By Rick Hiebert. All Rights Reserved. Used by Permission
Fred Phelps, the former pastor (as he had recently been excommunicated by his extremist Westboro Baptist Church), died today.
The National Post reports that he passed away in the wee hours of March 19-20. He was in a hospice and had been suffering from serious health problems recently.
No doubt you are well aware of the infamies of his ministry, but if not, Wikipedia has a useful introduction.
Phelps had been banned, along with other members of Westboro Baptist, from entering Canada in 2008 after announcing his plans to stage an anti-Canada protest at the funeral of a Winnipeg man.
Also, it was rediscovered last fall that Fred Phelps graduated from Prairie Bible Institute.