I would have to be a much better writer to adequately express my loathing and detestation of Fred Phelps. Comparing him to a "cesspool" would be unfair to cesspools. His mind-boggling hatred of gays, and a host of other people, was truly disturbing. This writer nails it.
But did you know that Phelps earned a law degree and worked as a civil rights lawyer -- but was was disbarred in 1989 after nine federal judges signed a complaint against him that charged he made false accusations against them?
"There's something wonderfully liberating . . . in the notion that you're 100 percent right," he once said.
Perhaps that's a lesson for all of us, including me -- to not be like Fred Phelps by thinking we have a monopoly on the truth.