Fred Phelps loses again. The anti-gay pastor recently raised another bid to erect a monument celebrating Matthew Shepard’s grizzly 1998 murder.
Phelps had his eye on Casper, Wyoming’s monument plaza, which includes granite engravings of the Constitution, Magna Carta and other documents dedicated to freedom – something Phelps knows nothing about. Rejecting Phelps’ claim, Casper Mayor Kate Sarosy wrote:
Your monument is simply religious in character, based on your personal religious beliefs regarding Matthew Shepard, and bears no historical significance to the foundation of the law for our country. As such, the city cannot place your monument on city property without violating the establishment clause of the United States Constitution.
Phelps, meanwhile, comforted himself with delusions of Casper’s sulfur and brimstone end: “The end is coming, and it will be cataclysmic. I don’t expect to save Casper.” We’re sure Casper and its citizens are heart broken…