Fred Phelps won't have funeral

There will be no funeral for Fred Phelps, Sr., the former leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, who died Wednesday night.
By Gabrielle Levy   |   March 21, 2014 at 10:55 AM   |   Comments

March 21 (UPI) -- No funeral will be held for Fred Phelps, Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, who died shortly before midnight late Wednesday.

The 84-year-old former leader of the controversial church, who was excommunicated in August 2013, died at a hospice in Topeka, Kan., shortly after his estranged son Nathan Phelps announced his father was "on the edge of death".

While the family offered no explanation for why there would be no funeral, his former church, known for its anti-gay protests at military funerals, tweeted out a statement giving "thanks [to] God for Fred Phelps Sr.'s passing."

"God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world. That is the pinnacle of your hopes, and by far the most vain. Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, or the power of God."


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