The nation is mourning the loss of another great artist today, religious satirist and activist Fred Phelps Sr. Phelps, known for his sarcastic and over-the-top "sermons" had been battling several ailments, but the cause of death has not been released.
Phelps gained popularity in the 1970's by creating his now infamous picket signs (literally none of which can be reprinted here). He, and a small but dedicated group of followers, were often found at gay rights rallies, military funerals, and college campuses. His characterization of a severely right-wing conservative religious authority would often brighten the attitudes of those for whom he picketed, and he paved the way for other political satirist, such as Stephen Colbert.
Phelps was renowned for never breaking character, and even upon his deathbed, his family reports, he made several remarks which cannot be printed here. The Westboro Baptist Church, a hilariously named charity Phelps started to further support for gay rights, has been left to his daughter. She says that she will continue his work in his honor, and bring joy to everyone who loves ironic comedy.