Son says Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps is "on the edge of death"

The hideous hate-monger is also reportedly no longer even a member of the hate-group-cum-church

By Elias Isquith
March 16, 2014 9:40PM (UTC)
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Fred Phelps

According to an estranged son, Fred Phelps, the octogenarian founder of the Westboro Bapitst Church (WBC) hate-group/cult, is "on the edge of death."

Writing on his Facebook, Phelps' son, Nate, who decades ago left the church and the family with it, claimed the controversial religious leader was barely holding on to life.

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"I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the 'God Hates Fags' Westboro Baptist Church ... is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas," wrote Phelps.

"I feel sad for all the hurt he's caused so many," Phelps continued. "I feel sad for those who will lose the grandfather and father they loved. And I'm bitterly angry that my family is blocking the family members who left from seeing him, and saying their good-byes."

In addition to revealing his father's perilous state, Nate Phelps also wrote that, during the summer of 2013, his father was excommunicated from the WBC, despite being its longtime patriarch and founder.

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"Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way," wrote Phelps of his father. "Destroyed by the monster he made."

You can read Phelps' Facebook post below:

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Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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