Fred Phelps is near death. You may have heard of it from the tasteful articles posted.
I know he and the cult he created (physically and genetically) have caused a severe amount of pain throughout the years but do we REALLY have to CELEBRATE the illness and passing of this hateful man with MORE HATE?
Through Nate Phelps' Facebook page, I found this. Posted by Chaplain Robert Hall. George Takei had similar peaceful thoughts this morning.
A productive way to deal with the latest news on Fred Phelps, the Westboro Baptist Church [cult] founder, who is dying in hospice care:
Let's try to do something constructive instead of bashing the Phelps family the way they've bashed gays, Jews, atheists, and everyone else over the years.
While you're at your computer or near your checkbook (do people still have those?), make a donation to your local or nearest ASO (AIDS service organization) in the name of, or in memory of Fred Phelps.
Let's finish this by cancelling out his hate with something positive.
Hopefully the Dallas Voice, Lone Star Q (John Wright), and Dallas Observer will repost this request.
Here are some additional donation resources in other areas that the Westboro Baptist cult have terrorized through typography and beyond for years:
The Trevor Project: suicide hotline group for LGBTQ youth
American Widow Project: "The mission of the American Widow Project is to provide vital support to military widows with peer based support programs designed to educate, empower, inspire and assist in rebuilding their lives int he face of tragedy"
Gold Star Wives: "Gold Star Wives of America, Incorporated is an organization of widows and widowers whose spouses died while on active duty in the military services or as the result of a military service connected cause."
Ark Chicago: "Create a safety net for Chicagoland Jews in need by providing vital human services within a framework of Jewish values and laws"
—-Note—- I'm having trouble searching for jewish charities that aren't Ark Chicago or are involved in buying land in Palestine. If you could add some in the comments, that would be great
Planting Peace (the rainbow house across the street from Westboro): "Planting Peace is a progressive nonprofit organization founded by Aaron Jackson and John Dieubon in 2004 for the purpose of spreading peace in a hurting world. Although our organization operates on a global level, we emphasize the power of one; the ability that each person possesses to make a difference in the world."
List of top 20 HIV/AIDS Charities: These are groups whose focus is exclusively HIV/AIDS. The list includes location of services and % of funds that go directly to programs.
The Phelps cult protest the drop of a hat so there are so many charities I could list. If you have a favorite, please post in the comments. Also, I have not vetted the charities listed and am not directly involved in any besides Trevor Project. I can only vouch for them so donate responsibly.