This is an interesting, thoughtful take on the life and death of Phelps. Mostly, I agree. Though I think I will have a small drink to celebrate his passing. To paraphrase Mal Reynolds- “Forgiveness is the mark of a great man. (Takes celebratory drink). Guess I’m just a good man. (turns on party music and dances). Well, I’m alright.”
And now for the less flippant bit, that I decidedly did not write, but do think I should share:
“Phelps held a mirror up to the homophobic Christians as to what their “principles” looked like. They did not like what they saw. They saw hatred, but did not feel like haters. It forced many to take a more educated look at scripture and found their original uneducated comprehension was lacking. They found there were many ancient mandates there that did not apply to modern life, and they found that the passages they had ascribed to gay people both did not apply, nor did they feel the ramifications reflected the bigger core principles of love that they valued.
Fred Phelps became the example that no self respecting Christian wanted to become. Many actively readdressed their values and public tolerance of LGBT rights began to surge.”