Satanic Temple leader Lucien Greaves says he's happy that Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. is near death, and that he can't wait to perform a Pink Mass ceremony at the man's gravesite — a bizarre cult-like rite aimed at turning a soul gay.
The significance is that Westboro touts a message of hatred toward gays, often protesting the funerals of military members with signs stating God abhors homosexuals and brings about world conflict as punishment.
Mr. Phelps is reportedly just days from death, resting at a hospice in Kansas. He was recently excommunicated from the church for promoting a gentler approach among its members, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.
Mr. Greaves, who was born under a different name, was reportedly charged in 2013 for desecrating the gravesite of Mr. Phelps's mother, Catherine Johnston, during a Pink Mass ceremony that included the trade of kisses among gay couples over her headstone.
Mr. Greaves was reportedly also charged after police viewed a photograph of him splaying his private parts atop that headstone, Huffington Post reported.
In an email to The Washington Times, Mr. Greaves clarified that he was never formally charged with any misdemeanor.
He said: "The sheriff claimed, to the press, that he had a warrant drawn up, but I was never actually contacted. … I maintain that my actions were not criminal." Mr. Greaves also said in his email that the reported claims of charges over a photograph of him at the gravesite never came to fruition, either.
Now, the Satanist group leader has vowed to do the same to Mr. Phelps's gravesite once he passes away.
"After having two same-sex couples — one male, one female — engage in homoerotic activity at the gravesite [last summer], we declared Fred Phelps's mother a postmortem homosexual conversion," Mr. Greaves told Vice.com. "At the time, I predicted that Fred hadn't too much longer till he would pass and I stated — in a direct tweet to the WBC — that I would be presiding over Fred's own Pink mass before too long.
"I fully intend to do my very best to see it through," he said.
© Copyright 2016 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.