When Catherine Johnston died in July, members of the New York-based Satanic Temple traveled to Mississippi to perform a “Pink Mass” ceremony at her grave to turn her “gay forever.”
After the ceremony, Satanic Temple spokesperson Lucien Greaves said he would preside over a Pink Mass for Phelps as well.
“As I have made a promise to a dying man, I fully intend to do my very best to see it through, and the pomp and circumstance of this Pink Mass will surely far, far exceed that of the original event in Meridian, Mississippi,” Greaves said. “As I write this, Fred Phelps is now in the process of doing probably the one thing that he’ll ever do for which he will have my gratitude: He is dying.”
The WBC, famous for funeral picketing, does not plan to hold a funeral for Phelps when he dies.
“I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the ‘church’ back in August of 2013,” his estranged son, Nathan Phelps, wrote on Facebook. “He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.”
Fred Phelps was born in Meridian, Miss., in 1929. He is 84.
[The Clarion Ledger]