Pastor and founder of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church has assumed room temperature. It’ll be interesting to see how the “church” proceeds from here. One of the biggest question will be who will take over pastoral duties. Fred’s daughter, attorney and church member Shirley Phelps-Roper ,has been one of the most prominent faces of the church over the last several years, but I doubt that the church, which describes itself as “Primitive Baptist,” will accept a woman as pastor.
According to the Topeka Capital-Journal media calls to the church are either going to voice mail or being hung up on by members. Guess they’re not as vocal when one of their own dies. I wonder if they’ll picket Fred’s funeral, Given rumors that he had been excommunicated from the church prior to his death.
As a personal aside, in December of last year, I had contacted the church to arrange an interview with Fred on behalf of a media colleague.… Read the rest