As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Fred Phelps, founder of the vile Westboro Baptist Church, is dead at 84. Am I sad about that? Not a bit. I’m sad for Nate Phelps, though, and I hope he can find some peace and solace, at least in the fact that he managed to become a kind, decent, compassionate person despite the influence of his father. Part of me really does want to dance on his grave, of course, but I’m choosing not to respond that way (which does not mean anyone else is unjustified in doing so). I think American Atheists said it well in their statement: If you want to celebrate Fred Phelps’ death, support separation of religion & government and the fight for atheist & LGBTQ rights—It’s the best FU there is.” In fact, you really wanna do something to counteract his legacy? Donate a few bucks to an LGBT group in his name, or better yet in Nate’s name.
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