I found myself wondering (because that’s how bored I get folding laundry) who funds Fred Phelps. It’s known that its traveling picket show costs Westboro Baptist at least $250,000 a year. That’s a lot of scratch for a small family church to choke up every year.
There’s no way those people have that kind of money.
So who, I wondered, is bankrolling Westboro?
I expected a simple Google search to answer that question. It didn’t. If the source of Westboro’s considerable funding is to be found anywhere online, I don’t know where.
Whomever is funding Phelps and his family is definitely keeping it secret.
So. Who would want to secretly finance Fred Phelps?
If you think about it for six seconds, on the seventh you’ll have your answer.
But of course: Osama bin Laden!
Does Fred Phelps do anything that doesn’t further Al-Qaeda’s agenda?
Well, let’s see. With relentless passion and tireless fury, Fred Phelps and his group vociferously:
1. Persecute Jews;
2. Hate homosexuals;
3. Revile American soldiers;
4. Make people hate Christians; and
5. Proclaim that America is a hedonistic, immoral, doomed country.
I of course have no idea what Osama bin Laden is paying Fred Phelps to do his bidding. But I do know one thing: both their covers just got blown!
[Update: Some in the comments thread below have said that Fred is a lawyer who purposefully antagonizes and provokes people in the hopes of eliciting from them a response for which he can then sue them or (ideally, I'm sure) the church or organization they represent. So he's a sewer suer! Whether or not Phelps actually makes enough doing that to support Westboro's toxic endeavors is still in question.]