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.

Copyright KMOX Radio

Comments (2)
  1. Daniel Haszard says:

    Good for you Nate!

    Harassment by religious extremist

    Jehovah’s Witnesses instigated court decisions in 1942 which involved cursing a police officer calling him a fascist and to get in your face at the door steps,….this same JW 1942 court decision upheld infamous Phelps hate church in 2011
    Danny Haszard,more on this group

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