I’ll admit my instinct was the same many had regarding Fred Phelps.
Phelps was a man who’s life had been dedicated to some of what I feel is the worst aspects of our society. Hatred, bigotry, hyperbolic gestures of condemnation. All in the name of worship for a figure that surely, and obviously would not condone such acts of grandiose social sadism.
Why not rejoice in one less mean person who forced his insane bastardization of a religion on those mourning the loss of their loved ones? For press. Sensational propaganda to spread what is, as I understand it, the good word? I am very tempted to make crass jokes and indeed celebrate this creep being dead. There is a healthy amount of non-morrisette brand irony there, and I’m aware.
I’m not religious. But if I were, phelps would bother me even more, him doing such damage to the image of those who do live by the words in the bible, that do praise the Lord, god, Jesus and the rest of the gang.
Perhaps if there were fewer people like Phelps in organized religion I might have found my way there. How many others don’t find solice in something that might work for them because the scene is dominated by crazy?
I know religion isn’t for me, but I also know it is GREAT for many, and that’s some of the greatest damage people like phelps do. They make sane people stay away from something that can be good for them.
What I’m really trying to say is: I’m glad he’s dead. In the rhetorical world it’d be hilarious to picket his funeral with signs that mocked his actions (things like ‘GOD HATES PHELPS’, having Elton John play, or etc) but in the simplest terms,we’d be just as bad as him.
As I said, I’m not religious, but if I look to the people in my life that are, I believe the most righteous of them might say, that the bible says we should forgive him.
I think that’s how we get our digs in. By just forgiving the sad, pathetic, shriveled pea of a man who lived with such hate in his heart that it made us hate him too.
If we were to have some mock protesting of the hurt he’s caused, I’d like to humbly submit that idea: one big, colorful sign that says, simply: WE FORGIVE YOU.