John M. Becker

Nathan Phelps: I Mourn My Father, But Mourn Anti-LGBT Hatred More

Filed By John M. Becker | March 24, 2014 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Fred Phelps, LGBT allies, Nathan Phelps, Westboro Baptist Church

"Fred Phelps is now the past... I will mourn his passing, not for the man he was, but for the man he could have been. I deeply mourn the grief and pain felt by my family members denied their right to visit him in his final days. They deserved the right to finally have closure to decades of rejection, and that was stolen from them.

"Even 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...

"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."

-- Outspoken LGBT ally Nathan Phelps, responding to the death of his infamous father Fred Phelps in a statement on the Recovering from Religion website.

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