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What Happens After Phelps Is Gone?

Jim Burroway

March 17th, 2014

Does Westboro dry up and go away? That’s what happens to most personality-driven cults, but if reports of  Phelps’s excommunication are true, then it looks like the rest of the Phelps clan is already taking steps to make sure that doesn’t happen. Nate Phelps, Fred Phelps Sr.’s estranged and excommunicated son, explains why Phelps pere’s own excommunication is so important:

The death of Fred Phelps Sr. will raise a big issue for the church members because they don’t believe any of them are going to die, Nate Phelps said.

“They fully expected that Christ is going to return, and they are going to be taken up with him because they think that death is a judgment from God,” Nate Phelps said. “So far, that illusion has held because none of them has passed.

“They’re clear about that, that they’re not going to feel the sting of death,” Nate Phelps said. But anytime a prophecy fails, the notion that that will dismantle the system is far from true, and the system is stronger and bigger because they have to dig down deep and come up with “some palatable justification” to move forward, he said.

The excommunication could be the very thing to provide that “palatable justification.”

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Richard Rush
March 17th, 2014 | LINK

“The death of Fred Phelps Sr. will raise a big issue for the church members because they don’t believe any of them are going to die, Nate Phelps said.”

Perhaps Fred’s excommunication was a calculated preemptive action so that, on the remote chance that Fred does die, they can still claim that church members do not die. So, perhaps they don’t really believe it themselves. Always remember, the word “believe” contains the word “lie” hiding in the middle.

Nathaniel
March 17th, 2014 | LINK

It wouldn’t surprise me if there was some reason to excommunicate him other than that he was merely dying, but it does prove rather convenient. They better hope none of them dies in a sudden, and tragic way, or they might find their faith unraveling. The problem with a god-of-the-gaps is that there is no room left for God when all the gaps are gone.

TampaZeke
March 17th, 2014 | LINK

What happens when Fred Phelps is gone?

Fags and Fag Enablers will go gloriously and fabulously on the same as we did after Jerry Falwell was gone and after Jimmy Swaggart was gone and after Oral Roberts was gone and the same as will happen when Tony Perkins and Brian Brown and Maggie Gallagher and Bryan Fischer and Scott Lively and Vladimir Putin and Yoweri Museveni and the rest of the Hee Haw hate and ignorance brigade are gone!

TampaZeke
March 17th, 2014 | LINK

My apologies to Jimmy Swaggart for the premature report of his demise. Please move him from the “what we did” list to the “what we will do” list.

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