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Fred Phelps Abused His Children?

Posted by nicolen on November 4, 2007

This probably won’t shock too many people. 

Phelps’ son speaks out

(Mike Silvestri/Examiner)
Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps and his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roper, tell reporters outside U.S. District Court in Baltimore that they will continue protesting dead troops’ funerals despite the $10.9 million judgment against the church. Kelsey Volkmann and Mike Silvestri, The Examiner
2007-11-02 07:00:00.0
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The Rev. Fred Phelps brainwashed his family and will keep trying to brainwash America with his anti-gay pickets at military funerals, his estranged son said.

A federal jury’s nearly $11 million judgment against Westboro Baptist Church won’t stop members from spreading their message of hate, said Nate Phelps.

“I think my old man has enough experience under the law, and he’s going to fight this,” said Phelps, who left his family and their church nearly 30 years ago.

Nate Phelps, 48, describes a violent childhood, in which he alleges his father beat him and his 12 siblings.

Nate Phelps, now living in British Columbia, Canada, has exchanged e-mails with Albert Snyder, the father of the fallen Marine who successfully sued the fundamentalist fringe group for invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

“I’ve seen a couple demonstrations of just how profoundly their protests affect people, and when you get into the emotions of picketing funerals, it’s pretty intense,” Snyder said.

Westboro members picketed the Westminster funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, Albert’s son, in March 2006, with signs reading “Thank God for dead soldiers.”

Others hurt by the Topeka, Kan., church hold out hope that the multimillion-dollar penalties will cripple the church.

Clergy welcomed the news of the lawsuit’s success.

“That kind of thing is an embarrassment to most Baptists,” said Robert Myers, pastor of Arundel Baptist Church in Gambrills.

And in Topeka, many saw the judgment as a victory.

Fred Phelps gives the entire town a bad name, said the Rev. Dan Davidson, pastor of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Topeka, where Westboro has picketed every weekend service for at least 15 years.


3 Responses to “Fred Phelps Abused His Children?”

  1. Jossi said

    It’s disgusting! Fred Phelps is possibly the most hateful Bible thumper in the world. To spread hate at a FUNERAL?!?!?! What is wrong with these people?

    Why are they so filled with hate?

    Is Fred Phelps a closet homosexual?

  2. fred said

    They get power and great feelings upon inflicting hate, sorrow and making others feel bad. This is what is wrong with these people and it is very creepy and sick!

  3. William said

    When Fred Phelps was 11 years old his mother caught him giving oral sex to a six year old cousin. He is currently suppressing latent gay urges

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