Alex Blaze

Nate Phelps speaks out about his abusive father

Filed By Alex Blaze | April 05, 2010 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Media
Tags: Fred Phelps, Nate Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church

Nate Phelps, one of Fred Phelps's eleven children, is speaking out about his father for the first time.

Nate says that his father beat his children for hours on end and ranted about homosexuality to them. He describes the family as a cult and discusses some of the theological aspects of their church - turns out that they work under the principle that everyone, absolutely everyone, is going to hell besides them. Go figure.

The first part of the interview is more a summary of the Westboro Baptist Church's more famous stunts. He gets into his childhood with Fred Phelps at around 12:30. Video's after the jump.

Joytv-The Standard-Nate Phelps INVU from Jonathan Roth on Vimeo.

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OK, I watched the interview earlier just after you posted and have been reflecting on it. I have decided Fred Phelps deserves an award. He has probably done more by himself and with his family to advance the cause of equal rights for homosexuals than all the pro gay rights activists combined. Andrew should love the guy. Phelps has been like a one family demonstration of intolerance and condemnation in the national press. You couldn't ask for a better way to get reasonable people supporting gay rights.

What do you think? Should I take a trip out there this summer and give him Deena's 2010 GLBTQ metal of honor (it is a platinum dildo)?

It's so hard to hear!

The poor man has my utmost sympathy. I can't imagine growing up with a monster like Fred Phelps as my father. Just when you think your life is bad...

The sad thing is, this isn't the first time he's spoken out. As long ago as 1994, Nate and Mark Phelps spoke to a reporter about the physical and emotional abuse - some might say torture - their father inflicted on them. Sadly, the paper the reporter was writing for refused to run the article. Happily, the reporter sued to get paid for his work, and his article ended up as Exhibit A - now a public document.

It should be mentioned that the Addicted to Hate article has a lot of explicit descriptions of extreme child abuse and may be disturbing or triggering for some people.

But yeah, it's great that it's part of the public record forever and always.

Paige Listerud | April 6, 2010 1:09 AM

Nate Phelps almost has the patience and forgiveness of a Buddha. I would be an armed raving lunatic if I had been raised by Fred Phelps. I fear for all the little girls in that family.

Renee Thomas | April 7, 2010 10:47 AM

For the entry on “Bodhichitta”, in the dictionary of Buddhism there must indeed be a picture of Nate Phelps.

It’s ironic that for Nate, such wisdom came with the price of the loss of his faith.

My thoughts are summed up by this fragment of an old Rabbinical Middrash:

“ . . . first I need to finish planting this tree, then I’ll come to greet the Messiah . . . “

Sheery Regalado | May 22, 2010 11:36 PM

I began to look in to Fred Phelps today as the WBC was protesting the high school graduation ceremony. I was so angry. I live in a very small town. I was going to a counter protest. Instead I decided to pray to my Gods (I am a pagan) to bring some peace and tranquility to these people. Then I found this interview and have hope for them. If Fred Phelps can father a man such as Nate it may not be too late for some of the younger children. He is amazing. To have lived through the torture of his childhood and come out the other side as such a wise man. Thanks for sharing with us

I'm a student at a tech highschool, and I take Graphic Design. We are currently making magazines, and I decided to make mine political. However, there are department pages and one I decided to create was "Global News" and I chose to use one page and write an article about Nate Phelps and the Phelps' family.

It's so terrible how well, brain washed, the children are. They really see nothing wrong, since they are following the word of God, but these children know nothing else so they lack the choice of choosing a different life, unless they can one day realize, like Nate did, that there are other options. Hopefully, they won't believe they're evil for leaving the family. They're told that they will go to Hell for that sort of thing.

The BBC interview with Loui Theroux was amazing, I recommend watching that.

cheryl roberts | April 5, 2011 4:21 AM

those women singing that song are brain washed bints, what a bunch of retards, these people should be sent to school and be re educated about life NOT the frickin bible, time wasting dick heads