How to handle Fred Phelps’ Death

So by now if you haven’t heard…Fred Phelps had died.

And in case you haven’t been paying attention for the past who knows how many years, he was the leader of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.

The Westboro Baptist Church is infamous for protesting soldiers funerals, their vehement opposition to the LGBTQ community, and most recently a Lorde concert. They have spread so much hatred that even Christians dislike them.

So, now that Fred Phelps has died…what should our response be?\

A couple responses that I found on twitter:

“That awkward moment, when you’re ecstatic someone’s dead. Burn in hell you worthless piece of trash. #FredPhelps”

“Having a no good, rotten day? Well #FredPhelps is dead. So you got that going for ya.”

I’m not going to go much further, because much to my surprise there was more loving and positive posts than I expected.

I was pleasantly surprised.

I will not in any way defend what Fred Phelps or the Westboro Baptist Church does. They have done/do some pretty terrible things. Awful, hate-filled, and despicable things.

But I will defend their humanity. They are humans, just as lost, struggling, and pain-experiencing as the rest of us. So to that end, I submit that we show them love.

Even when you were at your worst, someone has shown you love. So I submit that even when they are consistently at their worst, show them love. For love conquers all.