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I hope people treat his funeral the way we would want our family members treated. If we return hate that will just validate the message of the WBC and allow their actions to dictate our response. That church needs a new pastor who has a warm heart and a more complete understanding of the Bible.

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Agreed - but I'm only human and can't help but have a little schadenfreude at the idea of him waking up dead and having to answer for his behavior to the God he claimed to represent.

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Mr. Phelps will now discover just how much forgiveness, mercy, and love our God is capable of. I suspect that our God is much bigger than he preached that He was, and for that I am thankful.

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Mr. Phelps will now discover just how much forgiveness, mercy, and love our God is capable of. I suspect that our God is much bigger than he preached that He was, and for that I am thankful.

Yes! It is my hope that he found the Peace that he obviously never seemed to experience on this Earth. (It's my experience in knowing people with so much anger, hate and prejudice as Mr. Phelps held to live lives with much restlessness and to lack Peace in heart and soul.) At the very least, he is experiencing a rather rude awakening.

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Yes! It is my hope that he found the Peace that he obviously never seemed to experience on this Earth. (It's my experience in knowing people with so much anger, hate and prejudice as Mr. Phelps held to live lives with much restlessness and to lack Peace in heart and soul.) At the very least, he is experiencing a rather rude awakening.

I'm not as kind as you are, Ted. I'm rather hoping for the rude awakening. That being said, I agree with AZhiker that we should conduct ourselves with dignity and not stoop to the level of the WBC when it comes to Mr. Phelps' funeral. No scenes, no protests. We are better than that.

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To be honest, I'm not trying to be kind towards this Mr. Phelps. He was a fool and did much harm and caused much heart-ache to many people. I hope for his Peace simply because I hope that Life in the "Hereafter" is Peaceful; that it's filled with the Love not necessarily experienced here. It's what I hope we all will experience when we die. And, yes, I also hope that we conduct ourselves with dignity and not stoop to the level of the WBC as we live out our own lives. Their callous bigotry should serve, at the very least, as an educational opportunity to learn how to respectfully and gracefully respond to issues and people that are different from our own pre-conceived ideas and views of what's "right and wrong".

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I just read that there isn't going to be a funeral.

I agree that we shouldn't act like he and his family acted because that makes us like them. We had the Patriot Guard Riders at my dad's military funeral and at the military funeral of a local young man who died in Afghanistan from an IED. They were quiet, unobtrusive, and protective.

I'm hoping without his influence, his family will quietly go away and rethink their wrong-headed position.

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As much hate as the man propagated, I would love to be a fly on the wall when he wakes up in the next world and realizes - whatever his final destiny - that God in fact hates no one.

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I just read that there isn't going to be a funeral.

I agree that we shouldn't act like he and his family acted because that makes us like them. We had the Patriot Guard Riders at my dad's military funeral and at the military funeral of a local young man who died in Afghanistan from an IED. They were quiet, unobtrusive, and protective.

I'm hoping without his influence, his family will quietly go away and rethink their wrong-headed position.

I doubt very much that this family and their church will go quietly anywhere. They are bigoted and hateful people who preach intolerance and breed ignorance. They are the worst examples of what can go wrong with dogmatic thinking and arrogance in Christianity, or any other religion. I have no kind words for their ideologies or actions.

I am only Christian enough to hope that he encounters my God, who is much more loving that Fred Phelps preached. I have to really, really suppress the desire of the flesh which wants him to rot in hell...God help me.

It is curious that Mr. Phelps' church and family apparently abandoned him in his last hours. He was excommunicated for seeking a kinder approach to some issues. My guess is that there won't be a funeral because 1) nobody wants to pay for one, and 2) they don't want to invite picketing and protests in the style that they made famous.

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I can't say I'm sorry to hear that Fred Phelps has passed on. He served a god (intentionally not capitalized) that bears little resemblance to the God I know, who loves all of His creation both human and otherwise. I hope now that Phelps has met his Maker, the hate and intolerance he spread will melt away, and he will see the truth and light of God as He really is.

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