Nate Phelps, the son of Fred Phelps, posted late last night to his Facebook page that his father was near death and was in a hospice in Topeka, Kansas.
Fred Phelps, the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, made a name for his church and himself with the mantra, “God Hates Fags,” and by first picketing Matthew Shepard’s funeral. WBC, under Fred Phelps’ leadership, went on to picket numerous gay people’s funerals as well as the funerals of American soldiers, schools, celebrity events and anywhere else they could go to get attention.
From the Capitol-Journal: After Phelps was voted out of Westboro Baptist Church this past summer, he was moved out of the church and into a house, where he was watched to ensure he wouldn’t harm himself, a son estranged from the church said Sunday. Phelps eventually stopped eating and drinking, and on Sunday, he was near death, son Nate Phelps said in a Facebook posting. The information also is based on an email sent by Nate Phelps to a Topeka Capital-Journal reporter. “(Fred) is at Midland Hospice House where, as of yesterday (Friday), he is comfortable without the respiratory difficulty that he was having the day before and is unresponsive,” Nate Phelps wrote, quoting a message sent to him.