Monday, March 22, 2010

"Christian" Pastor Fred Phelps' Son Turns To Atheism

The "Reverend" Fred Phelps' church is well-known for holding disgusting protests such as this outside the funerals of slain soldiers across the county.

In what cannot be surprising to anyone, the son of the "Reverend" Fred Phelps, the infamous senior pastor of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, Nate Phelps is an atheist. I can see why growing up in a home headed by a hate-filled, vicious father could push a kid to deny there is a Heavenly Father. From the National Post:

"Mr. Phelps was not from a typical churchgoing family, but from what a BBC documentary once called "the most hated family in America." His father, pastor Fred Phelps, leads the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan. The family, and a handful of followers, has held nearly 43,000 demonstrations, mostly in U.S., a few in Canada, once in Iraq, picketing synagogues and Holocaust memorials, disrupting the funerals of American soldiers killed in action, and of murdered Amish schoolgirls. They are infamous for their hatred and cruelty. Their signs insist that "God Hates Fags," and hates America, too, for tolerating homosexuality. They chant "Thank God for 9/11," and for the bombs killing U.S. marines. They tried infiltrating the Winnipeg funeral in 2008 of Tim McLean, who was brutally murdered and decapitated on a Greyhound bus, calling it God's punishment for Canadians' sins, but backed off over fears for their safety. They march with broad smiles on their faces, their young children beside them, delighting in the outrage they provoke.

"This is the family into which Nate Phelps was born 51 years ago and fled 33 years ago. At the time, his father had not yet graduated to street protests, but used a fleet of fax machines to broadcast his unabashedly hate-filled screeds to the world. Of his 12 brothers and sisters, only he and two others have deserted: The rest have grown Westboro with their own sons and daughters, inculcated in Pastor Phelps' intolerant, Armageddonist preaching.

"...Up until a year ago, he was driving a taxi in B.C.'s interior, quietly questioning God by soaking up in his off hours the anti-religion arguments of Mr. Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris. Today, as a faith-doubting refugee from Christianity's ugliest extreme fringe, he has become, rather by accident, a figure in the North American atheist movement.

"I'm not inclined to settle on that my dad's truth is the right truth, because it's a pretty scary truth if it is," Mr. Phelps says. "But it's just as difficult for me to settle on mainstream Christianity as the truth, because the essence of the message is still there. That these miraculous things happened; that this man who supposedly lived 2,000 years ago did this for us; and this is the basis of where we will spend eternity. Those are tough concepts to look at and say ‘yeah, that makes perfectly good sense.'

"...In the pastor's version of Calvinism, he promised that nearly all humans were sinners, pre-destined before birth to spend an eternity in a lake of fire. There was nothing anyone could do about it. It was terrifying.

"What has stayed with me all these years is the psychological [effect]," Mr. Phelps says. "It's the message, it's the information that you take in in your youth that you carry with you for the rest of your life."

The Bible does say to train up a child in the way he should go, and won't depart from it. And it's clear the way The elder Phelps raised his brood of a dozen WAS NOT the way they should go- "The Way" who is the Truth and the Life. Instead, they were spiritually fed poisonous lies which amounted to spiritually smothering Nate Phelps'.

May God touch his heart, and strike down his father. Okay, not really that last part (God forgive me), but I do hope the wrong Reverend stops spreading hate in the name of Love.


Don said...

Well, judging by those impossible signs, I'd say that his son might have a hard time believing in God.

Then, I am like you, what's the deal with the smiles on their face? As you stated, it appears to be nothing more than the outright spread of hate.

Which is unfortunate.

Alisha De Freitas said...

They scare me. A lot. It's pure evil to delight in the suffering of others. While I know I'd RUN from a family of freaks that promotes and celebrates such degradation, I find it so sad he left Christianity. But then, I doubt he was ever properly introduced to Christ.

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