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The Inside Story of Fred Phelps’s Estranged Son and How He Escaped Westboro Baptist Church: VIDEO

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A fascinating trailer has been released for a new Kickstarter-backed documentary film about the story of Nate Phelps – the estranged son of the late Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps.

Via the film’s Kickstarter page:

"Not My Father's Son" will chronicle Nate's story from the years of physical, emotional and mental abuse he suffered at the hands of his father from a young age through his journey toward healing to his subsequent and current fight for justice and equality for all people.

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP

Over $8,000 of the $50,000 goal has already been raised. Head over to the Kickstarter campaign here to donate. 

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Grandson of Anti-Gay WBC Pastor Fred Phelps Says He Had 'Change of Heart' Before He Was Voted Out

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Equality House, the resource center for all Planting Peace human rights and bully prevention initiatives, sits across the street from the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas to bring attention to the church's hate.

The group posted a note to its Facebook page last night from Zacharias Phelps-Roper, a member of the Phelps family and a former member of WBC, alleging that church founder Fred Phelps had "a change of heart" about his anti-gay hate which was what got him excommunicated from the church.

It's unclear what prompted the message from Zacharias, which reads:

Zacharias_phelps-roperFred W. Phelps, my grandfather, came out in support of the Equality House before he was voted out of WBC.

Specifically, on the day that he was excommunicated, he stood outside of the front door of the church (but not within anyone's earshot but a few members of WBC who happened to be in the immediate vicinity)... I say, he spoke words to this effect to the Equality House: "You are good people."

I feel like he had a change of heart after my grandmother nearly passed away, and he felt the pangs of loss ... he waited for news of her every day and night while she was in intensive care. I think this triggered a chain reaction whereby he developed great empathy for others... which would explain why he would support  Planting Peace's anti-suicide and anti-bullying platforms, and their charities across the world....

I love my grandfather! And I believe people DO change, if they are inspired enough! - Zacharias Phelps-Roper.

Shortly after Phelps death, there were reports that the elder Phelps was excommunicated in a power struggle after calling for kinder treatment of fellow church members.


Westboro Counter-Protesters Hold Sign Saying 'Sorry For Your Loss' At Lorde Concert: VIDEO

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A day after Fred Phelps the founder of the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church died, the church decided to protest a Lorde concert in Kansas City for "serving herself and teaching other young people how to be indolent rebels." They also made an awesomely tone-deaf cover of Lorde's "Royals", but we digress.

SorryLorde tweeted to her fans that she wanted a counter-protest in response, but she later deleted that tweet. Nevertheless, local counter-protesters showed up to the venue holding signs reading "Sorry for your loss" and "Live your life and be awesome." 

As one protester told the KSHB news station, "I think if people are forced to have stare at [the WBC's hateful signs], they should have the option to have something good to look at." Protester Megan Coleman also said, "We realized that it wasn't so much about antagonizing them (the WBC), but sending out the counter message that we are here for people who need that message and need that positivity."

Sadly, one of the Westboro members feigned ignorance as to what the counter-protest signs were even in reference to.

See a video of the counter-protest AFTER THE JUMP...

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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.”


Rachel Maddow on How Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church Boosted Gay Rights: VIDEO

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Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church's plan to demonize gay people backfired over the years, helping the cause of equality by inspiring people to manifest their support for gay rights in reaction to the church's hate.

In a 'non-obituary' for Phelps, who died this week, Rachel Maddow looks at how it all went down.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Westboro Baptist Church Responds to the Death of Fred Phelps

The Westboro Baptist Church has responded to the death of Pastor Fred Phelps, writing, in part:

Fred_phelpsThe world-wide media has been has been in a frenzy during the last few days, gleefully anticipating the death of Fred Waldron Phelps Sr.  It has been an unprecedented, hypocritical, vitriolic explosion of words...

...So – the death of Fred Phelps’ body, a man who preached a plain faithful doctrine to an ever darkening world, is nothing but a vain, empty, hypocritical hope for you.

It’s like every journalist in the world simultaneously set aside what little journalistic integrity they have, so that they could wait breathlessly for a rumor to publish:  in-fighting, succession plans, and power struggles, oh my!  How shameful!  You’re like a bunch of little girls on the playground waiting for some gossip!

Listen carefully; there are no power struggles in the Westboro Baptist Church, and there is no human intercessor – we serve no man, and no hierarchy, only the Lord Jesus Christ.  No red shoes, no goofy hat, and no white smoke for us; thank you very much.

No board, no separate decision making body, just humble servants of God – qualified according to the scriptures, and chosen by the church – privileged to feed the sheep for a time...

...God forbid, if every little soul at the Westboro Baptist Church were to die at this instant, or to turn from serving the true and living God, it would not change one thing about the judgments of God that await this deeply corrupted nation and world.  That is the pinnacle of your hopes, and by far the most vain.  Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, or the power of God.

Phelps, the leader of the "God Hates Fags" church, died late Wednesday night at the age of 84.

Phelps had been reported "on the edge of death" by his estranged son Nate earlier this week. Reports subsequently emerged that  the "God Hates Fags" pastor had been excommunicated after an internal power struggle at Westboro in which a board of elders - Steve Drain, Timothy Phelps, Jonathan Phelps, Samuel Phelps-Roper, Charles Hockenbarger and Fred Phelps Jr - also took down Shirley Phelps Roper from a position of authority.


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