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Estranged Son Of Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps Speaks Out About His Father’s Death

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Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, has issued a statement on the death of his father, saying “I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been.”

Continued Phelps:

Nate phelpsEven more, I mourn the ongoing injustices against the LGBT community, the unfortunate target of his 23 year campaign of hate. His life impacted many outside the walls of the WBC compound, uniting us across all spectrums of orientation and belief as we realized our strength lies in our commonalities, and not our differences. How many times have communities risen up together in a united wall against the harassment of my family? Differences have been set aside for that cause, tremendous and loving joint efforts mobilized within hours…and because of that, I ask this of everyone – let his death mean something. Let every mention of his name and of his church be a constant reminder of the tremendous good we are all capable of doing in our communities.

The lessons of my father were not unique to him, nor will this be the last we hear of his words, which are echoed from pulpits as close as other churches in Topeka, Kansas, where WBC headquarters remain, and as far away as Uganda. Let’s end the support of hateful and divisive teachings describing the LGBT community as “less than,” “sinful,” or “abnormal.”  Embrace the LGBT community as our equals, our true brothers and sisters, by promoting equal rights for everyone, without exception. My father was a man of action, and I implore us all to embrace that small portion of his faulty legacy by doing the same.”

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  1. Beautiful statement.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Mar 23, 2014 6:47:34 PM

  2. Must be awful to have Fred Phelps as your father.

    Posted by: Christopher | Mar 23, 2014 7:00:05 PM

  3. nice guy

    Posted by: woody | Mar 23, 2014 7:12:42 PM

  4. While I appreciate Nate's sentiment. Mr. Phelps life means very little to nothing to me. I hope these people can find their way back to whatever good is left in them. Peace.

    Posted by: Jay | Mar 23, 2014 7:12:53 PM

  5. Those are perhaps the most eloquent and moving words that will ever be associated with the name "Fred Phelps."

    Posted by: gregor | Mar 23, 2014 7:47:28 PM

  6. Only an idiot would make these borderline personalities famous....stop it...

    Posted by: styler | Mar 23, 2014 8:16:01 PM

  7. Why did he wait so he looking for money too?...

    Posted by: styler | Mar 23, 2014 8:16:34 PM

  8. @Styler - He didn't wait a long time. He's been speaking out for years. He literally left home at the stroke of midnight when he turned 18.

    Posted by: Merv | Mar 23, 2014 8:28:44 PM

  9. Compassionately and eloquently stated.

    Posted by: Richard | Mar 23, 2014 8:41:37 PM

  10. Styler,

    The publicity whores at the WBC have been famous for decades, thanks to their awful behavior. No one at this blog is making them famous.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Mar 23, 2014 8:51:14 PM

  11. One sad puppy.

    Posted by: TomR | Mar 23, 2014 8:51:18 PM

  12. So they're both sides of the same idiot coin.....stop making all the Phelps famous...

    Posted by: styler | Mar 23, 2014 9:12:35 PM

  13. STYLER is a troll. Ignore him.

    Posted by: peterparker | Mar 23, 2014 9:13:06 PM

  14. You obviously don't know the part about where you don't have to "print all" the free speech uttered by people looking for fame...

    Posted by: styler | Mar 23, 2014 9:14:01 PM

  15. I'm not a troll...but I'm also not stupid and therefore need to use the "free computers" at the facility to get my point across....

    Posted by: styler | Mar 23, 2014 9:18:19 PM

  16. No troll thinks that they are trolls. They think they are geniuses.

    Posted by: Armando | Mar 23, 2014 11:43:49 PM

  17. Hey, I'm a troll. Some days and to some people. It can't be avoided so I don't try. It's important, very important, to get used to being called names and to being rejected by quite a few, especially by the kind who can't be made happy. That's their problem, not yours. If no good deed goes unpunished, no good man does either. Too bad. Carry on.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Mar 23, 2014 11:54:14 PM

  18. I'm not a troll. I just happen to post under several different name, and when I link them it's always to the same site. But no, I'm not a troll. I just have to much hate and vitriol for one username. And not enough dignity or bravery to be held accountable through just one.

    Posted by: Styler | Mar 24, 2014 12:04:22 AM

  19. Why do people like STYLER always have to be jerks?

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Mar 24, 2014 12:40:50 AM

  20. At the risk of a little levity - hope Nate Phelps doesn't mind - if you want to see why they are not holding a funeral for Fred Phelps, check out this video of the funeral in the Cary Grant, Audrie Hepburn film Charade:

    Posted by: Bill | Mar 24, 2014 2:33:22 AM

  21. styler: if you are not a troll stop acting like one

    Posted by: jjose712 | Mar 24, 2014 6:42:43 AM

  22. This site needs to get the DISQUS comment system to put an end to this trolling crap. It's free for webmasters, what gives?

    Posted by: antisaint | Mar 24, 2014 7:43:34 AM

  23. what would jesus say?
    what did sara and mitt say?

    Posted by: JIM | Mar 24, 2014 10:38:31 AM

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