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R.I.P. Fred Phelps

R.I.P. Fred Phelps

Thank you for showing the world the worst type of hate that comes with homophobia, and humanizing its ridiculousness. 

We’re certain you did much more to progress the acceptance of LGBT people than you did to harm it, forcing religious people to reevaluate their own intolerance in the wake of how vile you were. 

Though we can’t say we’re horribly saddened by your death, we refuse to celebrate it in the way you celebrated the deaths of countless LGBT and LGBT-positive people. 

Instead, we simply hope the negative example you presented lives on in the hearts of people who changed their ways because of it.

RIP, Fred. 

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