Monday, 5 July 2010

Son of Westboro Baptist Church leader speaks out

This a very interesting interview with Nate Phelps, the son of the leader of the extremist Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps. You will probably be familiar with the WBC as the wavers of the “God Hates Fags” signs, as well as the picketers of abortion clinics and the funerals of homosexuals and soldiers. Recently they picketed the funeral of Heavy Metal legend Ronnie James Dio to the outrage of the international Metal community. The group is also Anti-Jewish, Anti-Islam, and mostly Anti-Christian (save for their own fundamental-Calvinist view of Christianity).

Westboro Baptist Church Wiki

Nate, who is an Atheist and an advocate of Gay Rights reveals a lot of interesting things to the Pod Delusion pod-cast about growing up in Fred Phelps’ hate-filled world, as well as his siblings, how he escaped his father’s grip, his own personal world view, and his new book. The interview is a very interesting look into the mind of the religious hate-monger from a person with years of personal access to him.

The interview is located between approximately 14.20 and 27.20 minutes in the pod-cast:

British Journalist and documentary film maker Louis Theroux made a documentary on Fred Phelps and the WBC a few years ago that exposes the culture of hate that surrounds them which you can see on Atheist Nation.

The WBC are disenfranchised from (I think) every other movement of protestant Christianity in the world. Even the most primitive Baptist congregations are quick to distance themselves from them and they are widely considered to be a cult:

“Westboro has been labelled as a cult by the website as well as by anti-cult figures such as Rick Ross. Westboro's theology differs considerably from mainstream Christianity by espousing that individuals will be given eternal damnation for any number of sins. The members justify their messages, which they acknowledge to be alarming and hurtful, because the messages are intended to turn people from their current paths which will cause them to be sent to hell.” - Wikipedia
They are also banned entry to the UK.

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