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Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church:

January 13, 2011

Nate Phelps, the estranged son of Fred Phelps has a website and provides some pretty enlightening information on how off the deep end his father has gone:


This doctrine is very important to understanding the Westboro Baptist Church.  My father, and those who follow him, are not preaching to try to convince people of their truth.  Unlike street evangelists, who are trying to convert people, my father has no intention of converting anyone, since conversion is impossible.  You’re either chosen, or you’re not. 

My father was never one to act passively or even moderately to biblical instructions.  If he was instructed not to love the world he would actively hate it! 
Throughout the years of my youth, he systematically expressed his hatred for each of our neighbors, and for the entire community – usually directly to their faces.  For him, this had the effect of isolating us further…just as god had instructed. 

Anyone who claimed to be a believer, but didn’t subscribe to my father’s interpretation of the scriptures, was quickly declared to be excluded from god’s grace for any number of flaws in their doctrine.  For example, the Lord’s Supper was to be performed with unleavened bread and wine only.  If you used grape juice, you were going to hell.  If the loaf wasn’t a single loaf, unleavened, broken by hand, you were guilty of desecrating the body of Christ.  If you had ever divorced, had sex outside marriage, married a divorced person, felt empathy for a gay person — or simply crossed Fred — you were the enemy.

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