The death of Fred Phelps today should have gone unnoticed. He was an unremarkable man whose attempt at trolling the good people of the United States of America was simply shock marketing for a brand that was worthless. He and his religious movement existed on the fringe of American society, using the phrase "God Hates Fags" as a way of gaining attention. If Phelps and his clan had simply behaved as religious kooks without the hate messages, no one would be laughing today at his demise.
Even reprehensible and irresponsible Americans enjoy a level of freedom not found in many other countries. With his death, Phelps proves the greatness of America, even if the country is sickened by his life's work.