Fred Phelps’ Westboro Baptist Church protested my seminary and one of my congregations. Today I pray for him as he passes from this life to the arms of a loving and forgiving God. People ask: does Phelps belong in Hell? He has already lived there for many years. Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies and Phelps was an enemy of our faith. God is not vengeful but grace filled. Ironically, Phelps’ protests showed the world how discrimination and hate towards gays and lesbians was anything but Christian. Today we do not rejoice in Phelps’ passing – or the pain of his family - but instead offer prayers that in death he will know the love of God that surpasses all human understanding. May this be a time of healing for all those hurt by Fred Phelps’ and Westboro Baptist Church.