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Friday, March 21, 2014

The Onion's Fred Phelps Obit Is Annoyingly Perfect

Posted by Alison Hallett on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

It's so good I'm mad at it.

TOPEKA, KS—Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church and the man who is widely credited with forever ending the gay rights movement in America, died today at age 84.

“Fred Phelps may be gone, but he will long be remembered for the countless accomplishments and successes he achieved in his lifetime,” she added. “I can safely say that the name Fred Phelps will never, ever be forgotten, and that his entire life’s efforts—his very existence—was most certainly not in vain.”

Read it. It's a perfect piece of satire. It dodges the ick-factor of seeming to cheer Phelps' death, yet is magnitudes sharper and more cutting than any of the jokes that keep getting retweeted into my Twitter feed.

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