F red Phelps, a colossal jerk, died Thursday in Topeka, Kansas, at 84, after a long life in which even his few admirable achievements a series of civil rights cases that he filed as an attorney stemmed from a deeply disagreeable personality he loved to pick fights with his neighbors. He was the kind of person no one wanted to be around: a lawyer disbarred by his colleagues, a preacher disowned by every denomination he ever espoused, a father rejected by his children—even, in the end, the children who emulate his worst characteristics. Ordinarily, such an unpleasant and despicable man would not make much of a stir by dying. But Phelps was different from the garden-variety grinch in one important way: He had a thirst for notoriety and a genius for getting it. But Phelps understood that the engine of news is conflict, and the sharper the conflict, the better. So he made a life of showing up at newsworthy events to shout vile abuse and attack innocent people he had never met.
Good Riddance, Fred Phelps
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The Very Last Word on Fred Phelps
Fred Phelps once tried to change the zip code of Topeka, Kansas. It's The deceased founder of the Westboro Baptist Churchfelt it was too satanic. Phelps, we hardly got to know you! A few years ago, I had the mis fortune of spending quality time with 'Gramps' and the entire Phelps family in their gay-hating utopian compound in Topeka, Kansas.
Top definition. Fred Phelps. For some esoteric reason only his relatives want to stay in the church, and you have to be a member to marry a member, which keeps their straight teeth fluoridated and their fingers on their banjos. Fred has at least one 69 session with Satan every night, and hopes that if he does it well enough long enough he'll get his soul back. Ya gadda have faith.