Fred Phelps: Controversial Pastor Said ‘Near Death’By: Pam Wright - March 16, 2014
The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., 84, the controversial former pastor of the Westboro Baptist Church, known for his military and anti-gay sentiments, is in a care facility and near death.
The son of the former pastor, Nathan Phelps, posted about his father on his Facebook page Saturday.
“He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice in Topeka,” said Nathan Phelps, who left the church several years ago.
“I can tell you that Fred Phelps is having some health problems,” said church spokesman Steve Drain. “He’s an old man and old people get health problems.”
They claim the deaths are God’s punishment for American immorality and tolerance of homosexuality and abortion.
Westboro Baptist is a small church mostly comprised of Phelps’ extended family.
Last summer, Phelps was voted out of Westboro Baptist Church and moved out of the church and into a house, where he was watched to ensure he wouldn’t harm himself.
He eventually stopped eating and drinking.
Nate Phelps’ Facebook page confirmed the excommunication and his imminent death.