There is a discussion in the gay and gay-supportive communities about the death of Fred Phelps. Westboro Baptist Church says no funeral will be held because they “don’t believe in worshiping the dead,” which is convenient since they’ve built their notoriety on protesting funerals.
When the news of Phelps’ death was announced, it was greeted with celebration and glee in some quarters, quiet satisfaction in others. But still others said there should be NO celebrating of his death, that we should be nice to the Phelps clan, that we should show them compassion.
I’m on the side of sci-fi writer David Gerrold who posted on Facebook that he was having a hard time feeling compassion for Fred Phelps because he’s not done feeling compassion for Matthew Shepard.
What do you think? Do you celebrate Phelps’ death? Did it satisfy you? Or do you think we should go out of our way to be nice and compassionate to the Phelps family?