It would be quite ironical (and in many ways just) if he and some of his family came down with the most virulent strain of the ‘swine flu’. Makes one wonder how he would “spin” his way out of that one….
If it were any of the “other” Phelpses (not Fred), they’d still say the deceased was sinful and not mourn. They did a documentary on the WBC (titled “The Most Hated Family in America”) and the interviewer asked on of the girls (Jael Phelps I think) about why they celebrated people dying. She said they were celebrating God’s intervention. He asked her what would they do if she were hit by a bus and she said “I’d go to Hell and they’d celebrate God’s intervention”.
If it were TAP (That @$$hole Phelps), I could see it going one of two ways: They could claim that it was really the work of the Devil (funnily enough, the WBC seems to speak little of the Devil) or they could claim that he was a martyr.
Actually though, I think they just don’t associate things that happen to them as “God’s judgement”. One clip of the documentary showed them picketing and a person driving by threw a styrofoam cup at them. The cup hit a little boy who was picketing on the head. They all stopped to check on him, make sure he was alright, and the whole time, Shirley Phelps-Roper kept saying “That’s horrid, who’d throw something at a kid?” Someone online pointed out that in any other case, wouldn’t they think it was God’s judgement?