says:

    Where’s the burrial taking place…………..

  19. CS_Flyer Says:

    As I’ve mentioned a few times on various FB pages, I used to live down in the Bible belt and I heard some things about this group.

    What I heard is that most of the “church” was related to Phelps(in the huge, semi-incestual way those kinds of families are). I also heard that nobody in the church believed their own bullshit. Westboro’s game was to come up with a protest that was offensive as possible in order to goad small town authorities into violating their constitutional “rights”….once that happened they’d be able to sue said county/town and make a quick buck.

    So in a way they’re similar to another organization that’s widely hated in this little subculture: They spew a lot of bullshit because it makes the person who started it some money.

  20. blacksmith Says:

    Good riddance.
    I saw them at Ronnie James Dio’s funeral in 2010, and the police were in full force to keep them from getting the shit kicked out of them by Ronnie’s fans.
    judge not least you be judged…or some shit like that.

  21. slow-n-low Says:

    As CS_Flyer said, this “church” was in it for the lawsuits. Nothing else. Fuck him and his family.


  22. skinnydenny Says:

    The world is much better off without this pathetic sack of shit. I lost one of my favorite cousins back in 1990 due to AIDS. I would love to take a piss and a dump on Phelps’ grave. God(if there is such an entity) hates shitbags like you Phelps! Rot in eternal hell, you worthless sack of shit!

  23. Brain Fart Says:

    I have it on very good authority (It’s my island after all) that when Phelps showed up for judegment My Lord Jesus kicked ‘is arse all over like a pork merchent with a stall in the temple at Passover.

  24. Don Kelley Says:

    There is a purpose for people like Phelps. He and his cohorts have helped establish something that is for the good of our service men and women. The Patriot Guard is a great group of men and women riders who by thier sacrifice help our deceased returning vets and help pay homage to those who have fallen. Perhaps we will all be lucky and hell will be full of ass grinders for Phelps to talk to.

  25. RVN69 Says:

    I think they are just going to put him out at the curb with the rest of the trash.


  26. Alan MacG Says:

    Phuquehed Says:
    March 26th, 2014 at 4:59 am
    I told him ‘the fuck you say!’ and the pigs all looked over at me and saw me grinding my teeth and balling my fists up and two grabbed the ‘mouth’ and walked him back to the vehicles.

    I call bullshit on this one. You expect me to believe a loudmouth pig and two cosnorts backed away from a broke back biker because he cursed and gritted his teeth and balled his fists up?
    Sounds like you need an ego boost phuquehed, and you quite adept at stroking and pumping yourself up. Nothing but hate spews from your heart and its really quite sad. Typical you would use a white pride display as your avatar. Sb white punk instead.

  27. Jim666 Says:

    Doc B . I think I might be thinking the same thing you are ? not sure.
    But don’t they say turn about`s fair play ?

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  29. Freeman Says:

    May his carcass wroth in hell, and his spirit live on in a Greek orgy.
    I dont get fags either, where i shit from is an exit point motherfuckin period,but that motherfucker’s ideal was fucked up beyond comprehension.

    Confirms what i always said/thought: religions have been created to control the masses no matter how big or small the community.

    Know the rules before you break’em.


  30. 626 VAGO Says:

    Fuck him and his family

  31. OC VAGO 1%er Says:

    Another nut job. Surprised he didn’t work in law enforcement.

  32. Austin Says:

    I wish I understood Russian! I’d like to know what she is REALLY saying. I work with a PGR- nothing but respect for those volunteers. I hope the next hater doesn’t get any media attention and fades away with a whimper.

  33. BigV Says:

    I’m off incognito mode here. Paladin: Good to see you. Hadn’t seen you in a while.

    Seen several people that fell off the radar posting again. That’s great !

    Significantly less bullshit now that Rebel began culling the CoIntelPro Efforts that I believe were going on…

    Where is my internetlong distance special lady friend, YYZSkinhead ? Are you out there ? If so, please ask Rebel for my email. I’ll ask Rebel to give it to you, if you trust me. I dunno if you can use a tablet or not, but a dude paid a debt on some machine work I did on his Panhead with a pretty righteous little tablet(and not off brand either).

    You said your machine was up smoke last time on here, so this would get you online, if you have a wireless router or wanna use wireless at a cafe.

    You don’t have to give me your address or anything. I figured out sending different people stuff via the mail, that you can send general delivery and write a passcode or “Care of Password” that you can read them. Then it goes to a post office and you pick it up there with your ID, and if they hassle you, just give them the care of password.

    I am kind of an open book so I can give you enough info to prove I’m not a fed and I’m not some perv or a cop.

    PS: Peek-a-boo fellas- I see you too. I’m posting on an online forum and ain’t associating with no one or nobody.

  34. Road Whore Says:

    @ Austin:

    Supposedly she is covering a news story about a Canadian pot farm which is guarded by several black bears. I will have my Ukrainian friend, who speaks Russian also, listen and confirm or deny. :)

    Ride Free

  35. Austin Says:

    @BigV & re: YYZSkinhead. Tablet- yes! I get decent access with a Kindle Fire. Don’t forget your local Library and I have been able to use a hotel business center a few times. I go beg the clerk sweetly with “I got caught in traffic, I am running late and I have to submit this by X o’clock.” Works every time.
    @Road Whore. It’s just that sometimes things translate a little differently…. I love her phrases!

  36. DocB Says:

    @ RVN69 That’s where he belongs

    @ Jim666 Didn’t get a chance at his burrial, but I’d like to wear dress blues and piss on his grave.


  37. Road Whore Says:

    @ Austin:

    The captions are totally bogus, but hilarious.

    My friend, a native Ukrainian who is fluent in 3 languages (including Russian) gives the real scoop:

    “She says that Canadian police found a cannabis plantation (apparently an illegal pot farm) that was guarded by 13 black bears. Plus police found there a dog and Vietnamese “vistula-belly” (I guess a pot-bellied pig?) pig and raccoon. She read that police found bears sitting beside cannabis garden bed. She began to laugh because of pigs and bears and told that she imaged how bears sit and smoke cannabis.”

    There ya go. :)

    Ride Free

  38. John Deaux Says:

    Personally I don’t get the whole homosexual thing.
    I admit watching/participating in girl on girl play is fun but 2 guys together is nasty. That said I believe whatever anybody does in private is their thing and nobody else’s business.
    Phelps and his crew are nothing but media hogs, anything to get attention on themselves. Acting like that at a funeral is a disgrace but doing it at a funeral of someone killed in duty of our nation puts them on the bottom of a huge shit pile. They just stink up everything they touch. In truth the porkers should just stand back and let them get the beatings they deserve.
    They say ” say nothing of the dead unless you can say something good “. Phelps is dead, good.
    Big V, good to hear from you, stay safe.

  39. RtC Says:

    You can still send packages of dog & cat shit to them!
    Here’s their address: Westboro Baptist Church
    3791 SW 12th St.
    Topeka, Ks. 66604
    Just to let them know they aren’t forgotten.


  40. Brett Says:

    Stern had a great idea: he’s gonna dig him up and make a movie called Gay Weekend at Bernie’s.

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