Funeral Protestor’s Son Preaches Tolerance

Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Westboro Baptist Church Pastor Fred Phelps is hated by many, for his protesting of military funerals.

But his son, Nate Phelps, is among those fighting against his father’s message of intolerance. This week, the younger Phelps is in St. Louis telling teenagers not to be shaken by his family’s messages.

Nate Phelps says, as a child, he knew something wasn’t right.

Not because of the words his father said, but the beatings he gave to Nate’s mother and siblings.

“It was unsafe. If I were to announce I was leaving, there was going to be violence,” Phelps said.

So he waited until his 18th birthday, and fled.

“When I left there, I left convinced, I was going to hell,” remembered Phelps.

He says he spent decades trying to reconcile religious beliefs with what his father preaches. Phelps calls the Westboro Church a cult.

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