The Twitterverse lit up when Fred Phelps died Thursday (March 20). No one eulogized the infamous, funeral-picketing pastor who had led the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. And some used the opportunity to dance on his yet unknown gravesite. But more tried a little humor, or prescribed a little humanity, to mark the passing of perhaps the most despised clergyman in America.
His [supposed] last words:
I hope Fred Phelps last words are, "Haters gonna hate."
— Adam Kelly (@AdamKellyVU) March 17, 2014
Fred Phelps last words reportedly, "I'm a closeted Brooklyn Hipster and this was all a big art project"
— peter vogt (@petermvogt) March 20, 2014
Showing compassion (of a sort):
Fred Phelps is on his deathbed. I wish the family luck with trying to have a quiet, dignified funeral they've denied so many others #HopeNot
— Shani (@Shani85) March 17, 2014
I never wish ill will on anyone but I can honestly say that the world will be brighter with one less false profit… http://t.co/zKEnF78sYq
— Tia Lee☀ (@IcedTia) March 20, 2014
It seems the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, has died. I sincerely hope he rests in peace. God knows he struggled here.
— Chely Wright (@chelywright) March 20, 2014
I'm not gonna celebrate Fred Phelps dying, but I can't say I feel any grief for him or his family. The world is a better place without him.
— Darion (@DarionLouis) March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps died, and the best thing we can do is picket his funeral with pies, cupcakes, and GOD LOVES EVERYBODY signs.
— Chris Coletta (@chris_coletta) March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps, leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, is on his deathbed and I just won $10 on a scratch ticket. Best day ever or..?
— Hank Mardukas (@gthenry93) March 20, 2014
Humorous (or intended to be)
Fred Phelps' passing causes angry exchanges in the Afterlife as God and Satan both issue statements saying "Well he didn't work for me".
— Donal O'Keeffe (@Donal_OKeeffe) March 20, 2014
Fred Phelps is dead. Humanity: 1 Westboro Baptist Church: -1
— Anthony Ornouski (@Ahoy_Palloi) March 20, 2014