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2014-05-23 12:50:58 PM
It must have been Satan softening his heart, because we all know God hardens hearts.
 
2014-05-23 01:07:25 PM
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2014-05-23 01:16:47 PM
He lived by the sword and he died by the sword.
 
2014-05-23 01:16:48 PM
He's still dead, right?  Yes?  Good.
 
2014-05-23 01:17:20 PM
Based on the uncorroborated word of a single relative revealed only post mortem?   Sell it somewhere else I ain't  buying
 
2014-05-23 01:28:16 PM
Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...
 
2014-05-23 01:30:55 PM
Doesn't matter, still worm food.
 
2014-05-23 01:31:09 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


religion =/= spirituality.
Most religious people have a complete lack of spirituality and just seek power over others

and they must have tiny penises too, because they sure are damn insecure about their shiat.
 
2014-05-23 01:50:51 PM
I remember when those chuckleheads bought that "Rainbow House" across from the Phelps compound. There was even a Fark thread about it. I remember people saying, "nice gesture, but come on, it won't change anyone's mind.". I basically agreed.

Maybe that was wrong. Maybe one silly gesture of love can actually be the final straw to bring a lifetime of hate crashing down.
 
2014-05-23 02:01:24 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: /I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


They weren't doing it from religion and you know it.  They were doing it for attention and money.  They were as much as 'church' as I am a meerkat.
 
2014-05-23 02:08:08 PM
I always knew he'd die a power bottom.
 
2014-05-23 02:10:38 PM
Fred Phelps was a miserable, evil bastard whose time here on Earth could have been better spent.
 
2014-05-23 02:20:56 PM

Chariset: Benevolent Misanthrope: /I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...

They weren't doing it from religion and you know it.  They were doing it for attention and money.  They were as much as 'church' as I am a meerkat.


Because no other churches are about attention and money.  Would they hold the same belies if they didn;t do the protests?  I think so.  Ergo, church.

Nice to meet you Timon.
 
2014-05-23 02:26:58 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


It is a law firm dressed in choir robes.  Everyone knows that. I've got kin in eastern KY and WV who still dance with snakes on Sundays and even THEY know that.

I don't think any thinking individual really sees them as any kind of representative for religion, any religion, at all.
 
2014-05-23 02:37:49 PM

Shadow Blasko: It is a law firm dressed in choir robes. Everyone knows that. I've got kin in eastern KY and WV who still dance with snakes on Sundays and even THEY know that.

I don't think any thinking individual really sees them as any kind of representative for religion, any religion, at all.


It barely has anything to do with litigation. That's merely a threat to keep them from getting physically hurt. Their court winnings to date could barely sustain a year of their activities ($200,000 expenses a year). They use Christianity for the tax exemption, which is why all money is funneled into the church and then back out to the members.
 
2014-05-23 02:38:32 PM
If he'd lived any longer, he would have had so many cocks entering his ass it would have looked like a sausage stuffer in reverse.
 
2014-05-23 03:10:02 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another wao cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


That's because it's a lawyered-up troll group that tries to goad people into attacking, and threathens to extort money from municipalities if anything happens to them, using 1st Amendment rghts.

If courts ruled "sorry, you're in the 'fighting words' category" and/or "Yep, your rights have been violated. Here's damages of $1", they'd find another scheme.


scottydoesntknow: It barely has anything to do with litigation. That's merely a threat to keep them from getting physically hurt. Their court winnings to date could barely sustain a year of their activities ($200,000 expenses a year). They use Christianity for the tax exemption, which is why all money is funneled into the church and then back out to the members.


And true as well.
 
2014-05-23 03:22:00 PM
I'm just guessing but given this Church I'm pretty sure some financial motivation was involved somehow. Maybe he controlled assets of the Church that other members wanted in their name.
 
2014-05-23 04:12:01 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...



THIS
 
2014-05-23 04:14:13 PM

nekom: He's still dead, right?  Yes?  Good.

Unless he re-spawns.

/Took Jeebuz 3 days.
//God hates lags.
 
2014-05-23 04:14:16 PM
The whole WBC thing was performance art/pro-gay agitation.  Mark my words, that guy was the biggest IRL troll in the history of IRL trolls, and did more good for gays than a thousand pride rallies.
 
2014-05-23 04:16:28 PM
By dying?
 
2014-05-23 04:17:04 PM
If there's a hell, I hope he's sucking weenies there.
 
2014-05-23 04:17:07 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


i'll pray for you.
 
2014-05-23 04:17:23 PM
Wasn't Fred Phelps once arrested for something that happened in a Men's Room back in the 70s or am I thinking of some other anti-gay bigot?
 
2014-05-23 04:18:19 PM
Is there any was we could excommunicate Westboro from the planet? Just send them a notice or something.

"Dear Jackholes of Westboro,

We, the people of Earth, hereby excommunicate you from our planet. At 8 pm tomorrow the earth will come to a complete stop and you will all kindly get off.

Hugs and kisses,

Humanity."
 
2014-05-23 04:18:22 PM
His heart grew three sizes that day, which caused an aortic aneurysm.
 
2014-05-23 04:18:51 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


To be fair, WBC is EVERBODY'S no true Scotsman. Nobody want to be associated with them, for good reason.

Plus, there are some legitimately good people in religion. My great aunt is a Benedictian nun; she, literally, takes people off of the street and gives 'em 3 hots and cot with no questions asked. And she doesn't try to sell them on religion. She'll be 95 this year.

/ some being the operative word
 
2014-05-23 04:19:20 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


All religions are identical, and for instance, there weren't a revolution in Europe breaking the Lutheran Protestand church away.

Also, fark you.
 
2014-05-23 04:22:06 PM

GhettoWinter: Benevolent Misanthrope: Pastor Fred Phelps, the infamous founder of the intolerant, quasi-religious Westboro Baptist Church, apparently had a change of heart before his death.

No.  NO, motherfarkers.  You do not get to excuse the behavior of religious people with this "Oh, not really religious." bullshiat.  Baptist.  Christian.  Maybe not your brand of Christian, but Christian nonetheless.  Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.

/I am so damn tired of the religious "no true Scotsman" culture...


THIS


So just because someone calls themselves a Christian, they are automatically a Christian.

I am the IRS.  Give me 10% of everything you made last month.
 
2014-05-23 04:22:18 PM
One good deed does not undo a lifetime of evil.
Likewise, doing nothing does even less.
 
2014-05-23 04:24:49 PM
I forgive him. But it's not up to me.
 
2014-05-23 04:24:56 PM
And he was excommunicated from Humanity for being a dick.
 
2014-05-23 04:25:10 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Not acknowledging that is just another way to cover up bad behaviours within your ranks.


What ranks? The Westboro Baptist Church was Fred Phelps and his extended family.
 
2014-05-23 04:25:35 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Is there any was we could excommunicate Westboro from the planet? Just send them a notice or something.

"Dear Jackholes of Westboro,

We, the people of Earth, hereby excommunicate you from our planet. At 8 pm tomorrow the earth will come to a complete stop and you will all kindly get off.

Hugs and kisses,

Humanity."


We've tried. There's a reason none of them fly to other countries. Their passports would magically become invalid. The town Topeka can't stand them; but, the town just can't get rid of them. The Phelps clan does have some pretty notable defectors. If I remember right; most of his grand kids are out and several of his children.

/ just ignore them; or you could say, "I don't believe in WBC" a bunch then see what happens
 
2014-05-23 04:26:01 PM
If this is true (and that's a pretty big conditional) then I'm happy that he figured this out before he died, but it's sad that he never actually had the time to make amends for all the evil he fostered.

As it stands, either way, his legacy is going to, forever, be a hateful and shameful one.
 
2014-05-23 04:29:58 PM
Nothing like putting words in a dead man's mouth to whitewash a lifetime of evil.
 
2014-05-23 04:31:58 PM
too little, too late.
 
2014-05-23 04:33:00 PM
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So Fred Phelps, at the end, was just an old person trying to get into heaven?

/God Hates Hypocrites
//jk, atheist
///Feed the Worms Phelps!
 
2014-05-23 04:33:23 PM

Best Princess Celestia: One good deed does not undo a lifetime of evil.


Wasn't he a prominent civil rights attorney?
 
2014-05-23 04:34:18 PM

Mouser: Nothing like putting words in a dead man's mouth to whitewash a lifetime of evil.


Yeah I am alll about this.

"Changing his mind" at the doorstep of his death is farking meaningless after spending a lifetime virulently sprewing hatred across the world.

Nah, fark him. I'd like to think he's writhing eternally in hell, but hell isnt real. But he is good 'n' dead.
 
2014-05-23 04:36:06 PM

OtherLittleGuy: That's because it's a lawyered-up troll group that tries to goad people into attacking, and threathens to extort money from municipalities if anything happens to them, using 1st Amendment rghts.

If courts ruled "sorry, you're in the 'fighting words' category" and/or "Yep, your rights have been violated. Here's damages of $1", they'd find another scheme.


Is this how you want the courts to treat pro-abortion and pro-gay protestors when a municipality violates their rights?  "Here's a dollar, now fark off"?
 
2014-05-23 04:36:38 PM
Not all gays are bad, only the ones you know about.
 
2014-05-23 04:37:10 PM

NutWrench: Fred Phelps was a miserable, evil bastard whose time here on Earth could have been better spent.


There's no such thing as evil people.  Such gross simplifications are exactly what enabled the harmful beliefs Phelps helped perpetuate.

You can do more harm than good.  You can be greedy.  You can be shortsighted.  You can be wrong.  But if you think that Phelps' harm was motivated out a will to do harm, you're off your rocker.
 
2014-05-23 04:39:21 PM
God may forgive him. I never will.
 
2014-05-23 04:41:12 PM
Obvious tag broken?
 
2014-05-23 04:43:04 PM
If his target was to grow hate in people and also to kill love and forgiveness then his aim was true. Bullseye
 
2014-05-23 04:46:11 PM
Who cares?

Organized Religion cannot vanish from the face of the Earth soon enough.
Weak-minded Control-freaks, the lot of them.

You wanna find God?
Here's an idea
Go look for God, dumbass.
 
2014-05-23 04:46:24 PM

Danger Avoid Death: Is there any was we could excommunicate Westboro from the planet? Just send them a notice or something.

"Dear Jackholes of Westboro,

We, the people of Earth, hereby excommunicate you from our planet. At 8 pm tomorrow the earth will come to a complete stop and you will all kindly get off.

Hugs and kisses,

Humanity."


We could shun them.
 
2014-05-23 04:47:01 PM
Did he ever say anything about how sorry and ashamed he was for doing so much nasty shiat with his life and how he couldn't possibly make up for it all but he'd spend whatever short time he had left trying?

If not, I'm not all that impressed with his change of heart.
 
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