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(RNS) While some post anti-Phelps comments on Facebook, at least one blogger is urging the LGBT community to be more charitable and "show love to the most unlovable person."

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  1. The man served a purpose while he walked the earth. He was a model for every parent to use to teach their children what not to be and what God does not approve of. I spoke with the man one time and in my opinion he was not a happy man. He was full of anger, resentment and hate. He helped and not hurt the Gay and Lesbian agenda by his vile remarks. Some people for the first time came to see the oppression Gay’s and Lesbian’s suffered because of him. God be with you Mr. Phelps for you will need God’s mercy and grace to stay out of hell!

  2. When anyone like Phelps uses religion to spread bigotry it only demonstrates their awful ignorance about religion and all other areas in the history of knowledge. That do not deserve charity or forgiveness, they only deserve forgetting, starting with ignoring their death. No reason to express joy over their death, just be glad one source of evil in the disguise of their distorted ideas of religion is over.

    There will be more like Fred Phelps, you can count on that. Many loud ones remain. Religion has a history as full of evil as any other human behaviors. The worst of those evils is always demonstrated when someone like Phelps or Oliver North attempts mix religion with politics. It is up to honest followers of the precepts of Jesus to practice what is true and what is good. If it is not good, it is not true. People like Fred Phelps are certainly no exemplars of Jesus.

  3. When anyone like Phelps uses religion to spread bigotry it only demonstrates their awful ignorance about religion and all other areas in the history of knowledge. They do not deserve charity or forgiveness, they only deserve forgetting, starting with ignoring their death. No reason to express joy over their death, just be glad one source of evil in the disguise of distorted ideas of religion is over.

    There will be more like Fred Phelps, you can count on that. Many loud ones remain. Religion has a history as full of evil as any other human behavior. The worst of those evils is always demonstrated when someone like Phelps or Oliver North attempts to mix religion with politics. It is up to honest followers of the precepts of Jesus to practice what is true and what is good. If it is not good, it is not true. People like Fred Phelps are certainly no exemplars of Jesus.

    • Edward Borges-Silva

      You speak rather blithely of the “precepts of Jesus” yet you have ignored one of his most paramount instructions. I am a conservative evangelical whose perspective is no doubt anathema to you, though I do agree that that Phelps was hateful and misguided. However, Jesus placed forgiveness on a high plane. For example. He taught His disciples to forgive “70 times 70 times,” …parenthetically, this means without end. We all sin, we all do hateful things, and we are all in need of both Jesus forgiveness, and the forgiveness of others. Perhaps you need to reexamine your own sense of compassion and forebearance.

      • The revisionism is already starting. Its just a matter of time before conservative Christians all start coming out and saying that they never agreed with Phelps from the outset. The truth of the matter is Phelps was saying in a loud and crass way, what they all were saying with more hushed tones. Conservative Christians weren’t the people opposing Phelps or his message nor criticizing his brand of religious expression.

        We can put this all in a Biblical context. Phelps sowed the wind, he can reap the whirlwind. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

        Its funny how people like yourself talk about compassion and forebearance when you spend so much time finding excuses for not treating people with the same. Typical Christian blinkered attitude. Things only matters if it happens to them. Humanity is for other people.

        God may forgive Phelps, but there is no compelling reason for anyone else to.

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