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Watch: Son of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps Says Father Beat Wife and Kids 'So They Bled'


Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, appeared on Jane Velez Mitchell's show Issues to clarify statements he has made in the past about physical abuse of the family by his father.

Said Phelps: "He used his fists. He used his knees, he used his feet, and he used the handle of a mattock. He used that in such a way that it split the skin on the back of the kid's legs so they bled."


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  1. Shocker.

    Posted by: homoDM | Mar 17, 2011 2:27:12 PM

  2. Proverbs 13:24. Can't disobey the Bible, you know.

    (Yes, it's sad how the Phelps clan so easily inspires cynicism.)

    Posted by: Latebrosus | Mar 17, 2011 2:46:11 PM

  3. The Phelps are epic trolls. And I question their true motivations.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Mar 17, 2011 2:52:04 PM

  4. What's with the drums and beats in the background of this interview?

    Posted by: Michael J. Hildebrand | Mar 17, 2011 3:29:54 PM

  5. The whole issue of Baptist ministers that abuse members of their flock is an elephant in the room and currently overlooked because the concentrated effort is on the wealthier Catholic Church.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 17, 2011 4:03:58 PM

  6. why isn't this a surprise to anyone? the family is truly a very sick group and how it qualifies as a church is beyond me.

    Posted by: walter | Mar 17, 2011 4:25:22 PM

  7. @Walter, Jonestown was a "church" too...wasn't it?

    The term is...very flexible LOL

    Posted by: redball | Mar 17, 2011 4:34:25 PM

  8. This is Nathan Phelps. He has been estranged from the Adams family/Phelps clan for a very long time. The accusations of severe abuse date back years. Nate has been actively opposing his family for years and has been describing the horrific life he had while growing up. The childhood of a Charles Dickens character would be pleasant by comparison. The following document has been floating around the internet for years:

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 17, 2011 5:25:16 PM

  9. I had the most pleasure of meeting Nate in person down in SC. He stands with us. He is taking a very brave and bold action speaking out against his father. I consider this man to be a war hero who underwent nearly 2 decades of being a POW of his father.

    We should support Nate in any way we can.
    Very brave man.

    Posted by: Chris | Mar 17, 2011 7:27:36 PM

  10. @ redball does that mean that hopefully they will drink the koolaid and go away?

    Posted by: walter | Mar 17, 2011 8:36:59 PM

  11. On a technical note, the Bible clearly says that God does NOT love everyone.

    Just a handful of the many examples in the Bible where God is on record NOT loving everyone:
    Psalm 5:5 ("workers of iniquity")
    Psalm 11:5 ("the wicked" and violence-lovers)
    Proverbs 6:16, 19 (liars, sowers of discord)
    Malachi 1:3 (Esau)
    Romans 9:13 (Esau again ... really hates Esau)

    You can easily find similar statements (in both testaments) about atheists and Jews, and of course gay people.

    Posted by: Randy | Mar 17, 2011 10:14:44 PM

  12. I strongly feel that phelps is the sickest form of closet case. He is truly a sick person.

    Posted by: bill miller | Mar 18, 2011 11:19:57 AM

  13. I don't understand why if we can depot illegals why can't we deport the phelps family for hating america?
    Our soldiers fought and died so these a**holes can talk this much hatred about them. Makes me sick to my stomach. I would love to see them get drafted and sent overseas just so they could be sent home in body bags and we could picket their funerals.

    Posted by: planted12 | Jul 15, 2012 6:36:53 PM

  14. deport*

    Posted by: planted12 | Jul 15, 2012 6:37:09 PM

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