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Nathan Phelps: Escaping Westboro Baptist Church

Aug 14, 2012 6:00 PM   |   Education   |   Listen on Blog Talk Radio   | Download this episode

Nate Phelps is the son of Fred Phelps, infamous pastor of Kansas' Westboro Baptist Church, an entity which asserts that "God Hates Fags," that President Obama is the AntiChrist, and that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were God's punishment upon the United States. One of 13 children, Nate ultimately broke away from his father's extreme Calvanist teaching (and the emotional and physical abuse he asserts was prevalent in the Phelps home) at the age of eighteen.  He built a new life, declared himself an atheist and is now on the front lines against Westboro, religion, child abuse, and is a strong supporter of the LGBT community. Nate's website is His story, plus your calls and emails (send to  Time Zone Converter at

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