All of us think it, but one person you probably wouldn’t think you were going to hear the words “my father is a sociopath”from is one of Westboro Baptist Church’s Fred Phelps’ sons. However that’s exactly what Nate Phelps told a gathering of students and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community at Clayton High School in Missouri last week.
Saying he believed this to be true due to his father’s “…inability to empathize with others, his calculated cruelty, and by laughing at the harm he causes”, Nate went on to speak about how he had himself suffered cruelty and abuse at the hands of his father, as well as how Fred Phelps attempted to cope with being at law school and having thirteen children to look after with a cocktail of barbiturates and amphetamines to cope and how he believes this “led to doubt, contradiction and fear“.
Escaping what alleged abuse from his father at 18, Nate spoke of how two of his other siblings had attempted to do the same with one, Mark, now living happily in Califonrnia, whilst his sister Kathy was forced back and beaten.
Highly critical of the way his father behaves, Phelps describes the Westboro Baptist Church as morally bankrupt:
“I have concluded that any system sustained by hatred, any theology that acts with deliberate cruelty to others and laughs at the suffering it causes, any ideology that marginalizes a group of people based on whom they choose to love is morally bankrupt and I reject it.”
Thee Supreme court however it appears are far more lenient in their views having granted the Westboro Baptist Church the right to continue to protest at funerals of fallen US soldiers on freedom of speech grounds.
Via The Vital Voice.