Nate Phelps, estranged son of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps, plans to speak at an atheist rally.
“Nate Phelps brings a powerful voice and story to the rally,” Reason Rally organizer David Silverman said in the release. “He shows us all that if you can come out as an atheist in that family, it’s possible anywhere.”
The younger Phelps is described on his website as an LGBT advocate who, “speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse.”
The site says Phelps left his father’s home at midnight on his 18th birthday after enduring “extreme physical punishments and abuse, extreme dietary and health requirements, and other extreme expectations,” while growing up under his father, according to the site.
Many people believe that the Westboro Church is a fraud designed by trolls who do not believe what they preach, but rather, try to earn money from lawsuits. Nate Phelps is proof that, unfortunately, the church and it’s members do believe what they preach.
To those attending the rally, I strongly recommend listening to Nate speak. His testimony regarding his departure from his family home was riveting.
(Source: The Huffington Post)