Estranged son of anti-gay Westboro pastor says father does ‘evil’
An estranged son of anti-gay Kansas pastor Fred Phelps said Wednesday that the spiritual leader of Westboro Baptist Church hit his wife and beat his children with a mattock handle until they bled.
“I think what he does out there is evil,” said Nathan “Nate” Phelps, during an appearance on HLN’s “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.”
Nate Phelps is the seventh of the Westboro Baptist minister’s 12 children. The younger Phelps severed ties with his family on his 18th birthday and said he hasn’t had contact with his father in three decades. Nate Phelps is currently writing a book about his family.
I hope he finishes and publishes this book. I would think it would be very very interesting.
The article goes on to say:
Likewise, Phelps said his father manipulates facts and circumstances to reach false conclusions.
“My father can make any connection to anything that anyone has done or hasn’t done in their life and point to that to say that that’s evidence they’re damned and going to hell,” Phelps said. “He’s convinced that homosexuality is the ultimate sin against God.
“So since the United States is taking steps to move in the direction of equality for gays in America, he says that has doomed America,” Phelps said. “So anyone who is connected to America, so anyone who is supporting America in any sense is subject to the wrath of God.”
When asked what he would say to his father if he could, Nate Phelps replied, “I’ve never had a relationship with my father. I wouldn’t know what to say to him.”
I’d like to ask dear old Dad how it is good and right and just to fail to do whatever it took, as a parent, to have a relationship with your own child.