The estranged son of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps thinks his father "does evil." Nathan Phelps is the seventh son of the pastor's 12 children, and hasn't been in touch with his father in 30 years.
Nate Phelps, who broke ties with his father on his 18th birthday,Â has accused his father of hitting his wife and beating his children until they bled, and is writing a book about his family life.
Of his childhood, he said, "He used his fists. He used his knees and he used the handle of a mattock ... He used that in such a way that it split the skin on the back of the kid's legs so they bled."
The younger Phelps also claims his father abused prescription drugs. Nate's sister Shirley denies the claims, according to CNN News.
"Yikes. Hell no. His (Nate Phelps') imagination goes on and on. This lie should not have come out of his mouth when he decided to reject the word of God. Nothing he can say will change the fact that God hates (homosexuals) and their enablers and therefore God hates America and America is doomed."
Nate had a point when he called his father "one of the best reasons America has been forced to get off the fence and address the issue (of gay rights)."Â TheÂ Westboro Baptist Church has in fact drawn nationwide attention to the absurdity ofÂ their cause, supposedly in the name of God.
Their demonstrations at military funerals have enraged people in this country. Spreading hatred and cruelty in the face of families mourning the loss of a loved oneÂ certainly has gainedÂ Phelps and his followers recognition,Â but not the type anyÂ true believer would embrace. He has shown the nation the true color of hatred.